The Debt was easily becoming my favorite film of 2011, and just an all around great movie...then the last 3 minutes of movie aired and this movie went from great to lazy. Let this film serve as an example for how to ruin a great movie with a terrible ending.
Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe you should just see it for yourself. I'll just leave you with a brief synopsis and some scattered thoughts on the performances. This ending really through me for a loop; I was all prepared to start promoting this movie as my favorite of the year. Oh, well.
The Debt tells 2 connected stories disconnected by 30 years. In 1966, Rachel (played by Jessica Chastain in one of my favorite performances of the year) is part of a 3-person Israeli spy team set to kidnap the "The Surgeon of Birkenau." This "surgeon" killed many during the holocaust. The other two members of the team are played by Marton Csokas (in a possible award worthy supporting performance) and Sam Worthington (if this was his first mainstream performance, people would think he is a talented actor, instead of people un-justly thinking he is just a meat-head actor of Avatar, Terminator: Salvation, and Clash of the Titans). The other story (with far less screen time) are those three characters dealing with what happened then in 1997. The older versions of the characters are played by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciaran Hinds. They are all obviously quite good, but they did not stand out as much of the 1967 versions.