‘The Debt’ ~ First rate mystery thriller
Past events haunt a former Mossad agent (Helen Mirren) when she returns to Eastern Europe to investigate the apparent reappearance of a Nazi war criminal she thought was long dead.
‘The Debt’ is a thrilling mystery that successfully switches back and forth between time periods. Jessica Chastain starring as the young Mossad agent aptly carries the period film side of the story. The present, where the story is initially grounded and the now older Mossad agent, is delivered with a stunningly captivating performance by Helen Mirren.
The intricacy of the story which takes place in two periods of time, both the past and the present, is expertly presented by the sure hand of director John Madden at the helm, guiding two separate sets of actors, and two separate periods time (1940s and present day), for a powerfully engaging film that leaves one breathless as the final sequence unfolds. Should the awards be short in coming for ‘The Debt’, don’t let that be your deciding factor, which receives my top rating and makes my best movies list for 2011…
‘The Debt’ ~ Starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds, Romi Aboulafia, Tomer Ben David, Ohev Ben David, Jonathan Uziel, Eli Zohar, Irén Bordán, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, Sam Worthington, and Jesper Christensen.
Directed by John Madden. Screenplay by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman. Focus Features release. Playing in Phoenix, AZ and nationally. (R – 114 minutes)
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