This is one of those thrillers that relies on the unreliability of cell phones for suspense. It also layers on a testy relationship between a pair of divorced cops (Worthington and the ever-present Jessica Chastain) who are forced to work together.
While there are many reasons to praise the $14 million six-day opening of The Debt, the most surprising thing about it is that Focus Features debuted the film wide enough to achieve that kind of opening in the first place.
Set in two different eras, with two different trios playing the same characters, The Debt is gripping and gritty, a thriller that breeds genuine excitement in both of the time periods in which it is set.
For me, actors can get on a roll and make good, popular films. But the true sign of a movie star is when they can pull audiences into movies that aren't very good. Steve Carell has been doing that in spades.
The big budget remake of "Clash of the Titans" opens this weekend with a polished trailer promising many thrilling, CG-created actions scenes, and 3-D effects. Sadly, none of this superficial eye candy makes the movie entertaining.