Bridge of Spies (2015) – movie review


This film contains false advertising. There was no bridge made of spies.

Bridge of Spies is a war-drama based on the true story of James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), an insurance lawyer asked to defend a Soviet spy (played by Mark Rylance) in court to keep up the image that the American justice system is fair. When it isn’t. James then has to negotiate the exchange of the Soviet spy captured by the Americans for the American spy captured by the Soviets. In East Berlin.

Something that you need to grasp before you decide to watch Bridge of Spies is that there is no action. Bridge of Spies is a drama which keeps its constant interest through discussion rather than gunfire. Although, not as “thrilling” as you’d hope it to be. It’s a film set during the war, not a war film.

I’d like to give special props to Mark Rylance for his performance as the Soviet Spy who isn’t the least bit scared of prison or death. And Tom Hanks is great as James Donovan because he’s… Tom Hanks.

With a name as good as Spielberg, comes great directing. Bridge of Spies is presented with Spielberg’s subtle yet powerful decisions as a director to accompany such a peculiar story to make a movie about.

Bridge of Spies has good acting, good directing, a constantly interesting (but not always thrilling) story and Tom Hanks. It isn’t up there with Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark but I’d recommend Bridge of Spies this to anyone who doesn’t need explosions to enjoy a movie. If you do want explosions and action, I can’t help you.

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