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Movie Blabber

Yesterday I was going to post my own memory of 9/11/01. But it so paled in comparison to those who actually experienced it, I decided to watch the memorial instead.

Then, to cheer up a bit, I went to the movies (AGAIN) and saw THE DEBT.


I mean, it's Helen Mirren, right?

Please. I gave it a B-minus because it kept my interest, i.e. I didn't snore through half the film. But about 2/3 of the way through I thought, Isn't this about over yet? That's never a good sign. Not with a movie. Not with a book.

I will try to avoid spoliers, but what is a spoiler to you might not be a spoiler to me, lol.

My # 1 problem was that there was no character development. The movie was driven by the plot and nothing else. Who were these three people who wanted to capture the Nazi doctor? We knew they were Jewish, that they lost family in the Holocaust.

But WHO. WERE. THEY? I had no fricking idea, which made it really, really hard to care what happened to them.

# 2: Who was this Nazi doctor? OK, anyone can guess that he was based on Josef Mengele. Near the beginning, one character skimmed through a few photos of children's corpses, presumably victims of the doctor's vicious experiments. We get no further look into what this doctor actually did, or who HE was. I'm not saying we needed another half-hour of flashbacks detailing this man's crimes. But, for me, a couple of photos didn't do it. He was OBVIOUSLY evil, and that certainly came through, so maybe the writers didn't feel it necessary to add anything else. It's just that I felt no connection to these photos; they seemed almost incidental. Frankly, given the lack of anything else to make me hate this doctor--aside from my knowledge of history and the doctor's repellent personality--the pics themselves could've been left out.

# 3: I am SO SURE anyone would believe a demented old man in a mental hospital when he says he is the Butcher of Buchenwald--let alone a journalist who, like everyone else IN THE WHOLE FREAKING WORLD, believes the doctor was killed back in 1965.

# 4: The older versions of the male characters looked nothing like the younger versions. Worse, the two guys kind of looked alike to me. Fire the casting director.

# 5: The chick (in the apartment) had a GUN. Why didn't she keep it handy? Stupid, and not very believable considering who she was, what she was trying to accomplish, and who her prisoner was. She's no Clarice Starling, that's for sure.

# 5: I found last 15 minutes of the film to be totally unbelievable.

Still, I watched it, was mostly not bored, and if you like thriller/espionage/post-Holocaust films with Helen Mirren and a couple of plot holes, go see it. :)


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Interesting points about the Debt. I just saw it over the weekend too. I had no problem not knowing more about the characters, but maybe I am just shallow and plot-oriented :-D I was already freaked out enough just knowing the doctor was a Nazi who experimented. Save me the horrific details, please, I can imagine horrors enough!! I didn't have problems keeping Male Lead #1 straight from Male Lead #2, for the most part; but I know those two actors so well (the Older Versions of them) that maybe that helped me out. And I think they cast Young Stefan really well, or else they dubbed Older Stefan's voice for him several times, because he really sounded like Tom Wilkinson for me. I do agree with #3, and forgot all about her gun. I was waiting, in the final fifteen minutes, for the obvious parallel action on her part (what she had said she did the first time, but didn't actually do)--so when she didn't, I didn't know whether to compliment the filmmakers on not going for the obvious, or be mad at them for forgetting that. I can see how they were going for more suspense there instead. My main problem with the film? Why was it called The Debt? I don't get it.
Sep. 14th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Also, as for the Helen Mirren character to want to tell her daughter the truth, A. why, when David was already DEAD and wouldn't know the difference, and B. If I were her daughter I would never speak to her again.
Sep. 14th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Tell her daughter and the WORLD, I should have said.
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
ouch! But yeah, I would be pretty mad at her too for covering that up for so long.
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