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Bridge of Spies’ dark, tense mood shines new angle on lesser-known historical event

Written By: David T. Lee - Feb• 08•16


Last night, I watched the newest Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies (which is nominated for 6 Academy Awards)! The film, which tells the true story of a suspenseful exchange between Russian spy Rudolf Abel, American pilot Gary Powers and American student Frederic Pryor (Abel was captured by the Americans, Powers captured by Russians and Pryor captured by Germans), is told from the perspective of insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (played by Tom Hanks) as he facilitates the exchange while being closely watched by the CIA.

The palette is dark, nearly black and white as much of the action is filmed in a snowy Berlin, Germany. There is a lot of quiet suspense and action sequences are sparsely distributed (the main part of the film being James’s intense conversations with the Russians and the Germans). Spielberg portrays James as a kind and determined man (Rudolf Abel calls him a “standing man” during an interview) who won’t give up until both Powers and Pryor are released. Mark Rylance also delivers a solid performance as Russian spy Rudolf Abel.

Overall, this movie is mainly talk. Although it is very interesting and intriguing, the constant dialogue will bore many younger kids. The topics discussed are meant for more mature people and some scenes are quite frightening (people trying to cross the boundary between East and West Berlin are gunned down by border patrol). Spielberg has succeeded again with a historical drama that flows like fiction.

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Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

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  1. Nice review. I saw an earlier version of this movie twenty years ago on HBO where Lee Majors starred as Gary Powers in a Russian Jail. The was a lot of dialogue but not as intense as a “Spielberg” movie.

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