The Recruit is a 2003 American spy thriller film, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Al Pacino, Colin Farrell and Bridget Moynahan.James Clayton a PC programming master at MIT, is offered a meeting by senior Central Intelligence Agency teacher Walter Burke for a position with the Agency. In the wake of seeing an exhibit of Clayton’s abilities, Burke tests Clayton with a riddle encoded on the games page of a daily paper. Clayton consents to be enlisted in light of the fact that he needs data about his missing father, whom he suspects was a CIA operator.