The Debt (2010) - Psyhological Thrillers

The Debt

[Total votes: 3   Average: 7.3/10]


Every secret comes with a price.

The plot of this thriller begins in 1997 at the presentation of the book about three retired agents, Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren), Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson), David Peretz (Ciarán Hinds) and their mission that took place thirty years ago. The book was written by Sarah Gold (Romi Aboulafia), daughter of Rachel and Stephen, who is very proud of her parents. Meanwhile to Rachel and Stephan comes shocking news about their former colleague David. All three (portrayed, respectively by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) were honored by their country and countrymen for the action that they undertook 1965 in East Berlin. Their task was to follow and arrest Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in order to bring him to Israel for trial. With a lot of risk, psychological games, the mission is completed, or not?


Initially, the film is a true action thriller however, how time goes increasingly resembles on drama and in the first plan comes to expression interpersonal relations. Story leads main actors to the difficult decisions, decisions that lead to issues from the past, which, although maintained as confidential, can come back and haunts them, forcing them to correct some things.

Performance of all actors is on high level. Especially have to mention the dialogues between doctor Vogel and three agents that are phenomenal. Psychological game, in which the doctor plays with its captors, is definitely the best part of the movie. Jesper Christensen was great in role of Dr. Vogel and acted on the highest level, representing a man who is fully aware of his past and because of that, although at first look looks relaxed, nevertheless above all is suspicious and distrustful.

Scenario is despite some flaws, done very well. There are some differences in quality between the action that was going on in 1965 and those in 1997. Primarily, much more dynamic and more effective things happen in the past and this part of the film keeps most attention of the viewer.

The Debt is a good choice for all lovers of thrillers, especially those who love movies about the Nazis.

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