Director: John Madden
Writer: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Peter Straughan
Based on: Ha-Hov [I haven’t seen it. Yet.]
Cast: Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas, Jesper Christensen
1997: Rachel (Helen Mirren) is a retired Mossad agent. Her daughter is launching her book about Rachel’s most important assignment when Rachel’s ex-husband Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) brings her the message of David’s (Ciarán Hinds) suicide. In 1966, Rachel (Jessica Chastain), Stephan (Marton Csokas) and David (Sam Worthington) were in Germany together on said assignment: they were supposed to find the Nazi doctor Jürgen Vogel (Jesper Christensen) and bring him back to trial in Israel.
The movie is absolutely excellent. The cast is great, the story (while not completely surprising) was tense and I was completely involved. It did have some weaknesses but they hardly mattered.
So, to get the weaknesses out of the way: First, it was decided that since everybody spoke English despite playing Israeli characters, they would all have to speak English with an Israeli accent. Which just drove me nuts, especially since that is one of my pet peeves and happens way too often in movies. It really doesn’t make sense and it’s amazingly annoying.
The second thing is a bit more a personal dislike: Jessica Chastain is a good actress but her Rachel is all atremble and weepy. While that is in character it was completely frustrating. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her.
But apart from these two things, The Debt was really, really amazing. The cast was fantastic. I’d expect no less of Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds or Tom Wilkinson. But even Sam Worthington acted. Like absolutely well. I’m as surprised as the next person. [And he’s still hot.]
And I have to admit that Rachel’s and David’s love story absolutely struck a chord with me. So romantic, so sad, so fucked. I still get all teary thinking about it.