The film was praised by critics, but did not make much money at the box office.
It was Farrell's first big role on film, and certainly not his last.
As well as working with charity, and speaking at the Special Olympics World Games in 2007, he has donated his salary for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) to Heath Ledger's little daughter (who was left nothing in a will that had not been updated in time).
Ledger had originally been cast in the film and was replaced by Farrell, Johnny Depp and Jude Law.
Set in a futuristic time period, Farrell played the character Danny Witwer, a young member of the Justice Department who is sent after Tom Cruise's character. Farrell continued this success when he reunited with Joel Schumacher on the successful thriller Phone Booth (2002). Farrell also acted in the Irish black comedy film Intermission (2003) and appeared another Irish film Veronica Guerin (2003) which reunited him with Joel Schumacher once again.