The year is 1965. Rachel Brener is one of 3 young Mossad agents teem who caught "The Surgeon of Birkenau" - a Nazi monster who was never brought to trial in Israel. The official reason was ... See full summary »
The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1965, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations. Written by
The depiction of the train station Wollankstraße is completely wrong.
The train station Wollankstraße was in fact located in the Soviet sector of Berlin but as the main entrance was located in the west sector it was used as a station for West Berlin operated by East Berlin personnel. So trains did not run through like they did at other transit stations but rather stopped there allowing people to embark or disembark. Also, the train station in the movie has overhead lines, while the real Wollankstraße is an S-Bahn station which uses a third rail, meaning that neither the station nor the trains are correct. See more »
The Debt is a Nazi hunt/spy thriller all rolled into one and it's nice to see a classic thriller that takes the subject matter seriously and relies on suspense to keep us in its grip. I was at the edge of my seat for most of the time and there's plenty of surprising turns in the story to keep even the most jaded enthralled.
Most of todays inept filmmakers rely on blowing stuff up hoping that this will count as suspense. It also is such a breath of fresh air in an appalling year of C -grade superhero movies and obscure comic book adaptations. Hopefully this does well so Hollywood can go back to making well written thrillers and dramas like they used to.
Best suspense thriller of 2011 so far.
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