“The Debt” is a compelling espionage thriller with a casting decision that prevents this otherwise outstanding production from being one of the best dramas of the year. Skipping back and forth between events in 1966 and 1997, the story centers on three Israeli agents on a secret mission in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. Based on the 2007 Israeli film “Ha-Hov,” director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) casts two sets of talented actors to play the Mossad agents. (…)
Of the seven notable players, Chastain — the sweet-tempered social outcast Celia in “The Help” – is the standout performer in another emotionally complex role.
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