Hollywood has had umpteen movies based on the Cold War subject. The Tom Hanks starrer, Bridge Of Spies is another welcome to the family. With Steven Spielberg as director and Tom Hanks in the main role, a movie does not need much marketing to turn out to be a success.
Based on a true set of events, the story mainly revolves around the life of a Soviet spy trapped in the US, Rudolf Abel played by Mark Rylance and an American insurance lawyer, James Donavan played by Tom Hanks. The film begins with the arrest of Rudolf Abel whose case is later handed over to James Donovan, an American insurance lawyer.
In his attempts to put up a decent fight for his client James encounters that the US government is not much interested in allowing the Soviet informer to have a fair trial. As the story progresses, the director impresses on the hardships Mr. Donovan faces in getting Rudolf Abel a decent sentence with some dignity.
One major flaw in the movie, is the slow speed with which the first half propagates. Despite of some important events being highlighted in the first half, neither the genius of Mr. Spielberg nor the acting skills of Tom Hanks are able to save the movie from being a rolling stone that gathers no mass. However, the second half in contrary to the first, gathers pace and interest simultaneously.
As far as music is concerned, the Production has nothing much to offer. If we talk about the supporting actors, who manage to make an impression on the viewer’s mind, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Peter McRobbie manage to carve out a decent performance. Austin Stowell, playing the role of an American pilot stuck in the Soviet is another major component of the movie, but seems to be a clear misfit for his role. The lead actors, Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance seem to be perfect casts for their respective characters.
Despite some flaws in the screenplay and editing, Bridge of Spies clearly demonstrates the circumstances generated post the Second World War and the during the division of Germany. Even though the entire atmosphere is set in an environment of tension and misery, the director manages to add a momentary element of comedy every now and then, with most of it coming from the two lead actors.
Even after all its flaws, Bridge of Spies manages to do a decent job, which will definitely satisfy every viewer. Thus, I will definitely recommend it to you if you want a taste of some classic Cold War cinema, because this rolling stone, does manage to gather quite some mass till it reaches the end.
My Rating: 3.5/5