Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Debt: This is a well-crafted suspense thriller with complicated characters, a few nice twists and an emotionally compelling storyline. The final act pulled me out because it seemed so unbelievable and pat; however, I'm not sure how the film could have ended differently and still satisfied the necessity for a rousing conclusion. The acting was exceptional. The pacing and structuring of the two time periods (1966 and 1997) worked well. The Debt does a very good job of engaging its audience with curious pieces of information that reveal larger truths about these characters throughout the story. This is how good storytelling works on film. Alice and I watched The Debt Sunday night in Daly City. She found the film too intense and didn't like it as much as I did. The botched transport scene along the Berlin Wall was terrific!

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