• Jacob HB

    ★★★½ Watched by Jacob HB 02 Aug, 2014

    The Debt is well written, well shot and very well performed but lacks that spark to make truly memorable or emotionally engaging cinema.

    The central story of the Mossad agents, tracking down the infamous 'Butcher of Birkenau' is intriguing and well sequenced. Matthew Vaughn has written an elegantly paced script which throws in enough surprises to keep the outcome of the mission tense. However, the film falls down in the bookended present timeline which is nowhere near as compelling as…

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  • Joyce Heinen

    ★★★★ Watched by Joyce Heinen 05 May, 2014

    “The Debt” is based on the Israeli movie “Ha-Hov” from 2007. Three Mossad agents try to capture a Nazi doctor. Their mission didn’t go according to plan. The decision they make will haunt them when they’re older. They are seen as heroes in their country, but do they really deserve that?

    The heart of the film is formed by a flashback from 1965, where Rachel, Stephan and David are send to East Berlin. Their task is to find doctor Bernhardt,…

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  • SleepyDino

    ★★★½ Watched by SleepyDino 28 Jun, 2013

    「特務謎雲」
    7.5
    Jessica Chastain, 原來就是你!

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  • Diego Fontes

    ★★½ Added by Diego Fontes

    Interpretação boa, história interessante, desfecho óbvio demais.

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  • Jason Kaiser

    ★★★★ Watched by Jason Kaiser 25 Jul, 2014

    A lot to like here - very original script, great performances, & several twists. Seemed well paced and dramatic from start to finish.

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  • Michael Offerosky

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael Offerosky 30 Jun, 2014

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

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  • SMRIDGLEY74

    ★★½ Watched by SMRIDGLEY74 23 Jun, 2014

    Bit serious for me, but ok. The Mirren steals the show of course.

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  • Niall Blackie

    ★★★ Watched by Niall Blackie 22 Jun, 2014

    A film of two halves, even if they are meshed into one. Flicking back and forth between the 1960s/70s and late 90s the film looks at 3 Mossad agents' efforts to track down and bring to justice a Nazi war criminal. For me this is where the film falls down; the flashback action was tense, dramatic and well acted (especially the always magnificent Chastain). Unfortunately I found the more modern parts rather boring and even poorly acted, this was especially…

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  • Agnis

    ★★★½ Watched by Agnis 22 Jun, 2014

    Slow start, but gets pretty interesting. Ending falls a bit flat.

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  • loureviews

    ★★★½ Watched by loureviews 08 Jun, 2014

    This film by John Madden uses interfiling stories from 1965 and 1997 to show how three Mossad agents tracked down the evil Surgeon of Birkenau, Dieter Vogel, in Berlin, and returned as heroes.

    With two generations of casting: Jessica Chastain/Helen Mirren, Marlon Csokas/Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington/Ciaran Hinds, this story is perhaps most successful in the closer to present day passages, but the feeling of tension within the Berlin apartment in 1965 is keenly felt, although Vogel (Jasper Christensen) occasionally veers…

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  • badblokebob (100 Films in a Year)

    ★★★★ Watched by badblokebob (100 Films in a Year) 31 Mar, 2013

    Screenwriting partnership Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn vacate their usual milieu (see Stardust, Kick-Ass, etc.) for this Israeli spy thriller remake.

    In a dual-pronged narrative, a team of Mossad agents are hailed as heroes following a high-value mission, only to face serious repercussions decades later. A cast led by Oscar winner Helen Mirren and nominees Jessica Chastain and Tom Wilkinson help affirm this as serious-minded Cold War drama, miles away from the Bondian world Goldman & Vaughn will next enter for Mark Millar adaptation The Secret Service.

    Perhaps a little stodgy in places, it’s nonetheless an engrossingly plausible espionage drama.

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  • TajLV

    ★★★ Added by TajLV

    Despite Helen Mirren’s absence for half the film, as Jessica Chastain takes her place as the “young” Rachel Singer, this film works pretty well as a thriller, trying to hunt down a Nazi war criminal in East Germany then Russia. Not the best or worst of spy flicks of recent mintage. I found it enjoyable.

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