Original: The Debt (2007)
Director: John Madden
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Marton Csokas, Jesper Christensen

Every year, several noteworthy films fall by the wayside, whether it’s due to a lack of marketing steam, poor box office, and the overshadowing of more critically pushed properties.

In 2011, one such slept-on movie was John Madden’s The Debt, featuring the year’s biggest female breakout, Jessica Chastain, arguably giving her strongest performance of ’11, in a physically demanding role.

Equal parts suspenseful thriller and in-depth character examination, The Debt spans 30 years as the ramifications of three Mossad secret agents’ past mistakes spawn double-crosses, suicide, and a geriatric fight scene climax in which Helen Mirren knuckles up. That alone should rouse your attention.

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