A cold-war thriller based on a true story about the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. The only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.
Steven Spielberg is back in the game. The film starts with Rudolf Abel sitting in front of a mirror painting himself into a portrait. Bridge of Spies is filled with awe visual imagery. The opening shot is one of the few examples of this, and it reminds us Spielberg's undeniable talent for storytelling through moving images.
It is a cold-war thriller without the guns and the explosions filled with interesting dialogue (with the Coen Brother's screenwriting magic) between characters reflecting on the art of conversation, and the power of being persistent. "Standing Man" as Rudolf Abel calls Donovan.
This is the first picture Steven Spielberg has done without working with John Williams as his composer. With only using 30 minutes of music throughout the film Thomas Newman created an outstanding score to go among the incredible performances of Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.
Bridge of Spies is a cinematic master piece that must be seen at the theaters. From stunning visuals, a great score, and performances. The film explores a story from the Cold-War that has not been talked about before. It is an important piece that reflects not only the cold-war era but many of the world's problems happening today.