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September 9th, 2011

Movie Review - The Debt

The Debt

Starring: Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hindz, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, Sam Worthington, Jesper Christensen and more...



Directed by: John Madden Screenplay by: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Peter Straughan Based on the film "Ha-Hov" by: Assaf Bernstein and Ido Rosenblun Original Music by: Thomas Newman

Premise: Three Mossad agents have carried a secret and lived a lie for over thirty years. Now there's a chance the lie will be exposed.

Review: When I saw the previews for
this one, and the name, I made an assumption or two based on what was
shown. Unfortunately, my assumption was pretty much bogus. While an
interesting film, I think the extra layer I thought they were going to
do, but didn't, would have pumped it up a bit, but what can you do? :P

Moving
from 1965-66 to 1997 and back again, the story slowly unfolds as we
first get to see the lie and then the truth of what actually happened in
the teams hunt for Dr Dieter Vogel for crimes against Jews during the
war.

Superb acting from everyone involved and the
locations were all authentic, with the filming done in Budapest, Tel
Aviv and the UK. A lot of the important parts, however, actually happen
in an old dilapidated flat in East Berlin. Jesper Christensen really
sold it as being both empathic and totally calculating as Dr Vogel.

The characters are interesting and complex and it was
fascinating seeing how the 1997 dynamics came to be back in 1966. The
three go from a tight well trained unit to barely keeping it together.
Despite the lie, I think Rachel was beyond brave in the past and the
present. To sit there and be examined by the man they were hunting to
get confirmation - brrrrrr.  

Watching fate intervene with their best laid plans was fascinating. As well as the reasons they did what they did, when they find themselves in a position they can do nothing about.

A simmering film and sleepy thriller with some large
moral questions. I was sold on the ending but hubby was not. Did wish
we'd seen a more concrete answer on one point at the end and some of the
fallout, but it's left up to us.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5  (Hubby's rating: Better for Matinee)

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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