From the director of Shakespeare In Love and Mrs Brown, John Madden, (no not the American football commentator) comes a spy and espionage drama called The Debt. Set in Israel and Berlin, the story is about three Mossad agents who are sent to capture a Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau and take him back to Israel to stand trial for his crimes during World War II.
The movie starts off in 1997 Israel but very quickly we realise that it is a dual timeline film. The story flicks between 1997 Israel and 1966 Berlin and we have plenty star actors on show here. Helen Mirren plays retired agent Rachel Singer who in the 1966 timeline is portrayed by Jessica Chastain. Also starring are Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington, Ciaran Hinds, Marton Csokas and Jesper Christensen. All play their parts really well and the matches are pretty good with both sets of actors managing to pull off small mannerisms and matches the timelines very nicely.
Despite the two timelines, the film flows very nicely and for the two hours of its length doesn’t jump around all over the place as sometimes happens with multiple timeline movies. I did find that two hours was a little long though and I think it could have been a little shorter without losing much content or important plot points. That would be my only big criticism of what I found to be a very entertaining movie and as a fan of spy dramas this one is certainly worth a watch if you get the chance.
There is action, some romance, drama and a solid storyline throughout and I give The Debt an equally solid 7/10. Check out the trailer and have a look at the movie yourselves if you get a chance. I doubt it will be setting the Oscar world alight but you just never know…