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The Debt [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005WKH33A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,585 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Debt fuses physical and moral peril as it fuses past and present. In the contemporary half of the story, ex-Mossad agent Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) tells and retells the story of how she and her fellow agents David Peretz (Ciarán Hinds, Rome) and Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom) captured and killed a Nazi war criminal. But in flashbacks to Cold War East Berlin, younger versions of Rachel, David, and Stephan (Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Marton Csokas, respectively) play out a significantly different series of events--and the gap between past and present takes its toll on all three in different (and in one case gut-wrenching) ways. Though Mirren, Hinds, and Wilkinson are a powerhouse trio, it's the Cold War scenes that take hold of the viewer. Jesper Christensen (as the Nazi) invests his conversations with Chastain and Worthington with silky insinuation and taunting contempt, building a devastating suspense. Fans accustomed to Worthington in his action-movie roles (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) will be surprised by the gentle vulnerability he shows here, but it's Chastain (The Tree of Life) who captures the movie's emotional core. She and Mirren perform a strange collaboration that can only happen in the movies, building a fierce and brittle woman out of their complementary performances. --Bret Fetzer

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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2012
Format: DVD
I go to movies all the time while in release, one to two a week. Seeing Jessica Chastain in both The Help, and Tree of Life, made me decide to see The Debt.

Director John Madden directed Shakespeare in Love which won 7 Academy Awards including, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. He also directed Prime Suspect 3 starring both Helen Mirren and Ciaran Hinds, who both star in The Debt; and a favorite of mine, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, starring Nicholas Cage, Penelope Cruz, And Christian Bale.

I did something I rarely do, I went back for a second look. I have also seen the original movie The Debt, an Israeli thriller.

The Debt parallels real events and characters. Mossad agents abducted Eichmann in Argentina in 1961, tried him in Israel, and executed him. The notorious Dr Mengele, the butcher of Auschwitz fled to South America, and narrowly escaped capture by Mossad in Argentina fleeing to Paraguay, and then Brazil. Birkenau is known also as Auschwitz Birkenau. Twenty four surgeons experimented on human captives, often performing unnecessary surgical operations without anaesthetic.

In 1965, a rookie Mossad agent played by Jessica Chastain, crosses Checkpoint Charlie and joins two male agents in East Berlin, to identify and kidnap the notorious surgeon of Birkenau, now a gynaecologist. She must pose as a patient, and subject herself to the cold probings of her intimate place by the butcher, and take close up photos without arousing suspicion.

Photographs of his terrible deeds haunt her and fill her with apprehension and fear. Photographs of smiling babies adorn his waiting room wall. A man once charged with taking life, now bringing life into the world.
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 13 2011
I go to movies all the time while in release, one to two a week. Seeing Jessica Chastain in both The Help, and Tree of Life, made me decide to see The Debt, my favorite moviegoing experience of the year.

Director John Madden directed Shakespeare in Love which won 7 Academy Awards including, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. He also directed Prime Suspect 3 starring both Helen Mirren and Ciaran Hinds, who both star in The Debt; and a favorite of mine, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, starring Nicholas Cage, Penelope Cruz, And Christian Bale.

I did something I rarely do, I went back for a second look. I have also seen the original movie The Debt [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ] available on cable on demand.

The Debt parallels real events and characters. Mossad agents abducted Eichmann in Argentina in 1961, tried him in Israel, and executed him. The notorious Dr Mengele, the butcher of Auschwitz fled to South America, and narrowly escaped capture by Mossad in Argentina fleeing to Paraguay, and then Brazil. Birkenau is known also as Auschwitz Birkenau. Twenty four surgeons experimented on human captives, often performing unnecessary surgical operations without anaesthetic.

In 1965, a rookie Mossad agent played by Jessica Chastain, crosses Checkpoint Charlie and joins two male agents in East Berlin, to identify and kidnap the notorious surgeon of Birkenau, now a gynaecologist. She must pose as a patient, and subject herself to the cold probings of her intimate place by the butcher, and take close up photos without arousing suspicion.

Photographs of his terrible deeds haunt her and fill her with apprehension and fear. In his office photos of smiling babies decorate his waiting room wall.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a difficult movie to classify as it doesn't really fit into the normal tidy genre pigeon holes; it's not action though there's a fair amount of violence and plenty of tension, it's not really a thriller but there a smattering of intrigue and it's not a romance despite a certain amount of personal entanglement. It, however, definitely is not a comedy. The story focuses on the current life of three principle characters and their actions thirty years previously as Mossad Nazi hunters. The action cuts back and forth slickly between these two time periods as the capture of an infamous concentration camp `doctor' is planned and executed. The pace and tension are carefully managed to draw you into the lives of the protagonists as the lie that has been gnawing at their consciences but that has shaped their lives is gradually revealed. The cast are superb, and the assured direction & cinematography make for an absorbing and gripping experience. The ending is slightly predictable but is left nicely open ended - not very tidy but thought provoking nonetheless.
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Format: Blu-ray
If you are expecting a spy movie or even a shoot-em-up. You will be disappointed. It is a low-key physiological thriller about lying and its consequences.

The story for the most part is mediocre and contrived. There are the standard plots and twists and turns almost on queue. You usually have to see something the second time to see however they set you up for what is coming. Not this film as they are right up front. Great visuals. Not too much overwhelming background music. The Music do a little too much thumping during the "prepare you for the surprise scenes". The acting was up to par with all the actors even if Helen took center stage.
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