Was able to get into a press screening of The Debt
Stars: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Ciarán Hinds, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Tom Wilkinson.
Directed by John Madden, who also did Mrs. Brown
& Shakespeare In Love
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 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.
Really good film, though if you can, try not to read anything about it
. Seriously. I've seen a couple reviews that give away key plot points. I even took a sentence out of the above plot summary as it gave away something. What the hell where they thinking?
The suspense is terrific, the cast is spot-on. You might miss Helen Mirren through the middle of the film as events of the past play out, but she comes back to the fore in the last act.
Jesper Christensen gets a nod for the excellent job he does as the ex-Nazi. Chilling performance.
The film starts off in high-gear, and does a very good job of balancing action with dialogue-driven scenes.