Entries in The Debt (5)


'The Help' Tops Box Office for Third Straight Weekend

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Help cruised to another box office victory over the Labor Day weekend.  The drama earned an estimated $19 million from Friday through Monday to claim the top spot for the third weekend in a row.

The Debt was the runner-up, raising $12.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend.  The Helen Mirren thriller opened last Wednesday.  Apollo 18 premiered in third place, with $10.7 million, and Shark Night 3D debuted in the fourth spot, with $10.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Help, $19 million.
2. The Debt, $12.6 million.
3. Apollo 18, $10.7 million.
4. Shark Night 3D, $10.3 million.
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $10.25 million.
6. Colombiana, $9.4 million.
7. Our Idiot Brother, $7 million.
8. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, $6.6 million.
9. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, $6.1 million.
10. The Smurfs, $5.6 million.

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'Apollo 18,' 'Shark Night 3D' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Helen Mirren thriller The Debt debuted on Wednesday, earning an estimated $959,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Two other new releases join The Debt at the box office on Friday. 

Here’s a closer look:

-- Apollo 18: The thriller “documents” two American astronauts’ secret and disturbing trip to the moon in 1974, two years after NASA’s last official mission there.  After the astronauts arrive on the moon, they discover unfriendly aliens.  Rated PG-13.

-- Shark Night 3D: A group of college students go on vacation to a cabin on a lake island, not realizing that the waters are infested with very hungry sharks.  Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Katharine McPhee star.  Rated PG-13.

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Movie Review: 'The Debt'

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In 1966, Rachel Singer, Stephen Gold and David Peretz returned to Israel from East Germany as heroes. This is what we learn at the beginning of The Debt. The three members of Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, had been sent to East Germany to kidnap a Nazi war criminal -- a doctor responsible for disfiguring and killing thousands of Jews -- and bring him back to Israel to stand trial. While each in some way has reaped rewards from their heroic efforts, they also are each hiding a secret.
Most of The Debt takes place in 1966, though there are scenes set in present day.  The older Rachel, Stephen and David are played by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds, while the younger versions are played by Jessica Chastain (who’s also in The Help), Sam Worthington and Marton Csokas.
Even though we know Rachel, Stephen and David survive, you'll have a hard time peeling your eyes from the screen during the scenes set in 1960s communist East Germany.  Also worth noting is Jesper Christensen, who's perfectly cast as a practicing gynecologist who's actually Dieter Vogel, the notorious Nazi war criminal the trio of agents are sent to apprehend.
Though it does lose some steam with a forced ending, The Debt is an effective thriller that immerses the audience in tension and suspense.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Helen Mirren Talks About Her Latest Film, 'The Debt'

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren’s latest role as a retired Israeli Mossad agent in the film The Debt required some serious research on her part about the Holocaust. She went so far as to visit Germany’s Buchenwald concentration camp to prepare for the part.

“I did a lot of reading about the Holocaust to remind myself of how dark that time was and how important it is to the Israeli people...especially the young Israeli people of the 1960s. It was still very fresh in their memories, so it’s an incredibly intense, emotional thing to have to live with. And I had to remind myself of that,” Mirren told ABC News at a special screening of the film in New York City.

Mirren plays retired agent Rachel in this remake of the original Israeli thriller Ha Hov, which was released in 2007. The story (with flashbacks between 1997 and 1965/1966) centers around three Israeli Mossad secret agents: Rachel (played by Jessica Chastain/Helen Mirren), Stephan (played by Marton Csokas/Tom Wilkinson), and David (played by Sam Worthington/Ciaran Hinds). In the 60s, they embarked on a secret mission to track down and kidnap a Nazi war criminal, Dieter Vogel. Vogel is the feared surgeon of Birkenau (played by Jesper Christensen). At great risk, the team’s mission was accomplished...or was it?

Thirty years later, Rachel (Mirren) is back in the spotlight. Her daughter publishes a book about Rachel’s heroism. At the book party, as Rachel reads an excerpt from the book, the viewer is transported back to the '60s and learns of the critical mission the agents took on.

“It’s very rare that you get a really good, believable story in film nowadays, and I thought this was one of them," Mirren said.

The director of the film, one-time Academy Award nominee John Madden, told viewers why they should go to the theaters and see the film. “They don’t come along like this. This is a really fantastic thriller...a really provocative, dramatic story," he said.

The Debt is now in theaters nationwide.

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Helen Mirren's 'The Debt' Opens Nationwide Wednesday

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Helen Mirren stars in a new thriller opening in theaters on Wednesday.

The Debt stars Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds as three former agents of Israel's Mossad who carried out a mission in the 1960s to find a Nazi war criminal in hiding. The film begins in 1997, but the story frequently flashes back to the ‘60s and back again as it reveals the fallout from the mission.

Avatar actor Sam Worthington also stars in The Debt, which is rated R.

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