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Old 09-02-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Helen Mirren is my absolute favorite actress, so I was stoked to hear about her starring in an upcoming movie called "The Debt."

Channel-surfing last night, I came across the Sundance Channel just as a movie called "The Debt" was starting. Confused, I figured it was a promo or a trailer but no, it was the complete movie.

"But where's Helen Mirren?" my DH asked about an hour into the film, as confused as I was. Neither of us recognized any of the actors and it was subtitled in Yiddish.

Turns out the Helen Mirren film is a remake of the original idea, an obscure Israeli movie called "Ha Hov." We were both mesmerized by this first film of Mossad agents tracking a vicious Nazi war criminal and highly recommend seeing it if you can find it.

Has anyone seen it?

Yes, now we know the surprising twist in the plot but we can't wait to see Dame Mirren strut her stuff and reprise the role in the remake.

The original: The Debt (2007 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The remake: The Debt (2011 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I was confused too as I read the capsule for this one and thought I had seen a trailer for something very similar a few years ago.

I saw it this afternoon, and I thought it was quite good. I like Helen Mirren as well, but Jessica Chastain steals the show in my opinion. I wasn't too impressed with her in Tree of Life, but after this I'd like to see her in more movies.

Overall I thought the movie was strong but the story was weak (would probably be especially so if you already know the twists). It did, however, make me want to read the old Le Carre spy classics.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I was confused too as I read the capsule for this one and thought I had seen a trailer for something very similar a few years ago.

I saw it this afternoon, and I thought it was quite good. I like Helen Mirren as well, but Jessica Chastain steals the show in my opinion. I wasn't too impressed with her in Tree of Life, but after this I'd like to see her in more movies.

Overall I thought the movie was strong but the story was weak (would probably be especially so if you already know the twists). It did, however, make me want to read the old Le Carre spy classics.

I will most likely see The Debt later this week. Helen Mirren is the big draw for me, as she has always been one of my favorite actors. I'm sure I will enjoy this film from the reviews I have read.

I did not care for Tree Of Life at all. I really had to hold myself back from walking out of the theater. Always hoping it would get better, make more sense and become enjoyable to watch. For me that never happened.
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