Bridge Of Spies

Bridge Of Spies

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Directed by : Steven Spielberg

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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative (Scott Shepherd) to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping ...more

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“Spielberg's brilliance + Hank's subtle performance = A gripping drama”

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Bridge Of Spies: Movie Review

| by Merkwürdige Liebe |
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Spielberg's 'Bridge Of Spies', an account of attorney James Donovan's double quest during the cold war, is the most classical film I've seen in a while. Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, tries through the first half to defend the alleged Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, who everyone in America from the common public to the court judge wants executed. When the Russians capture an American spy and an American economics student gets caught on the wrong side of the Berlin wall, Donovan talks several figures of authority into carrying out an exchange, where Abel will be released in return for the American captives. Spielberg isn't interested in the political angle of it all, although there is a lot of politics in the film. His focus lies in the human aspect of it all, with Hanks playing the moral core of the movie, not for the first time in a Spielberg film. The film, shot in smokey greys and moving at a deliberated pace, is held together by the dramatic flourishes Spielberg excels at even whehe gets cheesy; and the proceedings carry an air of wry humour (the Corn brothers are credited for the screenplay.) This is an old-fashioned film in the best sense of the word, uninterested in subversion but sticking to the basics with great conviction. As Mike D'Angelo succinctly summed it up in his AV Club review, this is a film that makes rooting for the good guys fun.

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