Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2011


"The Debt" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



In 1966, three Mossad agents were assigned to track down a feared Nazi war criminal hiding in East Berlin, a mission accomplished at great risk and personal cost - or was it? Thirty years later, the suspense builds as shocking news and surprising revelations compel retired team member Rachel Singer (Mirren) to take matters into her own hands.


  • Miramax
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC 1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directed by John Madden
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes


The Debt follows three young Massad agents who went on a mission during the cold war to capture the "Surgeon of Birkneau" and bring him to Israel to stand trial for the crimes he committed against humanity during WWII. The trio had a plan set in place, and according to a new present day book written about the ordeal, the mission was completed. However, something about the mission has come back to haunt them... 30 years later. A mix of action and suspense, this movie provides a powerful commentary on guilt and redemption. Who needs 3D when you have great actors and a wonderfully crafted script that pays off with a surprise ending?


Both picture and sound are as good as you'd expect from the BD format. Plenty of depth and details show even in some of the dimly lit night scenes. Most of the movie takes place indoors which gives the building of suspense a true feeling of claustrophobia. The rainy nights surround you and add to the tense atmosphere of the film. Dialog is always articulate.


A Look Inside The Debt, Every Secret Has a Price: Helen Mirren in The Debt, The Berlin Affair: The Triangle at the Center of The Debt, & Commentary with Director John Madden and Producer Kris Thykier.