Every action has a reaction. It may not be immediate and it may not be apparent, but it will happen and the consequences of the action can be far reaching. This forms the basic premise for the 2011 film The Debt.
Three young Mossad agents Rachel, Stephen and David (Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington) are sent to Soviet East Berlin in 1965 to track down and return to Israel with a Nazi war criminal, Doctor Bernhardt. Despite careful planning and execution the operation hits a snag. They must hold onto the Nazi until another opportunity to escape East Berlin. After some time the old Nazi tries to escape and is apparently killed by Rachel. Continue reading “The Debt” »
Every so often a movie comes along that brings together the cream of the crop of a particular group. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s cast list reads like a who’s who of great British actors, starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup with an injection of youth from Dev Patel and Tena Desae.
The movie begins by jumping between each of our senior protagonist’s situations as they enter their twilight years and look toward retirement. In the end all of them decide to move to a retirement resort in India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel of the title. Their new home isn’t quite what any of them expected being rather run down and managed by the young, inexperienced, yet cheerfully optimistic Sonny. There are tales for each character but the magic and charm of the film is in their reactions to this new and overwhelming culture shock and they way the learn to adapt. Continue reading “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)” »