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The Debt (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 113 minutes.
OK for children.
Readers know that there are a
few actresses I would pay to see, like Emma Stone and Amy Adams. Not
surprisingly, they are not only terrific actresses, they are gorgeous
young women with lots of sex appeal. However, topping my list is someone
who is old enough to be their mother, Oscar®-winner Helen Mirren. Even
though she is on the shady side of 65, she still has enormous sex
appeal, and is simply the best actress out there, heads and shoulders
above all the others.
While she shines in this
tension-filled thriller set in both 1997 and 1965 based on the 2007
Israeli film Ha-Hov, Jessica Chastain, who plays Mirren's
character, Rachel Singer, in 1965 Berlin, is a young Mirren in more than
looks. She gives a smashing performance of which Mirren must be proud,
since they worked together before filming to work out shared
characteristics that would resonate in the film.
The entire cast is
exceptional. What's involved is that a trio of Mossad agents is sent
behind the Iron Curtain to East Berlin in 1965 to kidnap Nazi war
criminal, Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen), a doctor who has killed or
maimed thousands during WWII, to bring him back to Israel for trial.
Martin Csokas plays the lead Mossad agent, Stephan Gold, as a young man;
Tom Wilkinson as the older man. Ciarán Hinds play the second man, David
Peretz, as an old man; Sam Worthington as the youngster. Rachel is the
third, on her first mission.
It's a complex, visceral plot
with interwoven relationships among the three. The spookiest scenes for
me were the ones where young Rachel is being treated with her legs apart
by Vogel who has remade his career as a gynecologist.
While sticking with the basics
of the original, Director John Madden and writers Matthew Vaughn and
Jane Goldman along with subsequent writer Peter Straughan put more
emphasis on what happened in 1965 than what finally occurs in 1997 than
This is a high-voltage film
with a surprising twist, expertly handled.