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July 19, 2016
A little confusing to distinguish between the younger characters and their older counterparts, but other than that this is a fine remake.
June 9, 2016
Good concept. Definitely different from average espionage thriller but the lack of action makes this movie a bore, especially at the beginning. The plot twist in the end made this movie more memorable.
½ May 3, 2016
Not a fan of stories told in flashback, which puts this movie at a disadvantage from the beginning. However, the device works here for the most part. Much of that had to do with Jessica Chastain playing the lead role in the past, making long to stay in that part of the movie and see it all without switching to today. Oh, well. You can't have everything. Decent drama with an excellent cast.
½ March 2, 2016
Powerful performances from both our leading ladies playing young (Jessica Chastain) and older (wonderful Helen Mirren) versions of the same character. They play Rachel Singer a CIA agent whose now glorified past mission of bringing a hidden Natzi to justice is coming under scrutiny she and her old operatives must struggle with the truth of a past debt. Marvelous direction and a great and capable cast of young and veteran actors including Sam Worthington, Martin Csoskas, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciri├├,┬ín Hinds. Albeit these actors were strangly casted as the older versions don't necessarily match their younger counterparts perfectly but this can be easily looked over since as I said performances are well done across the board. The debt offers a thrilling intense spy novelesque story that's a must see for all adult filmgoers.
½ February 13, 2016
Film about the mossad, so rightly named (maussade). The mossad was an israelian murder squad to avenge victims of the second world war, I believe. This film is about a flawed operation and uses some of the psychology from both sides. Not all that credible but the film gives us a spy-style ride at times. Not to be taken too seriously. Bloody fun ending. No Bruce Willis?
January 24, 2016
Vegence came at such a price. Was it actually that sweet...
½ January 2, 2016
In many ways comparable to Spielberg's Munich, though more melodramatic and complex. This interesting story about Mossad makes you ponder over the Israeli hegemony.
December 28, 2015
A good spy thriller jumping back and forth over 30 years. Don't want to give too much away if you haven't seen it. Both Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain are very good in the older and younger versions of Rachel.
½ December 13, 2015
The Debt was a gripping tale of espionage and morality, but the casting choices were confusing and the ending wasn't very believable.
December 1, 2015
It got mixed reviews, and has been compared unfavourably with the Israeli original. As a thriller it's good - pacy and scary, and with a challenging scenario. Much of the criticism seems to have been around the moving of focus away from Nazi war crimes and toward the expediency and hypocrisy of the Mossad hit squad. Actually it's a good pacy thriller - characterisation is great and the corrosive nature of a lie on people's lives is well illustrated. It may be Hollywood, but it's Hollywood with Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson in strong central roles.
½ November 25, 2015
I thought Helen Mirren was great. I really enjoyed this film. A nail biting suspense action spy drama with a focus on the interpersonal relationships of these three people. Loved it.
September 14, 2015
A solid historical revenge thriller to get payback on a surgeon who killed thousands during the time of the Nazis. The cast provide good roles and I kove Chastain and Worthingtons characters. I wasn't a fan of the third act though. Thought it fell off a bit, but it was still an entertaining watch.
½ August 3, 2015
The Debt is an overrated film that delivers surprisingly few thrills for a thriller
½ June 12, 2015
There's much suspense to rate this as a top on that category but, the story contradicts it's main aliments by sub aliments very often.
March 28, 2015
I was dragged through the twists and turns, between truth and deceit. 'The Debt' is honestly smart and thrilling.
February 5, 2015
is it too late to re-cut?

The Debt is one of those movies you wish you could re-write yourself. that's because it comes so close to being an exceptional espionage thriller. The younger 1960's episodes are great. Provocative, thrilling, intense. The mission to kill the murderous doctor works really well. The flawed humanity of the 3 "debtors" verses the calculating coldheartedness of the ex-Nazi is enthralling. The love triangle and resulting pregnancy are perfect. Jessica Chastain is wonderful to watch. All four actors are great. But jump to the 1990's and the drama slows to a creaky halt. I like Helen Mirren but to see what becomes of these three young dynamic revolutionary figures is a huge let-down. The climax of watching two very old people wrestling on the floor to the death is too pathetic to watch, and makes the entire plot seem unintentionally absurd. Unfortunately, because of a three decade leap, The Debt essentially boils down to: It sucks to be old.

A five year jump after the botched assassination would have been sufficient, instead of thirty years, and it could have used the same actors. The movie would have been less disjointed and opened up more possibilities in the way of male rivalry, revenge and romance. And heat up to a more satisfying climax and conclusion.

Just eliminating most of the 1997 scenes would have made a better picture.
January 18, 2015
Gripping and intelligent. Helen Mirren is a g!
January 14, 2015
One of the few movies that a little information beforehand is a good thing because during the first 15 or so minutes I was more or less in the dark over what the hell was going on. Then eventually it became clear this is about nazi hunters during the 1960's in east Berlin leading to it settling down quite nicely and becoming generally quite a good watch. The cast is fairly strong, although Helen Mirren is given top billing despite her not really being on screen all that much, with her younger self (Jessica Chastain) getting more of the meat of the story. This though overall is sufficiently entertaining and certainly well made enough for most film fans to take a look.
December 23, 2014
Interesting and different tale of the Nazi era, but it falls apart in the third act. The "modern day" scenes don't come close to the quality of the flashbacks.
December 10, 2014
A few plot holes here and there but overall a very excitant triller full of twists and omg moments.
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