This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. I don't get why.
1. This movie is based on the true story of lawyer Jim Donovan, who negotiated the release of US spy Francis Gary Powers in 1957.
2. It's co-written by the Coen Brothers, directed by Steven Spielberg, and stars Tom Hanks. So I expected an awesome movie. I did not get an awesome movie.
3. This happened during the Cold War, which means there is no violence or death in the movie. It's all talking. There was a great subplot about recruiting some Army soldiers into being spies, but it was dropped almost as soon as it was introduced. It was only used to set up the one action scene in the whole movie.
4. The actual spy scenes are really interesting. Too bad there were only two of them.
5. Even though it wasn't completely historically accurate, it was cool to see how the Berlin wall was being built, and how the city was reacting to it.
6. This is not a thriller. There's no real suspense in the movie. It's a drama with mostly talking, in courtrooms and back rooms. If you watch the first 30 minutes, you know what will happen during the next two hours.
7. The bridge referred to in the title is only in the movie for about 10 minutes.
8. The ending of the movie contradicts itself. It makes you think that one thing happened, but in the text at the end of the movie, it says the opposite thing happened.
9. The movie is decently written, decently acted, and well-shot. The movie is decently put together. But given the talent behind the film, I was pretty disappointed. I expected more than "decent".