The Debt is a spy revenge thriller with a twist of conscience and with all the action and deceit. It is about three Israeli Mossad agents who feel guilty for what they have not accomplished and have hidden the truth.
Half of the movie is set in 1965 Berlin and the other half in Israel and Ukraine in the mid 1970’s. In 1965 Berlin, this was the time of the cold war and the Berlin wall and the movie is set right on the wall. Rachel (Jessica Chastain as the young Rachel) in her first assignment as a Mossad agent was sent to joined 2 of her colleagues who are already in East Berlin. Their assignment is to kidnap Dr. Dieter Vogel who at that time works as a fertility specialist but has been identified as the “Surgeon of Birkenau”. Rachel is to work undercover as a fertility patient of Dr. Vogel.
They were able to kidnap Dr. Vogel and brought him to their apartment. They are intent of keeping the doctor alive and bring him to Israel to face trial. As a prisoner, the Dr. Vogel taunted the 3 agents with whatever he learns about them. The 3 agents took turns to guard the prisoner doctor until they can spirit him out of East Berlin. During Rachel’s turn, the prisoner doctor was able to escape and settles in Ukraine. The 3 agents agreed to conceal what actually happened and tell that the prisoner was killed while attempting to escape. And that’s what they did.
Helen Mirren played as the older Rachel, who is in her retirement as a Mossad agent. She has a writer daughter who has written a book about the 3 agents and their heroic work to kidnap Dr. Vogel. Rachel is uneasy about the attention she and the book is getting.One of the agents, David Peretz is taking it much more harder and committed suicide by stepping in front of a bus. The third, Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson) is Rachel’s ex-husband. Rachel went to Ukraine to kill Dr. Vogel.
The movie is directed by John Madden, written by Matthew Vaughn, Peter Straughan and Jane Goldman. It is released by Focus Features.