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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:   113 minutes, three featurettes, audio commentary
VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital
(with sections in German and Russian with English subs)
Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish

STUDIO:  Focus Features/ Miramax/ Marv
RELEASE DATE:  12-6-2011

THE DEBT is a spy thriller that flashes back and forth between East Berlin in 1965 (where three Mossad agents are on a mission to kidnap a Nazi war criminal) and Israel in 1997.   The mission starts with the female agent visiting the criminal who is working as a fertility doctor.   The mission doesn't go as planned and the three agents have to live with the consequences and a secret of what really happened.   one said she shot the criminal as he was escaping and her daughter has written a book about it.

THE DEBT is a taut spy thriller that shows the agents at two different phases of life.   30 years makes a difference as the mission has changed each of them for the worst.  THE DEBT is a well directed film with a good script (with it being written by X-MEN FIRST CLASS director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman).   It reminds me of some of the spy thrillers you would see in the 1960s.   THE DEBT really shines when the movie flashbacks to 1965 East Berlin as the captors of the Nazi war criminal are left with few options and things start to go wrong.  

Three brief featurettes (about less than ten minutes total) feature interviews with cast and the director with most of the interviews focusing on Helen Mirren, the actress who plays her counterpart 30 years ago, and director John Madden.   The featurettes are way too brief- just promo fluff.

The audio commentary with director John Madden and producer Kris Thykier.   The commentary is hit and miss while it does provide some insight in the making of the film where they had to go to Budapest to find locations that looked like 1965 Berlin.

FINAL ANALYSIS:   THE DEBT is a good thriller, but the extras leaves you wanting better extras.

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