Finally an espionage movie worth watching. The editing, directing, art direction, cinematography and cast are superb. Just under two hours of twists and turns worth that medium popcorn. If you haven’t seen it…it is a must. It brought me back to movies of old. Movies that were not predictable and overwhelmed with special effects…where script and acting actually matter. That’s what you get with “The Debt”.
Time Tells All
The suspense builds in and across two different time periods 1966 and 1997, brilliantly played with two separate casts the 1997 secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about David (Ciarán Hinds). The 1966 cast of Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington track down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. You’ll love the texture, style and editing of this film. The rest is just pure entertainment and suspense with a few unexpected turns along the way.
A Sum of Its Parts
Christensen is erie and fantastic as the Nazi devil who saw his Jewish captors as mere animals worth his diabolic will. No doubt worth an oscar performance supporting actor nomination despite his limited screen time. Chastain is incredible…and Csokas and Worthington make you believe their passion and insecurities. And Helen Mirren…well it’s Helen Mirren another fantastic performance worthy of oscar consideration. The true hero of this film for me is Director John Madden showing us that great direction is what makes a great film. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud.
The real winner is you and I. If you like great scripts…good acting and simply films that hold your attention then you will love this film. I’m not going to give any of the movie away…enjoy.