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"THE DEBT"
(2011) (Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Dramatic Thriller: Israeli Mossad agents try to capture a Nazi war criminal in 1960s Berlin and must then contend, decades later, with the results of their actions.
PLOT:
It's 1997 and former Mossad agents Rachel (HELEN MIRREN) and Stefan (TOM WILKINSON) have been brought together by a new book written by their adult daughter. It details the efforts that they and fellow agent David (CIARAN HINDS) took long ago to capture a Nazi war criminal and return him to Israel to stand trial.

The setting then moves to Berlin in 1966 when Rachel (JESSICA CHASTAIN) arrives to join fellow agents Stefan (MARTON CSOKAS) and David (SAM WORTHINGTON), posing as the latter's wife. They believe they've found Dieter Vogel (JESPER CHRISTENSEN), a.k.a. "The Surgeon of Birkenau" -- so named for the horrible medical experiments he performed on concentration camp prisoners during WWII -- who's now working as a gynecologist.

Their goal is to determine if he's the man they're after and if so, capture and then smuggle him out of the city. After they nab him, however, they must then wait and take turns watching Vogel who ends up playing mind games with all of them, especially Rachel. That leads to a turn of events that they couldn't have expected and with which they must then live for the next 30 years.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're fans of someone in the cast or are interested in the subject matter and storyline, it doesn't seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For some violence and language.


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