Movie Review – Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

So before this weekend’s Oscars, I’ve been racing around to see more Academy nominees and just rented Bridge of Spies.  For those who are fans of Tom Hanks, you won’t be disappointed.

Based upon a true story, the movie is about an everyday lawyer who is asked to serve his country representing a spy from another country and eventually ends up alone in a foreign country trying to save the lives of two hostage Americans.  Not you normal Cold War era movie, but nonetheless a really nice story with lots of dialogue.

This is one of those movies where you watch the end and they have you read about what happened to the real people in the movie.  I would say if you loved the movie, “Argo” then you will find this similarly enjoyable.

I give this movie 3.5 erections (out of 5)

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – Bridge of Spies

  1. “Bridge of Spies” is an excellent movie expressing the events surrounding the capture and release of Francis Gary Powers by the Soviet Union.

    The movie accurately portrays Powers’ overflight of his U-2 flight over the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The fact Russian missiles could take him down from the altitude of the flight surprised Defense Department and CIA officials. As something of a historian and one who lived through the drama as the story unfolded, it was an interesting piece of historical fiction from the Cold War Era.

    Tom Hanks did a marvelous job portraying the lawyer recruited to negotiate Powers’ release. The drama captures the viewer. In my opinion, however, Mark Rylance’s portrayal of Rudolf Abel stole the show. Rylance portrayed Abel as the stoic Rudolf Abel. His humor kept the movie from degenerating into a boring repetition of historical data.

    The movie deserves its nomination for best picture. You are right, Rebecca, the movie is enjoyable and, for those of us into history, it is accurate.

  2. You are right, Rebecca, the movie is excellent and it is historically accurate. I lived through the drama of Francis Gary Powers’ capture. While I don’t remember all the negotiations or those involved, I remember the reports concerning the event and his release. If anything, those of us who care about history would give it a bit higher recommendation–maybe 4.0 or 4.5 erections.

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