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Bridge of Spies (2015)

Bridge of Spies (2015)

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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, 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, the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

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(150) comments

  • Nicholas LNovember 24, 2016Reply

    Bridge of Spies appears at first to be a slow movie but the poise and intuition of Tom Hank’s character captures you and pulls you into the action and stakes.

  • Jesus HNovember 27, 2016Reply

    Good movie. Mark Rylance was great. So was Hanks. Good story, and a very lucky man too

  • Igor ANovember 27, 2016Reply

    dosta dobar film!!! ne sretnav nekogo da ne mu se dopadne…ona sto mi preci e amerikanskata propaganda…znaci ovaka, Rusite go macat amerikanskiot spion, a Amerikancite ne go macat…demokratski se odnesuvaat i civilizirano…koja smeurija…golema greska na Steven Spielberg sto ja ubacil taa scena…pa duri i toa da e vistina, ne trebal toa da go prikaze…no, koga se pravi film vo Holivud ne se misli deka i nekoj nadvor od USA ke go gleda fimov…inace filmov e skoro odlicen, od mene 4.5 ima…glumata e ludilo!

  • Kelly TNovember 29, 2016Reply

    Great movie about an amazing man.

  • Cole EDecember 7, 2016Reply

    If there’s anyone that can make a Cold War story at all compelling it’s Steven Spielberg and the Coen brothers.

  • Luca BDecember 16, 2016Reply

    Bellissima spy story ma commovente allo stesso tempo.

  • Nikita RDecember 16, 2016Reply

    An awe inspiring set of scenes, acted divinely by seasoned professionals. Steven Spielberg does it again.

  • Jovi JDecember 20, 2016Reply

    Excellent movie and a very nice story about a true hero not only of a country but also of mankind. Tom hanks still one of the best. Watched this at home.

  • Matthew DDecember 20, 2016Reply

    A clever way to view the Cold War from a new angle, the first half is a very compelling look at one man’s integrity under the paranoia and witch-hunts in America at the time. The second half which is almost a separate sequel story isn’t quite so powerful or interesting, but it provides a nice counter look at the same man facing compromise in the same conditions in communist territory.

  • Garrett CDecember 22, 2016Reply

    Do what you know is right even though no one may be watching. All human lives have value. Ordinary men can do extraordinary things. This is basically Spielberg’s modern Capra-like take on the Cold War, and it is brilliant.

  • Russell LDecember 22, 2016Reply

    Cold war spy movie is filled with tension and suspense.

  • Olli GDecember 23, 2016Reply

    A strong, moving film with a strong cast however it never truly ascends to the heights of its potential.

  • Timothy WDecember 25, 2016Reply

    Good movie. Not the fastest paced.

  • Wayne MDecember 27, 2016Reply

    Bridge of Spies is perhaps what you would expect from latter day Spielberg. Solid efficient storytelling that never truly leaps off the screen. Based on true events the film concerns itself with the Cold War of the late 50s as Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer who has to defend a Soviet spy and then later negotiate his exchange with a US prisoner. Hanks is effective if rather dull and the script is rather heavy handed and although the story flows along the tension never really escalates and by the end it just all falls a bit flat.

  • Jennifer BDecember 29, 2016Reply

    Not very suspenseful and quite anti-climactic. Tom Hanks was amazing as usual. Just weak substance.

  • Jonathan BJanuary 2, 2017Reply

    Tom Hanks plays the lawyer who, after defending a Russian spy is tasked with leading the negotiations to secure the release of a captured U2 pilot. Set at the height of the cold war, as the Berlin wall was going up, Bridge of spies is based on real events following the capture by the USSR of American pilot Gary Powers. At time of huge mistrust and paranoia between the governments of the USA, USSR and GDR, Hanks’ character, James Donovan strives to maintain his belief is truth and justice for all. As you would expect, this is a perfect role for an actor like Hanks who quietly and self-assuredly leads a very strong cast. I particularly enjoyed his scenes with Mark Rylance who is one of just a few actors that can match Hanks when it comes to doing so much by saying so little. You really sense that both actors enjoyed working with each other here. Steven Spielberg doesn’t complicate what is, at heart, quite a straightforward story but does manage to give an accurate period feel. A flavour of the atmosphere in the US at the time is provided by small details, such as the scene at the school of Donovan’s children where they watch “Duck and Cover” information movies. We also get a taste of the panic that gripped Berlin as the city was divided. However, the focus of the movie is the character of Donovan himself as he uses his gentle but determined powers of persuasion to save the lives of several men.

  • Miriam RJanuary 13, 2017Reply

    Nice movie! Not an action movie but I was still at the edge of my seat. Lots of lessons to be learned from the story about loyalty, fairness and concern for other people.

  • Nicholas TJanuary 14, 2017Reply

    Great movie, Tom Hanks at his best. Love the human connection this movie has.

  • Sue BJanuary 14, 2017Reply

    “But what makes us both Americans? Just one thing. One. Only one. The rule book. We call it the Constitution, and we agree to the rules, and that’s what makes us Americans.”

  • Matt BJanuary 19, 2017Reply

    wow. what an incredible story which gives thought to the lost American values of doing the right thing and the message was clear stating what makes a true American. astonishing cinematography, Tom Hanks once again owns his common traveling role. I wanted to see this film for a long time and now that I have. I must say it was worth the wait. bravo Steven Spielberg! you sir have and never will lose that touch to captivate audiences even on a smaller scale than a typical box office hit.

  • Joseph SJanuary 19, 2017Reply

    Everything works perfectly here, well, as perfect as I can tell but that’s the point, right? Average and everyone matters. Or I am being grandiose. Regardless this is a tremendous work of character that swells with tears and smiles.

  • Kathy FJanuary 21, 2017Reply

    Excellent movie. Hanks was on point. Riveting, real, great acting, superb directing and wonderful story line.

  • Matthew CFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    Although at times overly patriotic and a bit naive, Bridge of Spies is a great drama that has all the elements of a good movie in just the right amount.

  • Manu DFebruary 11, 2017Reply

    Perfect support role.

  • Scott RFebruary 12, 2017Reply

    Well made Cold War espionage thriller.

  • Russell HFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    really slow paced but the acting was great. Not much action, mostly drama

  • Robbie HFebruary 19, 2017Reply

    Slow but enjoyable. Rylance was great. Outstanding cinematography.

  • Irene MFebruary 21, 2017Reply

    Another excellent movie from Tom Hanks. Resonates especially now; the theme reminds one that ‘rule of law’ is what defines us as Americans.

  • Aaron BFebruary 28, 2017Reply

    A bad review “Would it help?” LOL… movie has humor, suspense and great acting and writing from A-Z. If you have not seen it, you must. Tom Hanks is great as always.

  • Paul DMarch 2, 2017Reply

    I found this to be enjoyable, but it also seemed overly long winded at times. The performances are really good, although I don’t think that Mark Rylance should have beaten Stallone for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. It is dry material, but there is a decent story in there somewhere.

  • Adam TMarch 9, 2017Reply

    Steven Speilberg continues his recent return to form with this tense cold war thriller starring Tom Hanks as a Brooklyn lawyer who is called on to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Russians in Germany. Stunningly shot with some particularly evocative scenes of people trying to escape East Germany over the Berlin Wall.

  • Marc GMarch 11, 2017Reply

    A bit more plodding then I usually care for.

  • Zach SMarch 12, 2017Reply

    Good acting and an interesting time period, but I guess I wasn’t riveted as I was expecting more suspense.

  • Nandan TMarch 15, 2017Reply

    No need to think before watching a Steven Spielberg film. Could be slow at times, but still well worth your time. Recommended!

  • Reed VMarch 19, 2017Reply

    A by the numbers thriller with standout performances by Hanks and Rylance.

  • Greg HMarch 20, 2017Reply

    Above-average espionage yarn with Oscar-winning performance by Rylance as foreign spy represented in court by Tom Hanks.

  • Ryan SMarch 20, 2017Reply

    Very intriguing true story. Definitely watch. Only giving it 3.5 cause it’s one of those movies you’ll probably never watch again.

  • Henrysmovieguide CMarch 22, 2017Reply

    Very, very good, even though some parts I did not understand. Tom Hanks is a brilliant actor. Serious, but kids could see it.

  • Iain BMarch 23, 2017Reply

    Tom Hanks catches a cold and then passes it on in this cold war drama

  • Haneef AMarch 23, 2017Reply

    Bridge of Spies (BoS) is a very good movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks…although it is not a movie for everyone. I enjoyed their pairing of work more in Saving Private Ryan. Having said that, BoS has an interesting story based on a real event circa the Cold War 1957-60, about a lawyer and his involvement with 2 spies on opposite sides of both US and Soviet Union, and the politics and mindsets of both nations. Main themes are of honour of men and humanity, regardless of what nationality/ideology you hail from. A fine script and uplifting dialogues; but with no action at all save for a shooting scene. Recommended for historical aficionados and those who like A Few Good Men. A personal A-.

  • Andy SMarch 24, 2017Reply

    Very interesting plot with an already interesting character who hasn’t spoken a word. Spy movies are some of my favorites. Top notch acting. It’s crazy how easy it is to put someone in the military in a stressful position and to change whatever there doing all of a sudden.

    Talk about being put in an awkward situation. Tom Hank’s character has to defend a Soviet Spy. The kind of person that everyone wants to see die or go to jail. There’s some very clever scene changes. Pisses me off to see that war propaganda can’t help but make its way into the minds of children at school. The videos they played to the kids about nuclear attack.

    Ridiculous how brainwashed and ignorant people were back then and still kind of are. I understand Hanks’ character. For him, he just wants to provide fair rights to a human being, regardless if he’s an enemy or not. Talk about timing and making things complicated with the Berlin wall getting erected.

    They were definitely more aggressive with the American spy than with the Soviet spy in terms of getting information.

    Good story about doing what’s right and all that shit.

  • Chris JMarch 30, 2017Reply

    A little slow in spots, but a pretty powerful movie.

  • Carlo CApril 4, 2017Reply

    Buen thriller con temática de la época de la Guerra Fría, en donde la trama de espionaje y contraespionaje entre sovieticos y norteamericanos resulta entretenida y curiosamente actual.

  • Marcus KApril 8, 2017Reply

    I thought it was very boring.

  • Sean LApril 16, 2017Reply

    “Would it help?” ~ Rudolf Abel

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  • Terry GApril 30, 2017Reply

    I am the spy now… Well… just as intense as Captain Philips but in a different way. Absolutely riveting; somewhat uplifting except for a bit too much patriotism, … I guess.

  • AndyTheMovieMan 2May 13, 2017Reply

    Bridge of spies is a really good movie, it’s got great acting, good characters, fantastic music, and a great story, I also love the way this movie looks, it’s shot perfectly.

  • Joseph OMay 20, 2017Reply

    Bridge of spies is a very good movie. Amazing how things were and ironically still are. Enjoyed the cast and the story is well told and well executed.

  • Ryan FMay 30, 2017Reply

    As always, Tom Hanks gives an amazing performance and the movie is truly engaging. Spielberg gives us a great period piece about the tensions of the Cold War era between the US and the Soviet Union. This was a great and very well timed movie considering the tensions going on in today’s world

  • Daniel WMay 31, 2017Reply

    Tom Hanks doing what Tom Hanks does best: bringing humanity to history and revealing to us one of the great heroes of the Cold War.

  • Kaleb RJune 3, 2017Reply

    Wonderfully told story of the shades of grey between frigid international relations. The performance by Mark Rylance is particularly impressive.

  • The Humpo Show .June 6, 2017Reply

    A film that is deserving of its Academy Award nominations, but especially Mark Rylance’s Best Supporting Actor win, Bridge of Spies displays humanity and film-making at its finest. The scene below displaus the fiercely fought and negotiated exchange between the US and USSR during the height of the Cold War and the U2 incident. Both Hanks and Rylance are exemplary in their respective roles, and with Spielberg directing, it is to no surprise that this historical retelling is depicted in a respectful and suspenseful manner. History and drama are excellently fused together, as are the Cold War paranoia to today’s terrors. Bridge of Spies is tense and engaging to the last, but the personalities and beliefs of both Donovan (Hanks) and Abel (Rylance) shine through the murky landscape of their country’s tensions. Donovan as “the standing man” and Abel as a logical man who replies to every Donovan question regarding Abel’s hopeless situation with “would it help [to be scared/worried etc]”.

  • Johann MJune 25, 2017Reply

    A thrilling film which shows the tense period of the Cold War and the negotiations conducted in order to exchange spies and non-spies on both sides. Tom Hanks was great but Mark Rylance is a genious. Good luck at the BAFTAs and Academy Awards!

  • Dana FJune 30, 2017Reply

    Leave it to Spielberg to deliver on a polished, tense, engaging, and emotionally resonant film. Still, it’s not as tight as many of his other films. It’s good, even very good, but it just doesn’t move along quickly enough to make it great. The whole movie is almost entirely people talking, and it’s easy to zone out. It’s engaging, but with a little more trimming, this film would have been mesmerizing. The performances are top notch, and Mark Rylance deserves his Supporting Actor nod. Though the tension is what drives the film, there are also some pretty exciting sequences, and the end is surprisingly moving. It has that same traditional feel that all Spielberg films do, but at least he knows how to do it and do it right.

  • Sherry MJuly 9, 2017Reply

    I loved this movie. Tom Hanks was so convincing as Donavan. The end brought tears to my eyes. The setting and time period well done.

  • Albert BJuly 14, 2017Reply

    Predictable and Alan Alda does his work one way only – horrible

  • Doctor SJuly 22, 2017Reply

    Spielberg crafts yet another all-time classic, as does Tom Hanks in the role of insurance attorney turned prisoner exchange negotiator during the Cold War in this true story adaptation. If you’ve wondered why a lawyer would defend someone accused of a heinous crime in the face of daunting evidence, this film will eloquently tell you all you need to know about the value of the American justice system. Although he has a much smaller role, Mark Rylance is every bit the equal to Hanks as the imprisoned Irish-born Russian spy. Janus Kaminski’s photography heightens The emotional and intellectual impact of this terrific bu The emotional and intellectual impact of this beautifully written iscript from Joel & Ethan Coen and Matt Charman.

  • Nena JJuly 22, 2017Reply

    Phenomenal movie about a phenomenal man.

  • Gary PJuly 25, 2017Reply

    Engrossing spy drama with superb performances from Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.

  • Reel HAugust 16, 2017Reply

    GREG: (Greg Smith, Founder of Agile Writers of Richmond, VA) Like a bridge over troubled waters, there are spies like us.

    SCOTT: (Dr. Scott Allison, Professor of Psychology, University of Richmond) Indeed. This is a movie about walls and bridges. Let s recap.

    GREG: We re introduced to James Donovan (Tom Hanks) a tax lawyer in 1957. He s been recruited to defend a suspected Soviet spy named Rudolf Abel. Donovan takes this very seriously – he was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, after all. However, nobody around him thinks the spy deserves a trial – they ve already convicted him in their minds. Donovan is also getting the evil eye from everyone in town, even to the point of death threats and shooting out his windows.

    SCOTT: As expected, Donovan loses the case and Abel is convicted. However, Donovan succeeds in sparing Abel from the death penalty. He does this by persuading the judge that, hypothetically, keeping Abel alive allows for the possibility that a future hostage exchange could take place should the Soviets ever capture an American spy. As it turns out, Donovan is prescient.

    GREG: Scott, you d expect a movie by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks would be excellent, and Bridge of Spies doesn t disappoint. Every character in this film is acted out with a sort of precision that you don t see every day. The spy, Abel, is a cool character. He seems worn out, but meticulous in his behavior and attention to his spy craft. Hanks delivers a very Jimmy Stewart sort of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington performance. He is truly cinema s leading, leading man. From both a technical and storytelling point of view, there are no flaws with this film.

    SCOTT: Absolutely right, Gregger. This movie shines in every way that a movie can shine. First and foremost, Donovan is a hero with moral courage. His character taps into an important hero archetype that describes a man who does the right thing even when it is very unpopular. Because he defends a suspect who is universally hated, Donovan receives menacing glares on the subway. His home is the target of gunfire, and his family pressures him to rethink his decision. Despite the risks and the danger, Donovan does what needs to be done. Bridge of Spies features two separate hero s journeys. The first journey is the unpopular legal defense of the Soviet spy. The second journey takes place later in East Germany after Donovan is assigned the task of negotiating the release of American soldier Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell). As in the initial journey, Donovan once again takes on the unpopular fight. Under pressure from the CIA to focus only on Powers, Donovan insists on making sure that a 25-year-old American hostage is also released during the prisoner exchange. Once again, our hero does the right thing regardless of the cost to himself.

    GREG: I m glad you mentioned the double-hero s-journey, Scott. While it did keep true to the events of the time, it slowed the movie down. There were two ordinary worlds, and two special worlds to become acclimated to. I can t think of a fix (and I would never argue with the master, Spielberg). Still the characterizations and suspense pull this film along to it s thrilling conclusion. The supporting characters were superb. Of course we already mentioned Rudolf Abel, played exceedingly low-key by Mark Rylance. (My favorite line is when Donovan asks Abel: Aren t you worried? and he replies, Would it help? ). This is a combination anti-hero and villain character. Certainly not a villain as he is not trying to prevent Donovan from doing his job, but he s a bad guy; a particularly easy-going bad guy. As such, he s not so much even an anti-hero as much as a prop – he s Donovan s main goal (to give Abel a fair trial). But it is the system represented by Judge Byers who is the villain in the first half of the film. Byers wants to get the trial over with and sentence Abel to death as soon as possible. He s already passed his judgement. Donovan even says out loud that his role in this case is to prove that America does not have kangaroo courts. It is Byers who is attempting to thwart Donovan s main goal. When the jury passes down a guilty verdict, Byers is in the position to sentence Abel to death. But Donovan convinces Byers that Abel may be a bargaining chip in the event an American spy is captured by the Russians. So, while Donovan loses the battle, he wins the war.

    SCOTT: The fact that we have two hero s journeys underscores this film s mission of showcasing the depth of Donovan s heroic integrity. A single hero s journey isn t enough for him. He s a person who has no doubt been on many hero journeys, with Bridge of Spies giving us a glimpse of only two of them. This movie needed two interlinked hero s journeys, if only to show that Donovan s deft skill in sparing Abel s life in the first journey allowed for the opportunity for him to spare the lives of two other men in the second. I agree that the supporting cast more than holds its own in this film. Abel is a likeable Soviet villain, and some of the Americans are less than likeable in their dogmatic views and behaviors. You could argue that we have both institutional heroes and institutional villains, with Donovan serving as the face of the West and several characters serving as the various faces of the Soviet eastern bloc. These characters include Abel and several of the politicians that Donovan negotiates with to win the release of the two hostages.

    GREG: Bridge of Spies is a wonderful work of art created by two masters of their craft. Spielberg directs this film in a way that shows off both the heroism of Donovan, and also the corrupt natures of the Soviet and American governments, alike. Hanks delivers again as the most likable guy in Hollywood. Together, the two paint a picture of a man of courage – or as Able calls him – the standing man. I can t think of anything that could have made this film better. I award Bridge of Spies 5 out of 5 Reels. Tom Hanks is great as the confident yet modest insurance lawyer called to the adventure of defending a villain. Donovan steps up to the challenge and delivers. He has no mentor in his journey, but he draws upon the values laid down by the Constitution. Just as the hero of the western lives by the code of the West, Donovan lives by the ideals set down by the founding fathers. There is also no missing inner quality to overcome. While Donovan is modest about his abilities, he is not unconfident. As you point out, Scott, it took two events in Donovan s life to expose the depth of his character. In the epilog to the film, we re informed that he also negotiated the release of 1,163 Bay of Pigs prisoners. It s clear from this film that the heroic element of Donovan is the fact that he not only stands on his principles, but also goes above and beyond what is required. I d like to give Donovan full honors, but his story lacks certain elements of the hero s journey. So, I award Donovan 4 out of 5 Heroes. The supporting cast is excellent. Spielberg suffers no fools, and every supporting character in this story delivers. We ve already talked about the villainous judge, and the quiet spy. But there was also the (apparently) naive pilot shot down over Russia (Francis Gary Powers), the supportive but worried wife and children, the corrupt CIA officials, the corrupt and devious KGB officials, the youthful college student, and the young people shot down while trying to jump the Berlin wall. All of these characters represent some element of the story, nothing is wasted. I give the supporting cast 5 out of 5 Cast points. Movie: Cast: Hero:

    SCOTT: I agree, Greg, that Bridge of Spies is a winner. When you combine a fabulous screenplay with arguably the best male actor of our times (Tom Hanks), you are destined to produce something magical. Having grown up in Los Angeles where I listened to Francis Gary Powers broadcast traffic conditions from his helicopter, I knew his story. But what I didn t know was the backstory involving the heroic James Donovan working behind the scenes to do the right thing, over and over again, at great risk to himself. I also award this film 5 Reels out of 5. The dual hero journey is deftly linked and reinforces Donovan s intelligence, character, and integrity. Like you, Greg, I note the absence of a transformation and a mentor figure who is there to help him transform. In a sense, Donovan is a superhero who is supremely virtuous from start to finish. It s not a bad hero s journey, just not the classic journey as described by Joseph Campbell. I ll give Donovan s heroism 3 Heroes out of 5. The supporting characters, as you point out, are excellent and deserve credit for either assisting Donovan on his journey or for throwing obstacles in his way. I particularly enjoyed Mark Rylance s wry humor and overall performance as the captured spy who had no chance of acquittal. Overall, these supporting characters deserve a rating of 4 out of 5. Movie: Cast: Hero:

  • Evan GAugust 29, 2017Reply

    Excellent film with great performances in this true story and Hanks when he’s in the right vehicle like this one feels like this generation’s Henry Fonda.

  • Joseph OAugust 30, 2017Reply

    The dialogues were entertaining, the acting was convincing, and Tom Hanks and even Mark Rylance were really likable in their roles. I really liked the inspirational story based on true events, even though there are a couple of moments that felt a bit melodramatic. 9/10

  • Michael HSeptember 3, 2017Reply

    Absolutely amazing film portraying the true story of how the US got Gary Powers back from the Russians during the cold war. Tom Hanks excells once more playing an every day guy.

  • Ivan SSeptember 5, 2017Reply

    Thrilling begining but the plot drift off in pointless threads

  • Scott KSeptember 5, 2017Reply

    A few things stand out in this film. The Coen Brothers’ unmistakable writing, the way Spielberg and Hanks recruit you to their side expertly, and Mark fricken Rylance. The first half of this film is imperfect, Spielberg comes out pretty stiff and typical in his direction. Camera moves we’ve seen him do many times before (important to note he literally invented some of these thirty years ago) and a few supporting cast members not strong enough to pull off some of his trademark specific blocking and timing naturally (Hanks’ young law assistant and the cops on the porch come to mind). However, the crescendo builds into the second half, taking us on a ride where Hanks brings his A-game to match an excellent script, finishing on a fulfilling note. However, nobody comes close to matching Rylance, who achieves an otherworldliness and earns his Oscar with a character who seduces us with such subtleness and admirable aloofness. The film almost comes close to bursting the bubble and reaching peak importance, as the subject matter holds the potential of becoming a classic, though falls just short, but is still an enjoyable espionage + fish out of water + spirit lifter + self-reflecting commentary….that gives the everyman proof that he change the world someday.

  • Cory FSeptember 11, 2017Reply

    Anchored by a sneaky great performance from then unknown Mark Rylance, Spielberg and Hanks continue to prove that you cannot beat there chemistry when it comes to making a great film.

  • Chris LSeptember 24, 2017Reply

    Predictably excellent performances and an expectedly emotional and resonant story make this a highly enjoyable if not one of the most memorable Spielberg films.

  • AnonymousSeptember 27, 2017Reply

    Slow in spots but two items at the end were worth waiting for.

  • Kitty CSeptember 29, 2017Reply

    Every frame, joke and soundtrack feels, sounds, looks like an epitome of the
    classic Spielberg-Tom-Hanks movie. I found the whole 130 minutes enjoyable and entertaining.

  • Evan WOctober 3, 2017Reply

    When the director of “Jaws,” the star of “Forrest Gump” and the writers of “O Brother Where Art Thou?” come together to make a film, you know you’re in for a treat.

    “Bridge of Spies” is set in 1957 during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is arrested by the FBI and charged with being a Soviet spy. Insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is asked by his partners to defend Abel in the impending trial.

    Donovan is ridiculed and scorned by his fellow Americans for representing and defending Abel, as many of them would rather see him hanging from a rope. However, Donovan’s success in keeping Abel away from the death penalty proves vital in negotiating with the Soviets after they capture an American spy.

    Whenever I watch Tom Hanks, seldom do I see Tom Hanks. Whether it’s Forrest Gump, Captain John H. Miller or Woody from “Toy Story,” Hanks consistently excels at becoming the characters he portrays, and he delivers a dynamic performance as James Donovan. The character is decent and kind, but firm in upholding the law and his personal values.

    Mark Rylance’s portrayal of Rudolf Abel is Oscar-worthy. Abel is an awkward, mild-mannered and unusually calm elderly man, the last person you would suspect as a Soviet spy. In the face of potential execution following a guilty verdict, Abel remains cool and collected. Blown away by his lack of alarm or concern, Donovan questions, “Are you not worried?” to which Abel responds, “Would it help?”

    Ethan and Joel Coen’s script dishes out the perfect comedic, dramatic and thrilling elements that make “Bridge of Spies” great. Its dialogue drives the story, and while this may turn off certain audiences, I found it enthralling. Fundamental themes of integrity, perseverance and standing up for what’s right are broadcast clearly and effectively through the actions and words of the story’s protagonists.

    Like most of his films, Steven Spielberg’s touch is evident from the first shot. There are several scenes throughout the film in which two or more people are simply exchanging dialogue in a room. While on paper this may come across as dull, Spielberg keeps you engaged by positioning his characters in different places during a scene. Through this he is able to portray a variety of shot types and angles and simulate the effect of cuts that aren’t actually there.

    Spielberg’s narrative direction is as captivating as his visual storytelling. “Bridge of Spies” is based on a true story, and very little is altered or fabricated for the sake of entertainment. Aside from a few minor plot points and inconsistencies of the spies’ time in captivity, Spielberg and the Coen brothers stay true to the intriguing story of how an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn saved the lives of two Americans and a Soviet spy.

    Novelty in today’s cinema is a hallowed treasure. Unique scripts are replaced with unnecessary sequels and reboots, and dialogue-driven stories dwell in the shadow of the next Marvel blockbuster. Despite Hollywood’s ever-growing lack of originality, directors like Spielberg continually restore my faith in filmmaking. “Bridge of Spies” breathes new life into historical thrillers, and is a must-see for lovers of the genre.

  • Ryan SOctober 6, 2017Reply

    4/5. Bridge of Spies has an incredible first half, which is a very interesting and dramatic legal thriller. The second half, where we actually get to the bridge and spies, unfortunately is not as strong. But Tom Hanks gives a steller performance and the film as a whole is certainly worth a watch.

  • Ibrahim IDecember 10, 2017Reply

    The worst movie i saw for Steven Spielberg… !!!

  • Christophe CDecember 29, 2017Reply

    Grade: A
    Intense and well-acted. Maybe drags a bit but this film is really well directed by Steven Spielberg as he is always great when it comes to directing historical event films.

  • Kevin PJanuary 16, 2018Reply

    A solid cold war biopic with engaging performances (particularly from Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance) and an intriguingly tense narrative

  • Marcus CJanuary 24, 2018Reply

    Spielberg and Hanks at their best. must watch for movie buffs of all walks of life.

  • Scott WFebruary 4, 2018Reply

    The first half of this movie is really good. Mark Rylance brings a great quiet humanity to his character. I like the fact that Spielberg doesn’t feel the need to spend a lot of time on his trial and appeal. The second half is less interesting to me. I don’t think we know enough about Pryor to care whether he’s part of the deal with Powers and Abel. And so I felt myself wanting Tom Hanks’ character to just drop it and make the deal. There’s a little too much back and forth which gets annoying after a while. That said, it’s a very solid movie and well worth seeing.

  • Arth JFebruary 9, 2018Reply

    you don’t seem alarmed..

    Bridge Of Spies

    The negotiations are predictable and a bit eerie, maybe because it is based on factual events which the maker in here, does not completely rely upon giving enough space for the drama to fit in. Bridge Of Spies is way too long for its material; especially the side characters that follows upto the event seems a bit redundant, and needs better editing. Spielberg does not let the movie slip away even for a frame; his execution is amazing in it and gives enough range for the actors to settle in on the screen. Tom Hanks has the job to glue all the sequences up for the audience to root for the character for he is the only common or familiar on screen and he stinks to its job very well with some good supporting cast like Mark Rylance. Bridge Of Spies comes off enthralling to the audience contrary to its genre; which I suppose shows the excellence of the director, for the writing seemed a bit loose on building up the characters for the audience to that level of drama as it was on paper.

  • Morris NFebruary 26, 2018Reply

    All of Spielberg’s virtues are on display here, plus the added intensity of the writing of the Coen brothers. While the material has been dramatized, it appears that this movie does tell the truth about its subject. Excellent film. A must see.

  • Jonathan DFebruary 26, 2018Reply

    Good movie about Cold War espionage. It’s very slow paced and interesting, but like most Spielberg films there is little to no repeat value. Good performances from Tom Hanks and this movie did win a Best Supporting Actor Award for Mark Rylance’s portrayal of Rudolf Abel (even though he’s in the movie for about 15 minutes).

  • Jordan DMarch 5, 2018Reply

    This movie is an odd one. The last 20 minutes of this movie was absolutely amazing and Tom Hanks is great. It’s the rest of the movie that I think is very slow and it feels like it just takes everything and stretches it out to make the movie longer. This is one of those movies that I do understand why it is so popular and it definitely deserves it’s praise I personally just didn’t enjoy it.

  • Ashwani SMarch 13, 2018Reply

    ‘Bridge of Spies’ is an espionage thriller at its finest. It’s set in the late 50s & early 60s and certainly looks the part. The first 45min or so is a good courtroom drama and moves along fast enough, with Hanks giving a few great speeches and making some solid points about what’s right and what’s best.
    Hanks basically owns the film, with everyone having some good moments (especially Rylance, with his “would it help?”s), but he really plays a great everyman who stands up to both Germany, Russia & his own country (mostly portrayed by the CIA/Shepherd) for what is morally right and just, not just what is politically acceptable at the current time.

  • Andy FMarch 23, 2018Reply

    It’s worthwhile enough, but one of those films you know you’d never want to watch again. Hanks plods through and is effective, but isn’t that the same for most of his films?

  • Jens SMarch 31, 2018Reply

    Spielberg’s drama about the exchange of prisoners during the early days of East germany behind the Berlin wall is no nail-biter but thoroughly entertaining. Tom Hanks is the obvious choice for the honorable lawyer negotiating the deal, but you can’t fault him for being good at what he does. Rylance certainly deserved the Oscar for his supporting role as the imprisoned russian spy. The film mostly relies on its cold war atmosphere, the actors and their lines, but that works because there actually haven’t really been a lot of films about this chapter in recent history yet.

  • AnonymousMay 5, 2018Reply

    Spielberg always does a great job. must watch if you have any interest in the Cold War.

  • Hrant BJune 2, 2018Reply

    Bridge of Spies is based on a true story about an insurance lawyer, played by Tom Hanks, who was informed he would represent a Soviet spy during the Cold War. The knowledge and wisdom of James Donovan not only saved the US pilot but also a student. Over the course of his life he helped release over 9,000 prisoners and brought them home. With a great cast and a good script you can expect a great movie, but it was filled with plenty of mistakes. I was surprised to see that the Russian Diplomat offered Hanks an Armenian Cognac, but it was a twist off cap. In the 1950’s twist off caps didn’t exist…all types of liquors used wine bottle openers to open it. Overall it was a good movie but a yawner.

  • AnonymousJune 19, 2018Reply

    A solid script and safe acting make this period piece about Cold War spies an enjoyable movie, but nothing really special. After two solidly, slightly-above-average movies, “Bridge of Spies” and “The Martian,” I’m a bit worried about what constitutes an Oscar-worthy Best Picture nomination.

  • Matthew DJuly 4, 2018Reply

    A fascinating espionage film.

    Steven Spielberg directs one of his finest films with this relevant espionage historical drama. The idea that all people deserve rights and legal representation is more relevant than ever before. The direction is immaculately crafted with beautiful long panning shots and careful visual storytelling. We witness U.S., Russian, and German diplomacy during the Cold War. It’s a very interesting prisoner negotiation movie.

    The Coen Brothers wrote a very thoughtful and fair script that depicts all countries honestly, while also entertaining the audience with jokes and knowledge. Strong writing and dialogue leads Bridge of Spies to excellence.

    Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance lead the charge with their complex portrayals of historical figures Donovan and Abel. Hanks plays it straight with some humor to humanize his lawyer. He captures Donovan’s dedication to the law, justice, and decency. Meanwhile, Rylance plays Abel with a cold poker face and a knowing somber tone. These are great actors at their peak skills. Bridge of Spies is all the more delightful because of their performances.

    In all, Bridge of Spies is an important movie for Spielberg to recount a moment in history, while also being accessible to all audiences and enjoyable simultaneously.

  • AnonymousJuly 22, 2018Reply

    Don’t have a beer, this movie must be seen with a clear and observant mind to understand all the little nuances.

  • Lilian LJuly 24, 2018Reply

    2018-7-23 I guess that is the ” value ” they’re talking about. James really sees Abel as someone’s family who needs a right treatment though the whole country wanted Abel to die. Feel very sad that when Abel was asking who will be sent by his own country to identify him since he left when he was young. Nobody. Abel was arranged in the back seat instead being hugged. James waited on the other side to see this .. Fortunately, Abel wasn’t sentenced to death but deported instead. I guess sometimes the ” value ” happened in other countries too. Great one that I would like to watch it again.

  • Heather WJuly 26, 2018Reply

    this is hubbies rating, I fell asleep right away.

  • Rodney WJuly 29, 2018Reply

    A wonderfully well acted film.

  • Mae BSeptember 19, 2018Reply

    Everyone deserves a defence-.
    Neem Tom Hanks (james) en Steven Spielberg. Geef ze een indrukwekkend , waargebeurd verhaal en zie wat er gebeurd.

    James Donovan (Tom Hanks), een advocaat gespecialiseerd in verzerkeringclaims, wordt gevraagd, door de bar committee, een Russische spion (Rudolf Abel- Mark Rylance) te verdedigen. Al snel komt Donovan erachter dat de persoon die al door heel amerika veroordeelt is misschien niet de kwaadaardige man is waar hij voor uitgemaakt wordt.

    -mister donovan you have the same people doing the same thing for your county-

    Wanneer vervolgens u-2 piloot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) crasht met zijn vliegtuig vraagt de c.i.a Donovan te onderhandelen over zijn vrijlating zodat geheime informatie niet in de handen terecht komt van de vijand..
    Donovan wordt naar oost-berlijn gestuurd met de koude oorlog in volle gang, zonder steun van zijn regering of bescherming.
    Hij moet een wankele lijn belopen tussen partijen aan beide kanten van de ijzeren gordijn.

    Ten eerste mag het duidelijk zijn dat er weinig fout kan gaan als je Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg en de broers Coens bij elkaar brengt.

    Gedurende de hele film is het werkelijk indrukwekkend en ook onwerkelijk (ook al weten we eigenlijk wel dat het echt zo gaat in die wereld) hoe spionnen informatie door geven, hoe weinig een mensenleven eigenlijk waard is en hoe knap het is van Donovan in die tijd om vast te houden aan zijn moralen. Deze man was werkelijk een held en Tom Hanks had het niet beter kunnen neerzetten op het scherm.
    En net zoals als Donovan kan ik ook wel de humor zien in zijn situatie als hij uiteindelijk in Oost-Berlijn arriveert. Hij moet de meest gehate Amerikaan (Gary Powers) kostten wat het kost vrij zien te krijgen en een onschuldige veroordeelde student de rug toe keren. De een heeft, zo kan gediscussieerd worden, moedwillig een misdrijf gepleegd en ook al begrijpelijk zichzelf niet “bevrijd” uit zijn benarde situatie terwijl de ander simpel weg op de verkeerde plek op de verkeerde tijd was.
    Ook de band die tussen Rudolf en Donovan ontstaat is regelmatig grappig maar voornamelijk erg realistisch en Rudolf zijn reactie op de vraag are you worried?
    (would that help?) is voor altijd in mijn geheugen gegriefd.
    En zoals Tom Hanks in een interview zegt..
    Waarom zou je iemand mogen veroordelen wanneer die hetzelfde doet als jij?

  • Mark LOctober 8, 2018Reply

    A tour de force in acting for Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies might do justice to its real-life story but its slow pace and lack of tangible, meaningful suspense make it a forgettable bore.

  • Don SNovember 6, 2018Reply

    Tom Hanks turns in another master performance in this cold war drama that sees him defending a Russian spy only to later use him as trade bait in order to bring home an American fighter pilot and an American student abroad. It’s too long by about half an hour, but it’s mostly riveting storytelling by director Spielberg.

  • Matt CNovember 26, 2018Reply

    Hanks and Rylance deliver brilliantly here with two characters you could watch negotiate a new Car Insurance deal let alone, hostage exchange during the cold war. The film and the plot itself I found only so-so, I felt at times it really lacked any dramatic tension. I still enjoyed it though, mainly thanks to the performances.

  • Chris HDecember 1, 2018Reply

    A solidly made and entertaining Cold War drama. While Spielberg has crafted a well paced film, Tom Hanks is what carries this film. This film may not stand out as one of Spielbergs best but is yet another good film in a huge catalogue of good Spielberg films.

  • Elle PDecember 16, 2018Reply

    Well done; I enjoyed it. Not the best film related to the topic I’ve ever seen, but glad I saw it.

  • Armchair ODecember 19, 2018Reply

    Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies begins with an image that we only really understand once the movie is over. A tiny, unremarkable man sits alone in his apartment painting his own portrait. To his right is his canvas. To his left is the mirror. He works carefully, putting the finishing touches on a painting of what must be the saddest hang-dog face you’ve ever seen. We see just over his shoulder, but we never see the man’s face except in the mirror. It’s an image that speaks to the duality of this man whose two faces will remain always in question.

    The man is Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance) who is soon arrested on charges of espionage against the United States for the Soviet Union – the charges are not false. His chances for leniency are non-existent. This is the 1960s, the Cold War is boiling, the geopolitical and ideological struggles of The U.S. and the Soviet Union are about to cut Germany in half (we literally see the bricks of the wall being laid) and American school kids are being instructed that they can prepare for nuclear war by hiding under the table.

    Given that climate, it’s fair to say that Abel’s chances for a fair trial are slim to none, but in this American system of ours, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if that trial is totally one sided. The unenviable task of representing Abel falls into the lap of a New York insurance lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks). He wants nothing to do with the case; he hasn’t practiced criminal law in years. Yet, that’s not the point. The point is for Donovan to dutifully stand by Abel while the jury finds him guilty.

    Quietly impressed by Abel’s calm demeanor, Donovan becomes determined to try the case and not simply stand by as a dummy fixture as the charges roll by. Failing to get by on the facts, such as an illegal search and seizure, Donovan sets out to keep his client from the death penalty. Abel is a Russian spy and sending this man to his death, Donovan reasons to an implacable Judge, might provoke an incident. Someday the U.S. may need Abel for a prisoner exchange.

    Enter Francis Gary Powers, a Korean vet who is tasked with flying a U2 spy plane over Russia to take photographs. If you know the story of Powers and his run-in with the Russians then you kind of already know where this story is going. What is remarkable is that Spielberg, and his screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen take a story based on historical fact and balloon it up into a tense and very effective thriller that isn’t based on gunshots or tanks, but on ideas and quick-thinking. Donovan is a lawyer, a man whose job depends on being able to talk, deal and snooker his way around a difficult situation. What starts as a simple court case escalates into an international incident that takes him into the heart of East Germany to save his client and two American men held by the Soviets – along with Powers, Donovan has to negotiate the release of an American student named Frederic Pryor (Will Rogers) who was arrested in East Germany for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Bridge of Spies feels like an espionage thriller fit for John le Carré but filtered through the true-blue American sensibilities of Frank Capra. We’re in the midst of The Cold War, but we still feel that post-WW2 atmosphere of tried and true American Pride even as the global saber-rattling is making a nuclear exchange with the Russians inevitable. As he did with Schindler’s List, Spielberg keeps the tone of the film at ground level. He doesn’t pump up the action for effect, but simply lets his images and his actors create the moments. There is tension here but not out of manipulation.

    What I love about this film is that despite it’s modern-day polish, it feels like a film from the Golden Age of Hollywood, when American films held the red, white and blue ideologies close to the chest. Most of this comes through a wonderful performance by Tom Hanks who gives us the kind of character that Jimmy Stewart use to play. Donovan is honest, but he’s also prone to think on his feet – he’s a lawyer. He sees Abel for what he is but he doesn’t dismiss him. There’s an admiration for this little man with a curious accent who seems unfazed by what is happening to him. Donovan is a good man who sets out to do the right thing, to bring home Powers and Pryor and use his legal know-how to do it.

    The beauty of Bridge of Spies lies in Spielberg’s special ability to be able to put his hands around historical events and pull them close enough for us to see with more clarity. That resides not only in his screenplays but in his storytelling. Bridge of Spies is told with a simplistic clarity that is never simple minded. He keeps the energy of the story alive even to the conclusion which is inevitable given the history but is still fascinating given the filmmaking. After 40 years, Spielberg is still the best storyteller that we have.

  • Lisa BJanuary 2, 2019Reply

    Just as emotionally soupy as Spielberg always is, but very fun to watch. Great actors, great camera work, etc, etc. Well done.

  • Brian SJanuary 21, 2019Reply

    After another very good historical film, Lincoln (2012), Spielberg delivers another great and inspiring film on a very important part of global history. The movie actually gets you tense, considering the situation, and Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance give a terrific performance. This film is very interesting, captivating and the film also has a very memorable musical score. It’s a powerful and well made film, and it’s one of the best historical movies I’ve ever seen. Recommended !!

  • Robert RFebruary 11, 2019Reply

    Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks re-team for “Bridge Of Spies,” a cinematic retelling of the 1962 exchange of captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel for crashed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and American student Frederic Pryor. In terms of spirit alone, this is a Spielberg film through and through – even if it does feel a bit more muted than it should be. It’s a film about a rare moment of diplomatic harmony occurring between two nations who should otherwise despise each other, and it should be seen by any and all self-described history buffs (such as myself). It is also, however, essentially a movie about Tom Hanks going on a tour of meetings with a series people, some of whom are more interesting in others. And while the dialogue, acting, and aesthetics at hand are all acceptable, I couldn’t help but yearn for a more urgent brand of pacing throughout. Indeed, the tension at hand is historically self-evident, but it could’ve definitely been ratcheted up a bit more within the terms of the film.

  • AnonymousFebruary 19, 2019Reply

    Bridge of Spies is the rare historical drama that balances drama, humor, and suspense while offering incredible performances from both Hanks and Rylance, along with confident direction in Spielberg and a taut script, making this espionage thriller a bar above the rest in terms of craftsmanship and political tension.

  • Huw GFebruary 23, 2019Reply

    A solid effort, heavy handed at times, and very serious but always in the right places.

  • David BApril 19, 2019Reply

    Avoided this film, just didn’t appeal. However, I watched it and really enjoyed it. I guess it was the historic / back in time setting that didn’t appeal. A few people said it was good so i gave it a go and was glad i did.

  • Jonathan HMay 15, 2019Reply

    Three stars it’s worth watching.

  • Tanner SJune 14, 2019Reply

    You need to watch this.

  • Lars PJune 17, 2019Reply

    I came. I saw. I survived.

    91%? For what? 90% for the name “Tom Hanks” and 1% for the rest?

  • Garin MJune 20, 2019Reply

    Bride of Spies is a suspenseful masterpiece from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. But not the best suspenseful masterpiece of all time.

  • Tyler SJuly 2, 2019Reply

    Bridge of Spies is a slow burner, but it comes with great payoffs to those who ride it out. The story is not amongst Spielberg’s best, but his directing was spot on yet again. The performances were outstanding, especially Tom Hanks in the leading role. The script was great, the setting felt really realistic, and the themes and messages on humanity and doing the right thing were spectacular. You have another solid Oscar contender here that people really should check out.

  • AnonymousJuly 4, 2019Reply

    Very average in my opinion especially by the standard of Tom Hanks

  • Kim DJuly 22, 2019Reply

    Spielberg is a good director, Hanks is a great actor and the story is one worth telling. I just found the beginning esp to be a bit boring, altho integral to overall story. Movie convinced me that good lawyers should be ambassadors lol. Well done to this man Mr. Donovan who used his gift from God (power of negotiation and persistence) to save lives. Some of the tense political atmosphere in America then reminds me of todays political climate. Watching the Berlin wall part was truly horrifying and brought home why the wall being knocked down was so powerful.

  • Kuruntu MSeptember 14, 2019Reply

    Overall this film is what you expect when you see the poster or read the plot. But credits due as it was quite smooth with little negligible propaganda.

  • Joseph BOctober 9, 2019Reply

    An honestly thrilling historical drama, with an always impeccable Tom Hanks performance!

  • William MNovember 5, 2019Reply

    Badly overlooked film and performance by Tom Hanks. Shrewd direction, witty script. I guess it was too intelligent for the mass audience.

  • Nate MNovember 9, 2019Reply

    A very entertaining spy drama brought to us by some of the most accomplished film artists of all time.

  • Catherine SNovember 16, 2019Reply

    There is a common tendency to greet the films of late career Steven Spielberg with somewhat of a shrug as we expect slick, well made entertainment that also has larger moral points to make as though it is easy to pull all of that together. If any other director were to pump out one of the films he has made in the last few years there would be far more excitement about them but with a director whose films used to push the boundaries and innovate it can’t help feeling as though he has settled for making films that almost any director could have made. Nevertheless the film is very good and holds up well when compared to other recent ‘based on a true story’ films that don’t hold up to scrutiny from critics and audiences.

    In the early 1960s American lawyer James B. Donovan, Tom Hanks, is ordered to represent Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, Mark Rylance, who he develops a close bond with and chooses to have him spared of the death penalty. This inadvertently leads to Abel being used as a pawn in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union as high ranking American pilot Gary Powers, Austin Stowell, has his plane downed after an accident and is captured by Soviet officials. Donovan is sent to Berlin as the Berlin Wall is being built in order to participate in negotiations with officials. Complicating negotiations further is the fact that the Soviets are attempting to offer captured American student Frederic Pryor, Will Rogers, instead of Powers. Donovan must work to have both Powers and Pryor returned to the United States while remaining on good terms with the strong willed Abel and satisfying American officials who see this is an opportunity for personal gain.

    The screenplay, written by the Coen brothers and Paul Charman, starts out as a simple legal drama that slowly unfolds to become something far greater. My view of the film probably benefitted in large part due to the fact that I had no knowledge of these events and so I was very happy to be handheld through all of the goings on and explanations of various relationships. When watching a film like Darkest Hour (2017), an incompetent piece of trash, the film is partly hurt by the fact that I was aware of the ins and outs of the event depicted, I had studied it in school, and of the iconography and public persona of Winston Churchill. This film did not have to jump over these particular hurdles as Hanks was able to give a performance that felt like a genuine characterization as opposed to a glorified impersonation and there was excitement in discovering the twists and turns that occurred to reach a positive outcome for all involved.

    Spielberg’s direction also benefits the film greatly as you get the sense that this effortless for him, although it is likely incredibly difficult to give this impression. He tells a story that could have felt labored and heavy but produces a watchable epic full of likable characters and enough light moments to keep the film going without feeling incongruous or forced. There is one final touch towards the end of the film that gilds the lily a little too much as we oversell the protagonist’s goodness by showing that his wife still gets upset about him not bringing home the right brand of marmalade. These are mine quibbles however when considering the fact that he made a film that deals in serious ideas and actually considers them while entertaining a mass audience. He builds tension effectively in negotiation scenes as he largely hands over the reins to Hanks, who was robbed of an Academy Award nomination, and employs the beautiful cinematography of Janusz Kaminski to contrast the environments of America and Germany. Where Joe Wright pours it on far too quickly throughout Darkest Hour Spielberg is able to stand back and let the film play out organically placing the many assets of the film at the fore.

    I would recommend that people see this film as while it is not the most original of Spielberg’s films and it may not have the same emotional impact as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) it is a marvel of modern filmmaking.

  • scott MDecember 17, 2019Reply

    I watched this masterpiece of cinema at my 13th birthday party and henceforth i have watched BRIDGE OF SPIES religiously every night since. It rivals the intense realism of AVENGERS ENDGAME and i cry everytime i watch it. 10/10 definately a classic.
    Yours truly
    Scott Merriman

  • AnonymousDecember 27, 2019Reply

    what a amazing film it felt like it was really long but i didn’t care because the story was fantastic great performances tom hanks out does himself again what an amazing movie definitely keeps you on your toes at all times big thumbs-up

  • AnonymousDecember 30, 2019Reply

    Bridge of Spies is one of the best movies of the year. Tom Hanks gives a great performance as well all all of the supporting cast. Performances and script and directing are top-notch. The movie doesn’t offer a lot in terms of surprises but it’s extremely well-made, crafted and intriguing. Nice history lesson as well. One of Steven Spielberg‘s best films in years.

  • AnonymousDecember 30, 2019Reply

    Bridge of Spies is one of the best movies of the year. Tom Hanks gives a great performance as well all all of the supporting cast. Performances and script and directing are top-notch. The movie doesn’t offer a lot in terms of surprises but it’s extremely well-made, crafted and intriguing. Nice history lesson as well. One of Steven Spielberg‘s best films in years.

  • J.L. TJanuary 4, 2020Reply

    Very satisfying movie with solid performances.

  • Giorgio PJanuary 11, 2020Reply

    Incredible performances and human touching true story. Absolutely worth to go trough also in order to understand better the political situation of those years. One of the best cold war movies ever made.

  • Martin DJanuary 13, 2020Reply

    Two compelling performances from two accomplished actors in Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance lead this tense Cold War era drama. Some of the known facts are somewhat distorted for narrative purposes but this is entirely forgivable when the tension is so well delivered.

  • Michael CJanuary 19, 2020Reply

    While you would think the combination of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and the Coen brothers would lead to something more memorable, Bridge of Spies is still an interesting, engaging, and even emotionally resonant biopic.

  • Michael WMarch 3, 2020Reply

    This dramatic thriller was really good. Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast did a fantastic job in this movie. This true story was very interesting and thrilling. It’s about going the extra mile to save someone’s life and put your life on the line. This is a movie for everyone to see. People will enjoy it and recommend it to others.

  • Cody MMarch 5, 2020Reply

    An entertaining and brilliant espionage thriller, combined with Spielberg’s direction, Charman and the Coen Bros’ script, the performances of the cast, Newman’s score, Kaminski’s cinematography, Kahn’s editing, Stockhausen’s production design, DeAngelo and Henrich’s set decoration, Maimore’s costume design, historical values and emotional weight, Bridge Of Spies is a brilliant and entertaining movie!!!

  • Timothy RMarch 12, 2020Reply

    The U2 spy plane incident was splashed all over the headlines when I was young tom hanks work there is nothing like “bosom buddie” I thought movie caught the political intrigue the day with the “cold war” it seemed a lot like political satire one major action sequence set the stage the “cold war” created an awful lot of bad stress for me but this movie was soothing tom hanks was quite abstract similar to his “saving private Ryan work” his cast away work is quite painful bosom buddies is where he seemed to start davinci code is quite scary but intriguing I think I like him “bridge of spies” I don’t know who made the”cold war” so stressful but this movie calmed down about it Thanks.

  • John BMarch 18, 2020Reply

    Great movie based on a true story during the cold war that keeps you on the edge of your seat

  • Sotiris KApril 4, 2020Reply

    It’s mostly your usual film about how great american values are.

  • April 11, 2020Reply

    film continuous propaganda, historical moments lie

  • Shady AApril 16, 2020Reply

    أن تمتلك رؤية تختلف عن العقل الجمعي وتسبح ضد التيار يتصدى توم هانكس للدفاع عن حياة أحد الجواسيس لسوفييت ليتضح في المستقبل صواب رؤيته وإمكانية الاستفادة منه لأهداف قومية بعيدة المدى، الفيلم يحكي قصة الحرب مع الهستيريا وثقافة القطيع.

  • dave vApril 22, 2020Reply

    Another successful film of Spielberg featuring outstanding performances from Hanks and Mark Rylance. A Cold War espionage story that will thrill all as Rylance is accused of being a Russian Spy and Hanks has to defend him. This is yet another Spielberg masterpiece with acting, writing, and directing all highlighted.

  • ROBERT L MMay 17, 2020Reply

    Tom Hanks turns in another sensational performance in the Steven Spielberg film of continuing to pursue Justice despite the circumstances. Hanks’s character faces extraordinary blockages to justice but perseveres anyways. It’s definitely a movie you could watch over and over despite the fact that you may know the outcome.

  • Cameron RMay 23, 2020Reply

    An amazing character based story. Very interesting plot with great performances from everyone involved.

  • Felipe PJune 3, 2020Reply

    ” Well, the boss isn’t always right. But, he’s always the boss.”

    What a troubled time it was the Cold War, I was alive at the time of its end and I remember what was like, a little bit. But, in the beginning, it must have been a crazy time. Spies, tensions, almost-wars, false accusations, unjustified incarcerations, torture, threats, and lots of bluffs.

    This is the kind of Hanks’ movie, just like it was made for him. He has all the acting skills for it. He transmits the tension needed and the calm required. And what a man was Mr. Donovan, restless and bold.

  • Rhett WJune 7, 2020Reply

    It sends an important message. It is a tad slow but the legal arguments of Hanks’ character are interesting, as are the negotiations to secure two Americans in exchange for a Russian spy.

  • Steve DJune 9, 2020Reply

    extremely entertaining, sometimes funny and powerful true story. The acting is also really good. I also appreciated the explanation of the spy gear.

  • Travis CJuly 14, 2020Reply

    Good cold war drama film. I’m familiar with this case. And its told well. Thanks to its director and it’s great actors.

  • Samuel LJuly 16, 2020Reply

    Bridge of Spies is an enjoyable, reasonably well paced film about the Cold War. The acting was strong (especially from Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance), the plot remained interesting throughout, the cinematography was decent, and the soundtrack was good. However, the visual effects weren’t the best but luckily there weren’t many CGI scenes. Bridge of Spies is worth a watch even if you aren’t particularly interested in history.

  • Nim TJuly 22, 2020Reply

    This film is full of history, and emotional events that captivated me to watch throughout. Tom Hanks’s portrayal was good with the right amount of expression and acting. While I know Mark Rylance won an Oscar for the role of Rudolf Abel, I believe there were better acts from that year as Sylvester Stallone showed a dynamic personalization in Creed. We need an actor or actress that can captivate us throughout a movie, whether it is main or supporting, and in this film, I can feel it for Hanks but not from Rylance.

  • Akshat MJuly 24, 2020Reply

    Based on a true story. Very interesting and memorable movie!

  • Ryan SSeptember 11, 2020Reply

    Superb film!

    I love ‘Bridge of Spies’. Every angle of it, at least from my point of view, is expertly crafted. The score by Thomas Newman is outstanding, the onscreen talent bring their a-game while the story is extremely riveting. It lasts for 141 minutes, it felt like 90 minutes tops; it absolutely flies through its run time, at no moment did I feel anything close to bored.

    Tom Hanks is brilliant in the lead role as Donovan, yet another great performance to add to his résumé. He rightly takes all the plaudits, but some must be left for Mark Rylance who is also brilliant as Abel. The support cast also more than pull their weight, too.

    Undeniably worth your time. Not sure how much of it is historically accurate (sounds like most is?), I honestly don’t really care as it’s a great film – which is what we are all here for after all.

  • AnonymousSeptember 19, 2020Reply

    A solid drama, but no real thrills to escalate it to anything more

  • Micah SOctober 6, 2020Reply

    A film that easily makes it’s way to the top tier of Spielberg’s filmography. The Coens screenplay, Spielberg’s direction and performances are marvelous.

  • Bo BNovember 22, 2020Reply

    Tom Hanks really is a phenomenal actor and associates with greats.

  • Josh SDecember 9, 2020Reply

    A bit slow but acting and directing is great. Great movie for anyone into political history.

  • Swanli SDecember 13, 2020Reply

    Great movie that i have watched in a while. Would love to watch it again

  • Steffan WDecember 27, 2020Reply

    Enjoyable spy thriller but a bit too much American exceptionalism for me

  • Paul GDecember 27, 2020Reply

    An interesting film and well directed, Tom Hanks does a great job as the negotiator. It is a slow burner which affects my rating but i did enjoy it.

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