Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bridge of Spies

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Eve Hewson, Amy Ryan, Austin Stowell, Mark Rylance

In this Steven Spielberg's espionage thriller James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an insurance lawyer recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to negotiate a swap of Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) for US pilot (Francis Gary Powers) captured and jailed after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over USSR. The movie is based on real events, and consists of three story strands which are intricately intertwined to make an eminently watchable and highly engrossing film. Hanks’ character is a moral fellow who stoically defends the accused Russian agent Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Rylance is excellent in the role and would not be too surprised if he receives a nomination for Best Support. The characters develop a strong bond which holds them and the audience to the finale of the film.