• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    "The Debt" weaves a tangled web of lies and deceptions around a seemingly heroic raid in 1965 carried out by three agents of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency known for more ability than it exhibits here. Their mission: Enter East Berlin with secret identities, kidnap a Nazi war criminal and bring him to Israel for trial. He is Vogel (Jesper Christensen), the notorious Surgeon of Birkenau, who conducted unspeakable procedures on his captives.

    The film opens with the agents being…

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  • Joe Hastings

    ★★★★ Added by Joe Hastings 3

    While I'm unfamiliar with the director that's not necessarily a bad thing. Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Ciarán Hinds, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Tom Wilkinson are well known talents that make up this fantastic movie. It may be a few years old, but I wasn't dying to see something with Sam Worthington in it.

    I made a lot of assumptions about this one and I was wrong. The direction was smooth especially when it came to scene transitions. Worthington's acting…

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  • TheMovieVampire

    ★★★ Watched by TheMovieVampire 01 Dec, 2013

    The Debt is about a group of four Mossad agents who, during the 1970s, went on a covert mission to East Germany in order to capture a fugitive Nazi. The film follows this mission but also incorporates a framing story in which these agents have aged significantly and must deal with the fallout of what transpired on the mission. The Debt is a handsomely staged affair: it deals with an interesting era, it has a cast full of fine actors…

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  • SteveZ

    ★★★½ Added by SteveZ

    The story behind the movie was great and I enjoyed the slow pace. However, I did find it incredibly difficult to discern who was who between the 1960s and 1990s timelines.

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  • DekeDaSilva

    ★★½ Watched by DekeDaSilva 18 Mar, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Mike D'Angelo

    ★★★ Watched by Mike D'Angelo 20 Nov, 2011 2

    60/100

    Fails almost completely as the sober examination of moral reckoning intended, but works surprisingly well as a straightforward espionage potboiler, to the point where I kinda got sucked into it against my will. (Every awards screener sent to me gets at least 10 courtesy minutes, no matter how hopeless its cause appears to be.) Madden still isn't much of a stylist (hadn't seen anything since Shakespeare in Love), but he stages the lengthy flashback's various setpieces with an effective…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★ Watched by Bob Hovey 01 Sep, 2012

    I still haven't seen the original Israeli film but this version from sporadic director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and screenwriter Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Kick Ass) plays pretty well. It's a parallel tale, the first one about three Mossad agents sneaking into East Berlin in 1965 to capture a Nazi war criminal, and the second story about the same folks in the present day when the true account of the details of their mission begin to come to light. Helen…

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  • nicktday

    ★★★★ Rewatched by nicktday 08 Feb, 2014

    A slightly misjudged final confrontation between Helen Mirren and the film's antagonist might stray too close to being unintentionally funny but otherwise this is a very smart movie.

    The initial extraction is a lesson in creating tension with a superbly put together sequence that makes me long for a WWII Commando movie. The events after this pivotal scene are slow, deliberate and provide a showcase for some pretty good acting, Jessica Chastain in particular almost changing my opinion about her.

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  • TheCincyKid

    ★★★★ Added by TheCincyKid

    Artistically, John Madden's film scarcely disappoints. The pressing plot, compelling performances and abrupt fits of brutality inundate it with a crushing level of suspense. The Debt has a far advanced intellect and significantly more meaningful characterizations. Many will feel a homecoming to the school of 1970s thrillers such as Three Days of the Condor or Marathon Man.

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  • Carla_Brussels

    Watched by Carla_Brussels 31 Jan, 2014

    kind of seen it... I lost interest and fell asleep... worst mossad agents ever

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  • Matt Wright

    ★★★★ Watched by Matt Wright 16 Jan, 2014

    Although I did not see the Israeli original, I can safely say that this is a clever and well-acted thriller- even if the accents sometimes derail.

    There are a few missteps here and there, especially due to it's time-shifting narrative. Unfortunately the continuity between Worthington and is 'future self' doesn't click- while with Mirren and Chastain there is some clear similarity, with Worthington it is distracting.

    Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, they remind us what a good thriller…

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  • Patrick Bonner

    ★★★½ Added by Patrick Bonner

    B+

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