Bridge of Spies Courtesy Village Voice

Bridge of Spies Courtesy Village Voice

The timing of this film could not have been more appropriate especially with the ongoing war in Syria and the blame game between the USA and Russia for it.

Bridge of Spies is based on the true incident of the exchange of a Russian spy for an American pilot and student during the Cold War in 1960.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, since making his golden success of “Lincoln” expectations were slightly high and he delivers quite well.

Tom Hanks is placed to be the insurance lawyer James B Donovan (Irish descent) who is selected to give representation to the Russian spy Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance. James is reluctant to receive this case but for the sake of American duty he goes for it and very quickly the case slips out of his hands because the Judge and everyone else want this KGB spy put to death for the sake of their national security. Then there is a brief moment between client and lawyer; Rudolf stirs a challenge in James, as to whether he wants to be remembered for just doing his duty or really making a difference?

James is hooked and as soon as the Russians capture an American pilot, there is work to be done, but this time in East Germany and only James has been allowed to do the negotiation.

Matt Charman and the famous Coen brothers Ethan and Joel, who are big winners at the Cannes Film Festival, have written the screenplay and the trio gives you a juicy story.

Mark Rylance as the Russian spy is brilliant; his dark and mysterious character wishes you knew more of him. He is up for an Oscar as Actor in Supporting Role.

However I expected more from Tom Hanks, he had the best part, a tough, smooth talking lawyer, family man, righteous and ambitious, but somehow there was still something lacking. Tom Hanks is a larger than life figure but Bridge of Spies was a little watered down for him.