The Debt

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A suspense-thriller, The Debt, is an engaging non-fiction spy film adapted from the Israeli movie Ha-Hov. In 1966, three Massad agents named Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain), David Peretz (Sam Worthington) and Stephan Gold (Marton Csokas) are sent to East Berlin to capture a Nazi war criminal. When they return the doctor to Israel, he’ll stand trial for his experimentations on Jews during World War II. Rachel’s job is to visit a fertility doctor named Bernhardt (Jesper Christensen) and secretly photograph him to verify that he is actually Dieter Vogel, the surgeon of Birkneau before the three agents abduct him. Jump forward 30 years to 1997, and the three agents are being recognized once again for the capture of the heinous doctor. When Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) kills himself, David (Ciaran Hinds) tells Rachel (Helen Mirren) he heard the doctor is still alive and someone needs to finish the job. Since David is dead and Stephan is in a wheelchair, Rachel has to go undercover once again to kill the doctor – if it’s really him. Suspense-thrillers are my favorite film genre and this is a perfect example of why. This movie has a smart script that is intriguing, compelling and has tension you can feel. The actors are fabulous which only adds to the overall drama and excitement. Okay, maybe it’s because of my extra sensitive hearing but I think I heard some of those Israeli accents intermingling with the language from another country. (Maybe no one else noticed?) It is rather bloody and violent but it’s not gratuitous like the raunchiness in most comedies and it fits perfectly with the story. There was romantic tension with a love triangle that could have been left out, but that’s a minor complaint. I love to be pleasantly surprised so I’m giving this film an A- rating.

This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.