Review: Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 141 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 16-OCT-2015

Plot:
In the cold war, A lawyer, James B. Donovan recruited by the CIA and involved into an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers that was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission- with a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel who was arrested for espionage in the US.

Overall Review:
Steven Spielberg, returns to the silver screen with his new period thriller “Bridge of Spies”. Based on true events, films stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. What is striking throughout this cold-war thriller is the Craftsmanship – the polished competency present in every frame & the impeccable and sensational performance of Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks. It’s a well acted, directed and written film, but it doesn’t quite ignite passion and excitement from its standard storytelling.

Performance & Technical Review:
Tom Hanks brings his natural charisma and wit that we’ve loved about him for decades. He gives an impressive performance as a family man who understands human nature and displays more humanity than the agents on both sides meant to protect their separate segments of it. His character in film is caring and engaging. As Rudolf Abel, Mark Rylance delivers sensational performance and fills in the gaps of the film’s shortcomings with charm and seasoned acting ability. Film looks incredible, and impossible to fault on a technical level. The film really shines in its Production Design. The sets and design of the era is so convincing, you feel like you have entered a time warp zone – 1950’s. The only shortcomings in the films are its length and standard story-telling.

PDF Verdict: Bridge of Spies is near-classic work by Spielberg, and is carried admirably by Hanks & Rylance: stars in top form and are wholly convincing. A strongly recommended spy thriller which is  mature and rich in entertainment.

Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 5 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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