Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Debt

Every secret comes with a price.

This was clearly evident in the new thriller/political drama directed by John Madden. It was an exciting movie, full of crises and dramatic turns. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat for most of the time.

Helen Mirren delivers a spectacular performance as Rachel Singer, a former Mossad agent and Israeli national hero. She is restrained and obviously burdened by her past. Jessica Chastain delivers an equally compelling performance as the younger Rachel.

The movie straddles two timelines: Israel in 1997 and East Berlin in 1965. Rachel teams up with fellow agents David (Sam Worthington) and Stefan (Marton Csokas) to track down Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen) a  Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau. The agents trap Vogel and plan to smuggle him out of Berlin to stand trial in Israel. All that changes on a fateful New Year's Eve and the agents make a decision that changes their lives forever.

Definitely a must-see movie--you will rethink your definition of a hero.

Watch the trailer.

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