Saturday, February 13, 2016

Movie Review: ****^Bridge of Spies (2015)

Tom Hanks is at his best in this movie as he portrays a lawyer, James Donovan, who is called upon to represent a Russian spy, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) and as such gets tangled in the spying game as he takes the assignment to go to East Germany and arrange a transfer of the Russian spy for a U.S. U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), who was shot down over Russia.   This is an intriguing movie, and very entertainment.  It is also very historical as the Berlin Wall goes up at the time during the timing of these events, which puts an American student also in the mix of those for whom Donovan is also negotiating release.  The student was on the wrong side of the wall when the door was closed.  Alan Alda has a cameo part.  Steven Spielberg directs.  This is a good movie based on some history which is mostly forgotten.

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