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Spy thriller 'The Debt' keeps you guessing

September 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Box office analysts are predicting "The Help" is likely to remain the number one movie in America during the long holiday weekend.

Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the lowest-grossing box office weekends of the year, and that's often because of the quality of films opening at this time. "Shark Night 3D" is a good example of that - it wasn't even screened for critics.

But there's one new movie I did enjoy, the espionage thriller "The Debt."

Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciaran Hinds play the older versions of the same characters that Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington play 30 years earlier.

They're all secret agents out to get a Nazi war criminal. The three claim they captured and killed their target, and are all hailed as heroes. But are they?

The movie tells that story by moving back and forth in time. Director John Madden of "Shakespeare in Love" fame tackled tough material.

Sometimes it took a moment for a scene to sink in after it had just ended, but I liked having to keep up with what was going on.

There are moments more subtle than I would have imagined, and they're powerful. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing, along with the drama, the intrigue and the overall story being told.

It drags a little bit and it feels a little too long, but the acting, the action and the way the movie ends makes it all worth it.

The way the actors in "The Debt" handle playing the same characters at different ages is very impressive. This is a solid, entertaining movie.

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