The Debt

(R) ★★☆☆☆

A chaotic remake of the 2007 Israeli drama Ha-Hov, The Debt contains enough narrative-stuffing for three pictures. The film toggles between two time sequences. In 1997, three veterans of Israel’s secret service revisit the truth behind their roughest assignment when the daughter of the agent played by Helen Mirren publishes a book about her mother and what happened in East Berlin. When Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds and breakout actress Jessica Chastain can’t save this political thriller, you know it’s off.

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This action film follows the sexy, vengeful contract killer Cataleya (Zoe Saldana), named after a Colombian orchid, signing her victims with lipstick. After a well-handled prologue gives us Cataleya as a child (Amandla Stenberg) witnessing the assassination of her next of kin by crime boss Don Luis (Beto Benites), we catch up with the beautiful adult Cataleya, now a hit-woman working for her uncle. The action sequences are effective, and Saldana is able to not only exude ruthlessness and sexiness, but also sympathy.

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