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The Debt (2011)

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The Debt (2011)


Helen Mirren
Sam Worthington
Marton Csokas
Ciarán Hinds
Tom Wilkinson
Jessica Chastain

Directed by: John Madden

Distributed by: Focus Features
Miramax Films

The debt is a movie that keeps going in a flat state with action scenes here and there till it ends. Steadily driven by John Madden (Shakespeare In Love, 1998), the debt is a strong suspense thriller that keeps you captivated till the end. .

The movie tells the tale of three Israeli Mossad agents that were sent in 1966, to capture a Nazi War Criminal, the plot takes us through two parallel lives as we watch Rachel (Helen Mirren) in 1997 and Rachel (Jessica Chastain) in 1966. Don’t be fooled by the poster to think this a Helen Mirren movie, it is actually a Jessica Chastain movie and the plot is so heavy and the acting so masterful that you will be glued to the screen till it ends.

The only sad thing about this strong movie is, after watching, will you recommend it to someone else?

This 2011 film is based on an Israeli film done in 2007 of the same and was directed by Assaf Bernstein.  As grand as this film is with a great plot about what led to the return of the three heroes, without the criminal they were sent to capture and the tale of his supposed death when he tried to escape. The debt still leaves you feeling flat and comes out as a movie that you will watch once and never see again.
As the whole fun and joy of the movie is gone by the time you have seen it the first time. It even may be dull for those who are not a fan of drama.

Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Jessica Chastain, were the characters that keep you going, there acting and reactions to the scenes were unique. The continuity in the movie too is something the director did right as we keep switching from past to present, (spending more time in the past than the present). The directors made sure that as you are watching this movie don’t get confused or lost. The movie also had some elements of romance and it was said that Helen Mirren did some reading up on the holocaust so as to be able to properly depict the character.

More could have been done to turn this into a masterpiece but I guess there is no use crying over spilled milk. All in all, the movie is cool, the ending could be better, won’t be buying the DVD release though.


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