Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Debt (♦♦♦♦)

Rachel (Jessica Chastain/Helen Mirren), Stefan (Sam Worthington/Tom Wilkinson) and David are three Mossad agents, who in 1965 were given the mission to kidnap in East Berlin a former Nazi doctor—Dr. D. Vogel, a.k.a. the Surgeon of Birkenau—responsible for thousands of deaths during the war, and transport him safely to Israel to stand trial.

The kidnapping goes as planned, but not so the escape from East Berlin, so Rachel, Stefan and David must take turns to feed and care for Dr. Vogel until their extraction takes place. There are two sure things: it will be hard for the three operatives to interact with their enemy, and they will never be able to forget what’ll happen next.

This movie is among the best I have watched this year! It starts a little bit scattered, going back and forth between the past and present day, but one the story focuses, it’s a pure adrenaline rush. It is wonderfully acted by young and old actors alike, thus there’s a sense of continuity in the time elapsed in the film, instead of a break. The characters are so flawed, so human, and their mission has gone so wrong, that one has no other choice but empathize with them.

I’m starting to enjoy Jessica Chastain’s performances; this year she has gotten great opportunities to shine next to acting heavyweights, this film included. In my opinion, Helen Mirren’s performance is her best since The Queen. I always enjoy Tom Wilkinson’s grave, forceful acting, and in this movie he does not disappoint.

Great movie, powerful ending! Worth every cent!