The plot too is overly complicated and in trying to cover every possible aspect of the story, Madden sadly does none of them that well. The film starts and ends with a pair of taught set-pieces, but these stylish book ends prop up over an hour of pretty average filler sadly. The one saving grace, in my opinion, was Jessica Chastain... a solid performance, bettering the lady playing her elder self, Helen Mirren.
Between this and Munich, it feels like Hollywood sees a lot of storytelling opportunities about the Mossad whilst not yet feeling comfortable signing off on their actions, which is a good thing except in this case the characters' motivations mixed with the attempt at brutal realism behind their mistakes makes for a messy and mostly unsatisfying result: what has been gained? --PolarisDiB
Madden (Shakespeare/Love) takes painterly pace for this espionage thriller told in then/now revelatory slices, moves mountains in quiet, calculated story rooted in actual events. Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson & Ciarán Hinds are perfectly matched, charismatic agents opposite younger portraits of them played by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, & Sam Worthington. Smart and effective, solid storytelling keeps you there.