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Maybe you saw the 2011 Hollywood remake starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain, maybe not. I saw the Hollywood remake last year, and when I compare the two, the original movie shines and is simply better. Why you may ask? Several reasons: one, there is a huge plot point that is radically different in the two movies, which I simply cannot understand why Hollywood felt compelled to change. Two, the Hollywood remake focues way too much on the love triangle (or not) between the female and the 2 male Mossad agents, which is absent in the original movie. As a result of the latter, the original movie is riveting and tense from start to finish, whereas the Hollywood movie has to have the occasional romantic interlude. I'm not saying that the Hollywood remake is bad per so, it is not.Read more ›
Starting in 2007, the film opens with an ex-Mossad agent played by Gila Almagor stepping up to receive accolades upon the publishing of her account of an infamous case thirty-five years in the past. As a young agent, she was part of a team that took down an infamous war criminal. All, however, might not be what it seems when it comes to this momentous event. Through a series of tensely escalating flashbacks, we are clued in to what really happened in 1964--and it does not match the official accounting. Still struggling with the truth, Almagor is given a very real chance to face the repercussions of her decisions as a youth. She decides to put herself on the line again out of a combined sense of duty and guilt, and the picture continues to play out as a timely and relevant morality play.Read more ›
It's a sensitive and moving story - and a superb film.
"The Debt" (2007) is an Israeli thriller drama about three Mossad operatives Rachel, Zvi and Ehud on a secret mission to capture a Nazi doctor in East Berlin. They return to their country with their mission accomplished, and become sort of heroes. Thirty years later, they find a strange newspaper article about the doctor they had exterminated. Rachel travels to Kiev to do what she should do, but what did really happen to the three agents thirty years ago? And what will a retired agent Rachel do?
The film's story goes back and forth between two timelines, 1964 and 1994, and events are traced from the viewpoint of agent Rachel, young and old. The contrast between the young and inexperienced Rachel (Neta Garty) and the experienced and tired one (Gila Almagor) is nicely done. Director Assaf Bernstein's film is less about action and mystery than characters, especially Rachel, and how they confront with each other and their past, and it works.
However, the intriguing premise of "The Debt" is somewhat undermined by several events that seem implausible. Also, as a thriller it lacks convincing detail (in the 1994 part, in particular) and as a drama the interaction between the "Surgeon" and Rachel (and other agents) is certainly tense, but all too brief. Considering the unanimously strong performances from the cast, the 1964 sequence could have been more intense with someone like Roman Polanski (I'm talking about "Death and the Maiden").
"The Debt" is a spy thriller with more focus on characters and their psychology. It is fine as such, but more attention to what they do would have been helpful.
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If you are a buff of ww2 stories and the after math .....finding the fugitive nazi's etc....you will enjoy the twist?!!Published 20 months ago by Health seeker
This movie is much better than its english language counterpart. The story line is more believable and its ending is far superior.Published 20 months ago by Ronald Koenig
The only thing this movie proves is what many of us who grew up military and served is that the New Army in this Nation is gonna fold like a cheap accordion and we'll be taking the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by crosscountryman
A grittier tale that more deeply examine the motives and anguish of the participants more than makes up for the lower production value. Worth the time to watch it.Published 22 months ago by Ken
The movie was difficult to follow. Add the subtitles to the mix made the movie not enjoyable.Would not recommend to viewers.Published 23 months ago by lou martarano
I THINK MOST PEOPLE WHO WATCH THIS MOVIE WILL LIKE IT VERY MUCH.THE MOVIE IS FULL OF ACTION SND THE AVTING IS VERY GOOD.Published 23 months ago by MIKE FUHRER
I found the film very entertaining! It reflected in many ways reality of what can and sometimes happen when a team or a single person is put to the test. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Louis J. Barbier
A more personal and less epic version of what Marathon Man was as far as reckoning with escaped Nazi leaders and the issues of justice and revenge. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer