Main Plot Points:
- A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” is the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
- Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
What We Thought:
- Bridge of Spies is a little disappointing. Not that it’s bad, it’s not, it’s just highly predictable.
- Even if you don’t know the story the film is based on, you can figure out what will happen especially if you’ve seen the trailers.
- With the talent involved, it is worth watching though. Steven Spielberg could do these types of movies in his sleep. That’s not a slight, he’s just mastered this type of storytelling.
- Then there’s Tom Hanks. Like Denzel Washington, George Clooney and the other top line actors, you know what you are going to get out of Tom Hanks. Hanks is in fine form, but I don’t see this getting him any award buzz. He’s a bit of a mix of his The Da Vinci Code character with Charlie Wilson. He’s good and you root for him, but again, you can figure out what’s going to happen.
- The surprise here is Mark Rylance. He should get some award buzz. He’s fantastic as the Russian spy. He never cracks. He’s charismatic. He’s funny and even as an American, you root for the Russian to go home and be safe. He should be getting at least a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nomination.
- It really is a shame that the film is predictable. The story has some layers and Spielberg uses an array of backdrops and settings to set the mood, but you know what will happen to a plane once you see it. You know Hanks will do his job despite the country hating him at first. You just know everything before it happens.
- You have to question the timing of Bridge of Spies. If the studio thought it would be an awards contender it certainly wouldn’t be opening in October. It would open later in the year to get that buzz. As it is, it’s opening against Steve Jobs AND Crimson Peak so I can’t even predict what it will do at the box office.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Tom Hanks
- Steven Spielberg
- Mark Rylance
- Amy Ryan
Recommended if You Like:
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Spy movies