An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA to assist in a
prisoner transfer in East Berlin during the Cold War.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan,
Peter McRobbie, Austin Stowell, Will Rogers,
Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen, Sebastian Koch
Oscar Wins - Best Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay,
Best Production Design, Best Original Score (Thomas Newman), Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies is the fourth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, proving that they are still at the top of their game. This film is a thrilling historical drama about the consequences of espionage and the courage to stand up for one's beliefs. Led by yet another strong performance by Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies shows how both sides treated captured spies, and how neither one was in the right.
Tom Hanks is one of the few consistently good actors still working in Hollywood and his role as real-life insurance lawyer James Donovan is another win for him. He captures Donovan's fierce determination and immeasurable self-confidence perfectly, even in the face of tremendous adversity. Donovan's decision to represent convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in court turned him into a national pariah and nearly destroyed his career. Yet, he continued to stand by Abel's right to a fair trial and redeemed his reputation by helping rescue pilot Francis Gary Powers and student Frederic Pryor from the clutches of the Soviet Union.
Thanks to the flawless direction by Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies is a surefire hit and another great biopic from two extremely talented men. It shows the lengths that one man was willing to go to save an innocent man and his unwillingness to condemn a guilty one. I enjoyed this film and hope it's message will inspire more to stand up for their own beliefs, no matter what's at stake.