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Bridge of Spies (2015) Movie Reviews

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07/10/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Bridge Of Spies" by Yojimbo

A lawyer is drafted in by the C.I.A. to negotiate a prisoner exchange between America and Russia during the height of The Cold War.

Bridge Of Spies is another worthy tale concerning an individual making a difference in the world from Steven Spielberg. It is typically very technically accomplished, has a splendid eye for period detail and Tom Hanks puts in another strong performance in his usual "everyman with courage and integrity" persona. Mark Rylance's understated supporting turn as the exposed Russian agent also has a quiet dignity and Spielberg takes great pains to avoid the demonisation of this "enemy". It's more Catch Me If You Can than Schindler's List however, as it's a little too slick and comfortable to ever get you onto the edge of your seat; the result is like a more polis...

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Evan Wheatley
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10/21/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Breathes new life into historical films

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.

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Pat
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05/29/2016 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Speilberg makes another great film

A cold war political thriller directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks. Who would not sign up for that? Bridge of Spies stars Tom Hanks and he plays an insurance lawyer. Tom Hanks has this monologue at the beginning when he breaks a case down against someone else you're like "yeah alright I'm on your side. I would have been just on the fact that you're Tom Hanks."

To make a long story short, the cold war takes place in 1960s and we find a Russian spy. Tom Hanks is the one who ultimately takes the case and has to defend this guy that is a small issue section of the movie was going to be the whole movie is not because the Russians find one of our spies ultimately the guy who defended this Russian spies Tom Hanks used to organize and orchestrate the swap of our spy for th...

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cinegeek.de
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03/07/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Avantgarde

Wir sehen ein Mann im Spiegel, vor ihm ein gemaltes Selbst-Portrait. Der Mann wurde von hinten erschossen, während er malte. Im Grunde funktioniert Spielbergs Film genauso. Realität, Spiegelung, Abbildung. Spielberg versucht wahre Begebenheiten des kalten Krieges zu spiegeln, tut dies aber filmisch so überhöht, dass Bride Of Spies den Charakter eines Gemäldes bekommt. Ein Mann, gefangen in etwas, das grösser ist als er selbst - ein typisches Spielberg Thema. Dieser Mann heisst Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks), ein Anwalt. Dann tritt auf Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance), ein Spion gegen die Interessen der USA und für die UDSSR. Donovan soll Abel vor Gericht vertreten. Die Überzeugung von Donovans Boss (Alan Alda) ist simpel: Hauptsache, es wirkt wie ein richtiger Prozess. Donovan aber ist kein Handlange...

 

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02/03/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Hanks and Spielberg. An unrivaled pair.

"I am Irish, you are German. But what makes us Americans? Just one thing, The rulebook. We call it the Constitution and agree to the rules, and that's what makes us American."

Spielberg returns to the history of war long after "War Horse", a story of a stallion with a Lassie attitude during WWI, but not with heroic images of the battlefield as in "Saving Private Ryan". "Bridge of Spies" takes place during the Cold War. A period during which espionage was commonplace and super powers completely distrusted each other. As a result a whole arsenal of nuclear missiles were aiming at the main cities in both continents. Spies infiltrated into society and gave the authorities and agencies all sorts of secret information. And those spies just look like we...

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02/02/2016 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The Cold War Heats Up

There is no doubt that The Cold War created some of the most tense moments in modern history. Steven Spielberg takes one of these moments and gives us a close look inside, especially in the men involved. Tom Hanks makes an excellent choice as the lead, insurance lawyer James B. Donovan, who finds himself defending a potential Russian spy and then in the middle of a prisoner exchange with big stakes on both sides.

Now, you should know that Bridge of Spies is more of a historical drama than anything else. There are a lot of long talks, a lot of tense moments and plenty of exposition to go along with it. That's not to say the movie isn't exciting - it's just more the thrill of the impact of words and ideals - not explosions and bullets. Hanks does an excellent job of portraying Donovan as...

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Matthew Brady
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11/15/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Bridge of Spies - Movie Review

James Donovan: "Aren't you worried?"

Rudolf Abel: "Would it help?"

Bridge of Spies takes place during the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

So I finally just watch Bridge of Spies and it was pretty damn good. Steven Spielberg once again made a great movie, and just like I said about Ridley Scott about how great it is that we still can go to the cinema today and see a new movie directed by an icon.

Steven Spielberg is the type of director you never know what you're going to get and I'm talking about the type of film making he uses. Spielberg will always make a well directed movie even when some of ...

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11/13/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Another Welcomed Spielberg/Hanks Pairing

'Bridge of Spies' is another wartime period piece based on true events from Spielberg. However, this time the actual war takes to the background. The entire plot is focused on the secret trading of captive spies between opposing nations. The reality of the repercussions caused by this deal going south is felt at all times. Subtle tension is sustained throughout this almost completely dialogue driven film. Credit goes out to Spielberg's masterful direction, always keeping us engrossed in what is essentially a slow 'talkie'. Hanks and his supporting cast also do tremendous work. I liked earlier scenes much more for their questions on morals. The talks between Hank's lawyer character and the accused Soviet spy he defends bring up many great points on how such individuals should be ha...

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Logan Bangerter
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11/12/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A very intense thriller

Steven Spielberg returns to the screens in a thriller starring Tom Hanks. The movie is about his character acting as a negotiator between America and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Tom Hanks gives a performance that we just want to root for the entire movie, because he's such a great actor. Besides that, there is a lot of talking in this movie. It's similar to Lincoln in that sense, another Spielberg film. However, like Lincoln, the pacing of the movie is solid, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the screenwriting is great, as it provides some of those great intense parts, and it's funny as well. Some of the movie can seem pretty long, especially the dragged out ending, and without John Williams, the music doesn't leave much of an impact. But the directing is superb ...

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