The Cold War might not be as bloody as World War 1 or 2. However, it still has a fascinating history, especially for everyone that feels like the world is divided into two sections, the communist and the capitalist. Not that it matters which is bloodier, but it presents us with a history that our world will not forget.
Bridge of Spies happened when the Berlin Wall was erected until its timely demolition at the end of the Cold War.
The story begins when Rudolf Abel, living comfortably in New York City, gets arrested and charged with spying for the Soviet Union. James B. Donovan, a well-principled lawyer who follows his protocols, was assigned to be his legal counsel. The CIA tries to persuade him to violate his confidentiality with his client because they want to know his secrets.
Abel is convicted, but Donovan convinces the judge to spare his life from the death penalty. He explains that Abel has served his country honorably, and they can use him for negotiations with the Soviets. He was sentenced to 30 years. Donovan and his family are harassed because he chose to defend an enemy despite being an American.
After a few years, Gary Powers, a top-secret pilot from the CIA, was captured and sent to prison. Donovan was tasked to go to East Germany to negotiate a possible swap between Powers and Abel. However, things don't go as planned as Donovan gets ambitious and is included in the negotiation of a captured American graduate student, Frederick Pryor.
This Steven Spielberg movie brought in the legendary actor Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and many more.
Bridge of Spies is a good film with a sketchy take on what happened during Donovan's time in Germany. The film had a few heart-racing moments, but it ultimately focuses on the drama and friendship of Donovan and Abel. The climax of this movie is the one that stamps it. The tension between Abel, Pryor, and Powers' releases is a cinematic marvel.
Tom Hanks' acting is spot on, similar to his other roles. He portrayed an excellent character and delivered an Oscar-worthy performance. The other characters are good as well.
Although Bridge of Spies is a theatrical and historical film, I feel like it's not enough to sway my emotions. I love the acting and the plot structure, but it felt incomplete. The climax and the ending are satisfying, but sometimes they lack substance.
A good 3.5 out of 5 stars.