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The Recruit (2003)

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Commentary 1: Director Roger Donaldson and actor Colin Farrell Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 11th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
You know, if you comb through some of the earliest DVD releases from major studios (say, anything from the late '90s into the early "aughts"), you sometimes stumble onto an interesting track. To my knowledge, Colin Farrell has not contributed to many commentaries. This track finds him paired with Aussie Action director Roger Donaldson. Done well, these Director-Star "Two-Handers" can lead to commentary legend (see John Carpenter and his many pairings with the leading man). In this track, Donaldson starts things off filling the listener in on all manner of production. Including locations, props, and the meticulous recreation of the CIA sets, Roger checks off all the boxes. It's when he turns attention to his star that the revelations are insightful and often rather humorous. Colin talks about his introduction to dramatic theater, his obvious admiration of Al Pacino's work, and frequently points out stunts he wanted to do, and ones he failed at. Much blame laid to our Automatic transmission vehicles in North America. The track made me appreciate Colin as an actor, and empathize with him as a person. Any star who readily admits he's great at being a "drunk" but perhaps not playing one, is alright in my book. 8/10
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on January 5th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
The review by frankasu03 above is a fine assessment of this track. They talk about filming Toronto for Washington, DC, and using the latest early 2000s technology. They naturally are complimentary of Pacino, as well as Bridget Moynahan. Donaldson seems to think that Farrell was in fine training shape for the physical demands of the role, but Farrell amusingly refutes that notion, voicing his disdain for working out. They speak much about acting as a craft, how Farrell prepares for a role and learning the cadence and rhythms of another dialect. Farrell tends to swear often on this track so there are frequent [bleeps] throughout. While not overly informative about this film, this was a nice conversation between collaborators.