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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bridge of Spies: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

In the midst of the Cold War, a successful insurance lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is assigned to defend an alleged Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Donovan wants to give his client a fair trial even his whole nation made him as one of the most hated men in the United States for defending a spy. The proceedings on the trial made Abel as a blue chip when the Soviets caught the pilot of a US spy plane. Soon, Donovan finds himself as a negotiator settling for a fair trade between two dominant nations.

Steven Speilberg returns to the big screen with another piece of American History during the dark periods of the Cold War. The film is like a two-part special where the first part introduces us to the unlikely friendship between Donovan and Abel. We see that Donovan even risked the life of his family just to give Abel a fair trial. In the second half, we are transported to the period where Donovan needed to redeem himself to win an uphill battle of tactics against the powerful nations. 

The film is anchored by another outstanding performance from Tom Hanks. Same with Mark Rylance who took the sympathy from the audience making him an easy character to root because of his chosen few words that brings the necessary humor the film needs.  

Overall, Bridge of Spies is a story worth-telling with another captivating performance from Tom Hanks. It's a thrilling true-to-life espionage that is remarkably made by the Speilberg-Hanks connection. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens October 14 in cinemas nationwide

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