Fast forward to 1997, and Rachel’s daughter has written a book about the operation, and her mother’s part in it. Then, one of the agents who was on the mission commits suicide. Rachel begins to doubt the group’s actions back in the 60s, and the truth about what really happened slowly begins to emerge. The film moves back and forth in time between the 60s and the present, allowing us to see the mission unfold. As Rachel struggles with her feelings about what occurred, a ghost from the past re-emerges, and forces her to make a difficult decision.
This is a tense, emotional thriller, with great performances by a talented cast. Helen Mirren (The Queen) plays the older Rachel, along with Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) as Stefan and Ciaran Hinds (There Will Be Blood) as David, the other two agents from the mission. Jessica Chastain (The Help), Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington (Avatar) play their younger selves. Mirren & Chastain standout in their shared role, as does Jesper Christensen as the manipulative Nazi.
The flashback structure works well within the context of the film. We’re given just enough information (sometimes from different perspectives) as the story moves forward, so we gather our own conclusions about events. Then the true resolution of what happened in the 60s, and its aftermath, come to light. It’s an old school film that recalls some of the thrillers of 70s, including Marathon Man (1976) and The Day of The Jackal (1973).