Review: A cold exchange in Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies
Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
Director: Steven Spielberg
Reviewer: Javier Encalada
BRIDGE of Spies is arguably the spy film of the year.
And in a year with over a dozen blockbuster spy films, including an upcoming Bond movie, a reboot of Man from U.N.C.L.E. and a Mission Impossible, that's a big call.
Bridge of Spies is based on the story of James B. Donovan and how he managed to exchange spies between East Germany, the USSR and the USA in the middle of the Cold War.
In the 1960s, lawyer James B. Donovan was recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers, who was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission.
Powers was to be exchanged with a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US.
This film is strong because it has a solid script, a talented director, a great leading man (Hanks) and a star in the making, Mark Rylance, who plays Abel.
Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen. He is the winner of two Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards, as well as a BAFTA.
His portrayal of Abel defines the tone of the film.
And then there is Tom Hanks.
We will admit we are not the biggest fans of Hanks, but we will also admit he has chosen some quirky films that have demanded a great deal of acting from him.
This film is one of Hank's best.