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Genres Drama Thriller
Running Time 112 min
MPAA rating R
Release Date Aug 31, 2011
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The Debt

In 1965, young Mossad agent Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain) and two comrades (Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas) are involved in a secret mission to capture a Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau (Jesper Christensen). The mission ends with the man's death on the streets of East Berlin. Thirty years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has appeared, and Rachel (Helen Mirren), haunted by memories of past events, must return to Eastern Europe to uncover the truth.

Sam Worthington Young David
Ciarán Hinds David
Helen Mirren Rachel Singer
Marton Csokas Young Stefan
Tom Wilkinson Stefan
Jessica Chastain Young Rachel Singer
Alain Payet Vogel
Romi Aboulafia Sarah
Lisa Wolff Politicians Wife
Nitzan Sharron
Alexander Fennon

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Sep 02, 2011 - Jennavive. on The Debt
Real People & Real Issues

I went in looking for a slow plodding movie, instead it was well paces and enjoyable. Few movies are as perfectly cast as The Debt. It's just unreal how believable it is that Jessica Chastain is a young Helen Mirren (Helen Mirren was great as usual), that Sam Worthington is a young Ciaran Hinds, and that Marton Csokas is a young Tom Wilkinson.

While Israeli accents often slip amongst the actors, in particular Sam Worthington, the performances of the cast are pure and emotionally authentic, while director John Madden infuses the scenes of the past with so much raw tension that The Debt often rivals Hitchcock classics, and then the scenes in the present are so marvelously played by the older actors conveying so much with simple looks. There’s richness to character in The Debt beyond the usual thrills of a thriller like this, and it is what makes The Debt so special and enjoyable. Even if the present is less exciting to watch than the past, the two work in tandem, with the past delivering the thrills and the present the emotion of the events.

The movie was grim at times and even shocking in some scene. The theater had just a few people and most where older couples. I don't think it will do well in box office numbers. But it is a good movie not great but very good. If you like to see how people deal with moral and ethical issues and not be super hero this is the movie. There are no James Bond or Salt characters but real fully identifiable human being with flaws and defects. There is a lingering question at the end of the movie but no spoiler in here. I'm saying that because I don't know the answer either.

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