THE RECRUIT: Starring Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moyhahan. Director: Roger Donaldson.
Testosterone fuelled spy games as charisma-laden computer whiz Colin Farrell goes to secret agent school.
The future seems bright for Farrell, who shows considerable screen presence to go with the boozin’, swearin’, womanisin’ image that’s taken him from TV’s Ballykissangel to Tinseltown.
He proved a match for Tom Cruise in Minority Report, easily out-shone Ben Affleck in Daredevil, and now he outdoes the great Al Pacino in most of the scenes they share.
Here he plays James Clayton, a computer buff who is recruited by Mr Pacino’s Walter Burke to try out for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Lured by the promise of information about his father, Clayton turns out to be a dab hand at the spy games practised at the CIA training facilty The Farm. But as he gets drawn in deeper, so tension and paranoia mount as he is set a mission to root out a mole agent, with double-cross upon double-cross leaving him unsure who to trust.
It’s not the best thriller you’ll see this year, but it is slick and enjoyable nonetheless.
THE RULES OF ATTRACTION: Starring James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon. Director: Roger Avary.
Those of you lured into the cinema on the strength of TV-friendly, Dawson’s Creek good guy Van Der Beek are in for a shock.
His character here is a million miles away from clean-cut Dawson, and we get to see up close his Sean Bateman on drugs, on the toilet and on the job, in scenes which would shock Joey and Pacey.
The clue is in the name. Sean is the brother of Patrick Bateman, the yuppie nutter in American Psycho. That’s right, The Rules Of Attraction is by Brett Easton Ellis – which means a constant ride of sex, drugs and swearing with no sermons or moralising and very little humanity either.
There’s no structured plot, or really likeable characters.
Yet it is a bold, uncompromising film if you’re in the mood for something different.