A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells 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 mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story that captures the essence of a man who risked everything, vividly bringing his personal journey to life.
Underwhelming Cold War spy story
- Bridge of Spies review by Alphaville
The good news is that this is one of Spielberg’s adult films. The bad news is that he’s overcompensated with laboured direction. Mark Rylance’s performance as the suspected Russian spy in 1950s America is likewise woefully understated. Tom Hanks’ usual lively performance as Rylance’s attorney consequently provides a welcome breath of fresh air.
The plot holds few surprises even if you don’t know the real-life story on which it is based. It does become more interesting when the ‘action’ moves to Berlin… after a whole hour, but that’s too late to pick up much dramatic momentum. Adding to the underwhelming package is Thomas Newman’s irritating score, which visits every cliché from military trumpets to plinky-plonk piano. You can imagine the kind of scenes to which such snippets add unneeded emphasis.
Described as a dramatic thriller, the film is rarely dramatic and never thrilling. The best Cold War thriller remains Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. If you haven’t seen that, do so.
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Interesting & well-acted
- Bridge of Spies review by SC
I enjoyed this film.
I thought it was acted well and I believed in the characters.
Because It based on fact & real experiences I found it really interesting.
Enjoyable movie would recommend as good interesting storyline & true I think? worth a watch & Tom Hanks was amazing.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Tom gets heavy. Literally.
- Bridge of Spies review by NC
Tom starting to look like Plasticine replica a bit now. Going very putty in the facial department. Still does the job though. Rylance is creepy as the spy..not sure if he is acting, or is like that anyway?
Very slow by todays standards but see Spy Who Came in from the Cold with Richard Burton. That has the drear, grey feel, of Berlin when the wall went up.........
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Excellent cold war drama
- Bridge of Spies review by TE
Excellent acting by all concerned and good directing also. Captures the drama of the times very well. Is dramatic, suspenseful and witty all at the same time, even though there is very little 'action'.