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Debt, The (2011)
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by Daniel Kelly

"Worth it for the actors"
4 stars

“The Debt” is two thirds of a brilliant film, John Madden’s intriguing espionage yarn only falling apart during its bloated and limping conclusion.

A brilliantly acted piece of work, the movie manages some hugely suspenseful sequences, the filmmakers orchestrating a skilfully plotted and tautly handled maze of potboiler theatrics. However despite some decent characterization, “The Debt” doesn’t remain engaging for its full duration, Madden fumbling the finale through a preposterously generic and bloated wrap-up. It’s a genuine pity.

The intricate plot cuts efficiently between two different timeframes, the first seeing a young group of Mossad agents attempting to bring justice upon a Nazi war criminal, the second set in 1997 a study of the repercussions the mission has had on them in later life. “The Debt” assumes a twisty narrative style, which along with a few punchy action sequences and a consistent aura of tension keep the opening two acts extremely watchable. Unfortunately the baggy finale lets too much gas out of the bag, the picture flaccidly stumbling toward a climax, rather than making good on the promise indicated by earlier segments.

A solid thriller then, but perhaps not the genre gem it could have been.

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originally posted: 10/17/11 08:35:32
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9/08/11 PAUL SHORTT INTELLIGENT ESPIONAGE THRILLER WITH GOOD PERFORMANCES 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  31-Aug-2011 (R)
  DVD: 06-Dec-2011

UK
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Australia
  31-Aug-2011
  DVD: 06-Dec-2011


Directed by
  John Madden

Written by
  Jane Goldman
  Matthew Vaughn

Cast
  Sam Worthington
  Helen Mirren
  Marton Csokas



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