The Debt features an all-star cast (both the young and old versions), led by Helen Mirren and her younger counterpart Jessica Chastain (who is on a career whirlwind this year) both playing Rachel Singer, a young and ambitious Israeli Mossad secret agent on a three person mission to obtain one of the Nazi regime’s biggest players (Jesper Christensen), now a doctor living an ordinary life, in order to put him on trial for his crimes.
Alternating back and forth between present day (1997), where her daughter Sara has written a book about their mission, and 1966 when mistakes in their mission led to circumstances unplanned for and events since covered up. Rachel, confronted by her past in the form of David (Ciaran Hinds), one of their threesome, must decide between right and wrong, which now not only affects her but her family as well.
The Debt is a good suspenseful drama filled with twists, a love triangle, and an insatiable desire for revenge against someone who committed Nazi crimes (a common cinematic theme it seems these days). Not as action-packed as some viewers might expect, this film does keep your attention and move along quickly. I would’ve liked to have seen more backstory/character development, particularly for the introverted David character (played by Sam Worthington and Marton Czokas) and Rachel.
Click here for Denver Metro showtimes for The Debt.
This November, join the Miryam Brand Holocaust Film Project for their screening at George Washington High School in Denver. Their film, Survivor Stories: Generations, will feature a collection of stories from survivors, their children and grandchildren. Click here for more information.
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