The Debt (2010)

The Debt (2010) – I don’t want to say too much about the story of The Debt. It is about three former Mossad agents: Rachel (Helen Mirren), David (Ciarán Hinds), and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson). Rachel and Stefan are divorced and their daughter (Romi Aboulafia) has just written a book about their legendary mission in which they killed a famed Nazi war criminal (Jesper Christiansen). Stefan is a politician climbing the ranks of the Israeli government, Rachel just seems to be living a low-key life, and David is clearly very troubled about something. It may have something to do with that mission they went on thrity years earlier in 1965. The mission makes up the majority of the movie. Rachel (Jessica Chastain), David (Sam Worthington), and Stefan (Martin Csokas) infiltrate communist East Germany to track down the “Surgeon of Birkenau” who is now operating as a seemingly-harmless obstetrician. Rachel goes to see him under the guise of being checked for fertility issues. You want tension? Try watching a scene where an undercover Mossad agent lets a suspected Nazi war criminal examine her vagina. TENSE. Anyway I won’t give away much more of the plot. The movie is well-acted (though how sad is it that handsome Worthington ages into the droopy-faced Hinds?) and well-directed by John Madden (the Shakespeare in Love director, not the football commentator). It isn’t a perfect movie but a taut, well-done thriller worth renting sometime.

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