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A well constructed and well acted film. Thought provoking and excellent!,
This review is from: The Debt [DVD] (DVD)
For me, this was one of those rare films that holds the viewer throughout because of the quality of its construction, the storyline and the acting.
It concerns a three person team from Mossad sent to East Berlin in the mid-1960's to investigate the indentity of a local doctor. Is he the infamous 'Surgeon of Birkenau' responsible for experimenting upon and causing the death of many thouands of people?
The team's mission, is to identify him and to abduct and take him out of East Berlin to Israel. The film opens thirty years later with the three team members reflecting back upon the events that occurred. The plot cannot be elaborated much without spoilers, but suffice it to say the drama that ensues is gripping and thought provoking, raising issues of personal responsibility, duty to self, family and coutry, and guilt, as well as others.
The acting was top quality, with excellent performances by the different actors playing the three main characters thirty years apart, including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Worthington.
One of the most memorable films I have seen for a good while. Highly recommended.
This film is actually a remake; the original version an Israeli production in Hebrew available with English subtitles.