The Debt: directed by John Madden; written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan
(As always minor spoilers are addressed in the aim for thorough discussion, but the film’s significant plot-point is not revealed.)
Had I decided to read any reviews of John Madden’s thriller The Debt I’m sure that more than a few of them would make mentions of the seeming inconsistency in casting the three principal characters across the decade. It’s a problem faced by any film which attempts to travel across time using dual actors, and the film’s vaguely confusing opening doesn’t help the audience to settle initially perplexing when it comes to identifying who is who. And, of course, this is only a precipitant to larger issues the film faces. The crux of the story takes place in East Berlin where three Mossad agents Rachel, Stefan and David, are doing their best to capture Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel – “The Surgeon of Birkenau” – and bring him to trial in Israel. A series of unfortunate events muddles their purpose and from it grows a dreadful act of secrecy which burgeons to international proportions across the years.