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by Rhys Annetts (subscribe)
A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later - Stanley Kubrick
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"What do you want out of life?"

I want to get Vogel, I want him to be put on trail and I want the world to watch, so everyone knows what he did! I want them all to know the truth
"

From director John Madden (Shakespeare In Love 1998), comes a new suspenseful thriller that explores the morals and ethics of the truth and the consequences that are created when it is not told.

The film details intense mission of Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain/Helen Mirren), Stephan Gold (Marton Csokas/Tom Wilkinson) and David Peretz (Sam Worthington/Ciaran Hinds), as they go above and beyond, far within the walls of East Berlin in order to capture Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen), nicknamed 'the Surgeon of Birkenau' during the 'Cold War'. Scenes between Rachel and Vogel where he is being held captive are nothing short of a series of sick twisted mind games.

Trying to get inside the minds of three main characters, it is a suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the full 113 mins. Jesper Christensen may well be the creepiest villain since 'The Human Centipede Surgeon'.

Thirty years later, could the mission still be in effect? Could there be loose ends which need tying up? Could they have to relive their darkness fears once again? Are they still in danger? As time is running out for our so called heroes?

This movie is set within two time frames, taking place in 1997 whilst flashing back to Berlin in 1965. In the year 1997, Sarah Singer's daughter Sarah Gold (Romi Aboulafia) has written a book about the tremendous courage and bravery of the mission. As looks of regret and worry flows through Rachel's face during the book launch, it would indicate that something has gone wrong within the writing of the book.

As the suspense gradually builds and builds, the director leaves the audience wanting more, even till the credits start to roll. The series of events in which our now retired 'Mossad Secret Agents' are forced to endure mind blowing and breathtaking proceedings, make for a bizarre and abnormal spy film.

This film should not be viewed by anyone who isn't into sex, violence and trickery. As a lover of spy films such as James Bond and The Bourne Series, I was amazed in how much this film shocked me. I was led to believing that everything was as it appeared to be, but it wasn't. Will you withstand the temptation of knowing what really happened? This film deserves a strong rating for its excellence, but also deserves to be marked on its horrific and shocking moments.

This film deserves a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Why? A great suspenseful thriller
When: Now Showing
Where: In cinemas
Cost: Check with local cinema
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