Bridge of Spies
Would it make a difference?
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 25 October 2015, 10:00am
Running time: 141m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 22/10/15
Cost: $5 (1 complimentary and 1 Optus Rewards)
Rating: 6.5/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3.5/5)
James B Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an insurance lawyer in Brooklyn in 1951. When Russian spy Rudolf 'Rudy' Abel (Mark Rylance) is captured and charged, James is appointed to defend him at his trial. Despite the difficulties in defending a Russian spy during the height of the Cold War, he shows care, compassion and professionalism in his treatment of Rudy. Meanwhile, when a US spy plane is shot down over Russia and the pilot (Austin Stowell) is captured, a plan to exchange the prisoners is hatched. However the layers of bureaucracy, politics and a fear of the 'other' plays out in interesting ways.
Inspired by true events, Bridge of Spies is the latest directorial offering from Steven Spielberg. Tom Hanks is competent enough in the lead, but it's a character that does little to extend the abilities of an actor who is capable of so much more. Mark Rylance steals the show in a performance that provides warmth despite a character that is detached and remote. The story is good and the parallels between the two sides of the Cold War is interesting. The scenes during the building of the Berlin Wall are particular harrowing. Unfortunately it's a bit too long and slow, but there are moments of awkward silence that add to the intensity of the complex plot. (ME)
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