The Debt

August 31st, 2011







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Plot
The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel...

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.9/10 (20,683 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: John Madden

Stars: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson

Storyline
The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1965, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

Writers: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman

Cast:
Helen Mirren - Rachel Singer
Tom Wilkinson - Stephan Gold
Ciarán Hinds - David Peretz
Romi Aboulafia - Sarah Gold
Tomer Ben David - Sarah's Husband
Ohev Ben David - Sarah's Son
Jonathan Uziel - Mossad Agent
Eli Zohar - Stephan's Driver
Irén Bordán - Seminar Moderator
Jessica Chastain - Young Rachel
Marton Csokas - Young Stephan
Sam Worthington - Young David
Jesper Christensen - Doktor Bernhardt / Dieter Vogel
Brigitte Kren - Frau Bernhardt / Nurse
Bálin Merán - Man on Tram Station



Details

Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site |

Release Date: 31 August 2011

Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,949,109 (USA) (4 September 2011) (1826 Screens)

Gross: $31,146,570 (USA) (30 October 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tom Wilkinson and Ciarán Hinds had both worked previously with Helen Mirren on the TV hit series Prime Suspect. Wilkinson in season 1, and Hinds in season 3.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: Vogel uses latex gloves when examining Rachel in 1966, but this was not common in medical practice before the 1980s.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.



User Review

Strong action drama

Rating: 8/10

With a screenplay from successful duo Matthew Vaughan and Jane Goldman (among others) and directed by John Madden (Mrs Brown, Shakespeare in Love) and featuring a strong cast 'The Debt' has a great pedigree.

This action drama begins in 1997 with highly touted former Mossad agent Rachel (Helen Mirren) at a party to celebrate the release of her daughter's book based on events that involved Rachel and her fellow former agents Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) and David (Ciaran Hinds). All seems well until the past comes back to revisit them.

The action moves back and forth between1997 and 1965 and the dangerous mission in East Berlin the trio undertook to track down and kidnap a Nazi war criminal, Dieter Vogel (played with a combination of evil charm and chilling menace by Jesper Christensen).

Young Rachel (Jessica Chastain), Stefan (Marton Csokas) and David (Sam Worthington) must accomplish a dangerous mission behind the Iron Curtain. They must deal with the authorities, the cunning Vogel and each other. The question the film poses to the viewer is: did the team succeed? Tension and suspense are deftly built and sustained as the plot continues across the two different time periods. This is a film with a strong subject matter, frenetic and desperate action sequences and is at times highly unsettling and claustrophobic.

See, this is not just your standard thriller with stylish flashbacks. This also explores themes of love, fear, guilt and redemption in a story that unfolds over the course of thirty two years.

Ambitious and hard hitting 'The Debt' gripped me from beginning to end and despite its gritty feel and tough subject matter it managed to move at a good pace and asked pertinent questions. You wonder what you would do in the situations the characters in the film find themselves in which is a strong selling point.

Too often these days film and television takes the moral high ground where a pseudo reality exists where everything is between good and evil and choices are black and white. Well, this film does not patronise the viewer and offers challenging and believable action and dilemmas.

It's not the best thriller I have ever seen, but it succeeds on its own merits thanks to its strong story, capable cast and assured direction.









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