In 1966, three Israeli Mossad agents undertook a mission to hunt down the Nazi war criminal, Dieter Vogel, the much-feared “Surgeon of Birkenau.” But 30 years later, following a lifetime of public praise, the unexpected suicide of David (Ciaran Hinds) leaves the other two members of the original team scrambling to maintain a secret that has haunted them for most of their adult lives.
Written by the rising, young British writer/director, Matthew Vaughn, and featuring great performances by Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, and Jesper Christensen, The Debt is a spy film for people who favor pictures such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich over the latest Mission Impossible installment. It is a quiet, slow burning tale punctuated by infrequent and yet harrowing bursts of the most intimate and personal violence. As opposed to many films which seek to provide tidy answers, it asks probing questions about the nature of vengeance, what it means to be Jewish in a post-Holocaust world, and what it costs to fight for the state of Israel.
Truly “great” spy movies are somewhat difficult to find; and yet The Debt is that rarity. As an unabashed fan of such films, I highly recommend this for you viewing pleasure.
This film is rated R by the MPAA for violence and language.