The Debt

In 1965, Rachel, David and Stephen, three young Mossad agents, enter East Berlin to identify and kidnap a former Nazi concentration camp doctor. The operation goes wrong, and they have to live with the consequences – until 1997, when the truth threatens to come out and David, the agent most troubled by his conscience, kills himself. It then falls to Rachel (Helen Mirren) to fix the past.

Telling two stories three decades apart, using different actors to play the young and old agents, this thriller was always going to have a difficult job being truly gripping. Being a remake of an Israeli film, Ha-Hov, it also treats Mossad rather kindly. But it’s watchable thanks to a great cast, especially the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain as the young Rachel. 8/10

Released November 10, 2011.

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