Weekend reviews: 'The Debt'
September 5th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Weekend reviews in 140 or less: Labor Day edition

Did anyone go see "Shark Night 3-D" this weekend? Because according to our timeline - and according to the box office - everyone's apparently still buying tickets to see "The Help."

The controversial adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel may have had a somewhat bashful opening, but it's been the No. 1 movie in the country for three weekends in a row, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Helen Mirren's "The Debt," meanwhile, came in second place, but with strong reviews. Both @TraceyM1991 and @LovingLeopard had praise for the cast, which also stars Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain. ("Apollo 18" and the aforementioned "Shark Night 3-D" landed in third and fourth place, respectively.)

"The Debt," which draws from the 2007 Israeli film "Ha-Hov," stars Mirren and Tom Wilkinson as retired Mossad secret agents who went on a dangerous and costly mission with another agent to track down a Nazi war criminal. The story jumps between 1997 and 1966, and while critics admire the strength of the cast, the storyline isn't without its flaws, both The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal warn.

Primarily, it sounds like the scenes containing Chastain, Worthington and Marton Csokas as the '60s version of the secret agent trio win out over the more contemporary part of the plot.

And then there's Zoe Saldana's "Colombiana" - a thriller that sounds like it will entertain if you're looking for more action and less acting. While both @MississippiMarc and @AtoDa were taken by Zoe Saldana's moves as a trained assassin, few critics were.

The 33-year-old actress stars in "Colombiana" as Cataleya, a girl who grows up to avenge the murder of her parents. "The child actress who plays Cataleya when her parents are slain by a Bogota crime lord is strikingly robotic, and Saldana is only marginally more animated," says New York Magazine's review.

However, if you're more concerned about seeing Saldana show off her slaying skills, USA Today says you won't be disappointed. "This is a showy flower of an action film," critiques the review. "Saldana doesn't get much of a chance to emote, but her action skills blossom."

What'd you see at the movies this weekend? Leave us a review - in 140 or less, if you can do it - in the comments below!

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  1. MoiveLover

    Seen Columbiana, Acting Sucky, Action was Ok, then Conan, Again, Acting Sucky, Action and Sound Effects C+/B-

    September 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cynthia

    I saw the Debt. In my opinion, the movie was just ok. Too many unanswered questions. The editing was not good. While their was a need to jump 1966 and 1997 the way they did it turned what could have been a good movie into just ok.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Diddy

    I saw Shark Night 3D and it was exactly what I expected a funny horror movie that didn't take itself seriously. Hill Billy's place deadly sharks into a lake to kill people. That's the movie in 3D!

    Columbiana, on the other hand tried to take itself seriously and movie was terrible. A 10 year old jumping from roof to roof, enough said.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Santa Claus

    I took out my cellphone and took pictures of the ending credits just so I have a list of people that I need to add to the No-Present list.

    I would have rather watched a dozen 30 minute Slap Chop infomercials than see Columbina again.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. dave

    "Colombina" was stupid, cliched and unrealistic. They went so far as making one of the bad guys have a shark tank. Guess how he dies. Question: Can 10 year olds do parquor?

    September 6, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. mejazzbo

    I saw "The Debt" on opening day. Great film! Made me feel young at 58 since I am sure the rest of the audience in a packed house were senior to me. I found the casting a bit confusing. I think young Steven looked a lot more like old David and young David looked a lot more like old Steven. Maybe the crowd was mentally ahead of me after all.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    I saw Shark Night 3D...here is my review.. http://www.watch-movies–online.org/12621/shark-night-3d/

    September 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |

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