The Debt (2011)

Starring: Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas, Jesper Christensen, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds

Directed by: John Madden

R. 113 mins

A film that probably looked good on paper but somehow doesn’t excite or morally effect us enough to warrant it’s seemingly never-ending length. Awkwardly jumping between 1966 and 1997, it’s the story of retired Mossad secret agents who were sent to track down a Nazi war criminal and though the world believes they accomplished the mission, it appears that years later the truth is finally coming out. A remake of 2007’s Ha-Hov, it’s a shame that in adding more action and “thrills” the American version has also removed some important political weight in exchange for a dramatic love triangle. There’s some fine performances here but The Debt lacks focus and the ridiculous ending renders the entire thing rather pointless – * * 1/2


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