Friday, September 2, 2011

The Debt


I have never met anyone who knows the redemption in the film "Redemption" I have seen people who claim to know the redemption be reduced to having to admit there was none.

"The Debt" delivers the redemption. Helen Mirren proves again extreme grace equates to sexy. Her performance was extraordinary.

It is 1965 (?) and three Mossad officers are in East Berlin looking for a former Nazi doctor. They capture him but the return to Israel fails. The original scene of his escape has a young Helen Mirren killing him.

The movie fast forwards to the present with some back and forth to 1965. The film is about honor and redemption.

The acting is exceptional - with Mirren delivering an Oscar performance - especially at the end.

If you like historical fiction this is a must see film.


Anonymous said...

I love Helen Mirren. Did you ever see John Boorman's , "Excalibur"? She is stunning and still is. Thanks for the review 'cause the online reviews weren't that great.

BobbyWC said...

There is a very unconfortable scene with the Nazi doctor explaining why he believes it was so easy for the Germans to kill 6 million Jews - It is a question which will always get the speaker being accused of being anti-Jewish. It is a disturbing scene because it makes the viewer think.

I think many reviewers were so upset with this scene they then decided the film is not worth seeing.

I have no idea why it was so easy for 6 million Jews to be exterminated - It is not a new question - but I would think open minded people would want to examine the issue - it could be as simple as shock and fear made it impossible for anyone to react and fight back - I do not know - but the question is valid - but it's also one of those questions which will always get the accuser being accused of being a bigot - In the end I think this scene caused a lot of reviewers to sort of trash the film or give it a soft good review.

Sadly the scene makes you want to hate the Nazi doctor even more - it spoke to his cruelty towards humanity

Bobby WC