Movie Title: Bridge of Spies
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. and 22 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Bridge of Spies is a Cold War era legal drama starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance in its most interesting roles. Mark Rylance plays Russian spy Rudolf Abel. Abel is arrested and convicted of treasonous acts against the United States. Tom Hanks plays Abel’s lawyer James Donovan. Despite anti-communist furor, Donovan is moved by Abel’s plight and gives him the best defense possible despite the cases foregone conclusion and the jeopardy it places his family in. Abel is easily convicted despite a competent defense.
Simultaneously, pilots are shown being trained for the U2 spy program. Among them is Gary Powers. Powers is shot down over Soviet air space. Suddenly there is a demand for Abel and Donovan is sent to East Berlin to try and work out a trade exchanging Abel for Powers. The water becomes murky as Donovan exceeds his government appointed mandate and tries to negotiate for an additional prisoner release. It is a well made and well acted movie, but has two significant flaws. The big problem with the second half is that it lacks genuine tension and there is never a feeling that Donovan is in danger. Everything feels predetermined.
It is well done, but you’ll know how it is going to end very quickly. The ride is still pretty good though. See it.
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