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Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson star in The Debt, “a pulse-pounding and politically charged suspense thriller.” (Karen Durbin, Elle) In 1966, three Mossad agents were assigned to track down a feared Nazi war criminal hiding in East Berlin, a mission accomplished at great risk and personal cost – or was it? Thirty years later, the suspense builds as shocking news and surprising revelations compel retired team member Rachel Singer (Mirren) to take matters into her own hands. Co-starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Ciarán Hinds, it’s the film critics call “an intelligent thriller with superb performances.” (Claudia Puig, USA Today)
The Debt fuses physical and moral peril as it fuses past and present. In the contemporary half of the story, ex-Mossad agent Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) tells and retells the story of how she and her fellow agents David Peretz (Ciarán Hinds, Rome) and Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom) captured and killed a Nazi war criminal. But in flashbacks to Cold War East Berlin, younger versions of Rachel, David, and Stephan (Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Marton Csokas, respectively) play out a significantly different series of events--and the gap between past and present takes its toll on all three in different (and in one case gut-wrenching) ways. Though Mirren, Hinds, and Wilkinson are a powerhouse trio, it's the Cold War scenes that take hold of the viewer. Jesper Christensen (as the Nazi) invests his conversations with Chastain and Worthington with silky insinuation and taunting contempt, building a devastating suspense. Fans accustomed to Worthington in his action-movie roles (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) will be surprised by the gentle vulnerability he shows here, but it's Chastain (The Tree of Life) who captures the movie's emotional core. She and Mirren perform a strange collaboration that can only happen in the movies, building a fierce and brittle woman out of their complementary performances. --Bret Fetzer
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They need to change the name.( that was a little confusing)
Martin Csokas and Tom Wilkinson are well enough matched in their respective roles as the young and older Stefan Gold, but I was so confused by the casting for the roles of David Peretz (Sam Worthington/Ciaran Hinds) that it took a while before I could follow what was going on. By the end of the movie, the relationships were more clear, but the stark difference in appearance between the two actors set off a cognitive struggle that caused me to miss a lot of other important details and nuances in my effort to keep straight just who was who. I think this one casting mistake is a major flaw of the movie, although the actors themselves did their best with what they were given.
The casting problem aside, I really did like this movie, and more so the second time through it. You could have heard a pin drop when DH and I were watching it, so gripping was this tragedy of errors. But it's subtle in its pacing and effects, with the tension building internally and not as a result of lots of blow-em-up, bash-em-up, fire-em-up scenes. Someone wanting an Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone action flick will most certainly be disappointed; but those seeking a sophisticated thriller that will keep them wondering long after the ending credits role will I think be captivated by it. If my rental had not already expired, I'd watch it yet again.
I would have given this movie 5 stars, but for two things.
1. When you have a story that requires the use of the same characters at different ages and can't do it with make-up,you need to use actors that look like the same character at different ages. While the Jessica Chastain/Helen Mirren match-up worked, Marton Csokas and Tom Wilkinson neither look nor sound like they could be the same person. The same for Sam Worthington and Ciaran Hinds...and Ciaran Hinds is 4" taller than Sam Worthington.
2. This is the second movie where Mossad agents are portrayed as poorly trained and emotionally unprepared for for their assignment. When things don't go as planned, the command structure comes unglued and they all get very emotional. It is very reminiscent of the movie Munich, in which Ciaran Hinds' character died, too. I can only wonder about why they are portrayed that way.
Still, I enjoy "spy movies" where the spies aren't supermen driving souped up cars and blowing everything to bits.
Flash forward to 1997 and the three Mossad agents, still national heroes, need to deal with a few messy entanglements that remain from their 1965 mission. Very messy entanglements, that is.
The movie plays out on two levels. One is a top flight spy thriller. The second is as a top flight morality puzzle. How far should, and will, one, or in this case three, go to clean up a few very messy entanglements. How much does one person owe to him or herself, and to others, to tidy up a very unpleasant pile of muck.
Yes, there are a few plot points that are less than realistic, but they are necessary to make an interesting movie. If you want total reality join the Mossad and go on a mission.
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