This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
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January 8, 2012
The Debt (2011)
When it's over, the truth will set you free - the underlying theme for this thriller set in 1965 and 1997 about a trio of Mossad secret agents whose mission was to capture and bring to trial a Nazi war criminal responsible for the mass killing of Jews during WWII. When the mission goes astray, the trio make a pact based on a lie in order to salvage their credibility and retain their nationalism, but as the years pass, the lie becomes a poison that plagues their lives. This was a really well crafted film, not so much because of the story, but more because of the strong performances from the cast. If this film were to have been casted differently, I don't think it would have had the same emotional impact or effect on me as a viewer. Veteran actors Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciarian Hinds played the retired agents (Rachel, Stephan, & David) in 1997, and I thought they did a fabulous job at portraying characters who were trapped in a lie and how that lie ate away at their souls. Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington played the young version of the trio in 1965 Germany. I think the three actors had great chemistry and played off each other expertly in all the right scenes. Chastain did such a superb job showing how vulnerable and strong Rachel was and how emotionally complicated it was to be caught between the hearts of two men, while trying to lure her target into her trap. The conflict in the story was constantly escalating and the plot twists kept fueling the suspense. I really couldn't predict the ending of this film, and when the ending did come, I was a bit unsettled and surprised.