The Debt

November 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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Based on the 2007 Israeli film, “Ha-Hov,” this movie tries its hand at being a pensive thriller and almost pulls it off.  Jessica Chastain (who nobody had heard of 6 months ago but has now been in 8 movies in 2011, including “Tree of Life,” “The Help,” and “Take Shelter”) plays a young Mossad agent tasked with killing a Nazi war criminal in 1966 East Germany.  After things go terribly wrong, her two partners and she spend the next 30 years trying to move on.  Guess what?  They can’t.  The film is at its best when the Nazi is on the screen, particularly when he is trying to get under the skin of the 3 agents.  However, the film is neither an all-out thriller nor an all-out morality tale.  By trying to be both, it ends up not being wholly satisfying as either.

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