Monday, October 19, 2015
Bridge of Spies Review: Historic Thriller Compels with Strong Ideas and Lead
Bridge of Spies captures the story of James Donovan (portrayed by Tom Hanks). Donovan is assigned to defend the accused Soviet spy: Rudolf Abel (portrayed by Mark Rylance). After dealing with the case and the scrutiny that followed, Donovan is then ask by the CIA to help negotiate the return of a US Spy Francis Gary Powers (portrayed by Austin Stowell). To guarantee the exchange, Donovan travels to Berlin to deal with negotiations, but things get even more complicated when Donovan seeks to release another American citizen who was imprisoned by East Germany.
When it comes to being a historical thriller, Bridge of Spies was effective. While the presentation could have been stronger with a more compelling subplot as well as a stronger supporting cast, the movie made up for this with its enticing story elements and the great performance from Tom Hanks. Bridge of Spies is different film from Steven Spielberg ,and it is one that I feel does justice to the events that made up the U-2 incident.