Bridge of Spies takes place during the Cold War. An American lawyer, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). A friendship of sorts is built between the two so despite losing the trial, Donovan pleads with the judge to keep Abel alive theorizing he could be used as a bargaining chip with Russia down the line. Remarkably, such an event occurs causing the CIA to rely on Hanks to facilitate an exchange of Abel for a Soviet captured American spy plane pilot.
I'm always a fan of the true story tale...and this was no exception. Doesn't hurt that I am a major Tom Hanks fan, but still it proved quite an intriguing movie. I am unclear why Mark Rylance was nominated for Supporting Actor when others (like Samuel Jackson in Hateful Eight) were more deserving in my opinion. Rylance did a fine job, but he didn't really have to do much. His role was crucial to the film's plot, but limited on screen. I didn't feel like he made an overwhelming impression overall. Regardless, I did enjoy Hanks as he struggled from high to low throughout the film. The ending left me wanting to know a bit more...and I think that is often a sign of a good film.
My Rating: 4 stars
Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance), Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Mixing, Writing (Original Screenplay)
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