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About the Movie
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 276
- Fresh: 251
- Rotten: 25
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Authentic re-creations of the period, including duck-and-cover clips about a nuclear holocaust that frightened young students, serve as a reminder of a time, not unlike our own, when the threat of terror kept a steady and disturbing beat.
Fresh: Director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a meticulously composed espionage thriller, which establishes a tense atmosphere from the start and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. [Full review in Japanese]
Fresh: Bridge of Spies is a warm portrait of a friendship, an excitingly intricate story of realistically scaled suspense, and a visually ravishing and lovingly crafted rendering of mid-century America, where how you look matters much less than what you do.
Fresh: The genius of the casting is in the contrast: Hanks, the richly sympathetic screen actor, and Rylance, no less colossal a talent but one comparatively untried in cinema.
Mr Spielberg keeps delivering
Inspiring, deep and engaging. Great performance by Tom Hanks. The story is very well told.
An Inspiring Tale
Set during the Cold War, New York lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) is hired to defend a convicted Russian spy (Rylance) but with little support from his work associates, makes for a difficult defence. Soon Donovan comes up wih a plan to negotiate the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who has now been captured by the Soviets in exchange for the Russian spy he defended in court.
Great plot with an amazing cast including Hanks who slips right into his role as usual. Though Mark Rylance took me by surprise and loved his character. The two actors worked well together and a surprisingly good score by Thomas Newman who took the movie to a new level.
Bridge of Spies is very engrossing and a thoughtful watch.
Look for the different ways the spies are treated in their foreign countries.
Spirits of Americans
There are all kinds of beauty of arts. Some of them need knowledge, peace and magnanimity to enjoy. This movie is surely one of the kind.
The plot may be very simple, but from performance, music, context symmetry and spiritual echoes come masterpiece. And that is what filming is all about.
Patriotism and bravery is never spoken, but is done. That is what James Donovan did, as a standing man on his hold.