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The Debt

29 Dec

the debt1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them. (IMDb)

This has an interesting premise and is well cast. Well, almost well cast. The collection of actors, which are Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Marton Csokas playing the younger versions of Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, and Tom Wilkinson, all are great together. The problem came with the men. Csokas and Wilkinson play Stephan, and Worthington and Hinds play David. Problem with this. Young Stephan looks more like old David, and young David looks more like old Stephan. Confusing right? Try watching it. I did figure it out eventually, it just took a bit. Something I did like were the transitions between 1965 and 1997. They were really seamless and interesting. The timeline is a little jumbled (on purpose) but it all comes together in the end. I thought both storylines were really interesting in their own right, but they did need the other to be complete, so it wasn’t like we were watching two completely different movies or anything. While the ’65 storyline was a little predictable, I enjoyed the acting, especially from Chastain and Worthington. She kicks ass, as usual, and this was some really nice acting from Worthington, who is normally doing action movies. And of course Helen Mirren is always interesting to watch, so no complaints there. So, while this takes a little bit to really get into, it’s worth it in the end.

7.5/10

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