Saturday, September 3, 2011

"The Debt"

Hey, guys, and welcome back to part two of today's double feature!

So to round off this double feature, what are we going to do? Why, go for a revenge thriller. This one has a much more political base, though, so it will be quite different from what we had.

So let's get on with it!

The Debt

Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren/Jessica Chastain) was a Mossad agent who was sent with agents Stefan (Tom Wilkinson/Marton Csokas) and David (CiarĂ¡n Hinds/Sam Worthington) to capture and bring in Dieter Vogel, the infamous Surgeon of Birkenau (Jesper Christensen). The job went successfully, and the three went on with their lives. However, almost thirty years later it seems the case may not be as closed as they thought...

...and honestly, that's as far as I can go without spoiling something. Let's just say that there's a plot twist, and that it's a rather good plot twist to boot. And that everything that follows after it makes this one of the best thrillers I've seen since I started this blog.

Does it have a few issues? Yes: the movie drags a little bit once we reach the third act, and it drags quite painfully then too. Some of the action scenes also could have been shot a hair more clearly.

But honestly? Everything else about it clicks into place so well it's difficult to mind those things. The acting is absolutely stellar, including a surprisingly good turn from Sam Worthington. (In terms of the acting, though, Jessica Chastain and Jesper Christensen pretty much steal the movie from everyone else.) The entire part in 1965 is intense, and it does a remarkable job of staying intense, which is a very difficult thing for a thriller to pull off. There isn't much action, either, which also works in its favor because it allows us time to concentrate on the plot.

I... really don't have much else to say without spoiling this movie. But seriously? You all should check out The Debt. It's one of the most intense thrillers I've ever seen, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least check it out.


Most definitely worth checking out.

This is Herr Wozzeck Reviews, signing out on tonight's double feature. I'll see you guys next time.

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