When I first heard the title “Bridge of Spies,” I was confused. How can spies be involved in a bridge or was it a metaphor for something more profound. When I watched the movie, it was both.
Steven Speilberg is one of my favourite directors, and I must admit that he makes each film as if it’s his last. When I think what else can he offer, he brings out something brilliant yet again.
Bridge of Spies is a historical drama in the era of the cold war about the prisoner swap of Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) A KGB spy serving a life sentence in America, and Francis Gary Powers who was captured by Russia when his U-2 plane was shot down in a surveillance mission. The prisoner swap was negotiated by James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) who also defended Rudolf Abel in his trial.
James and Rudolf have a friendship like none other, Rudolf understands the integrity and persistence of James to save his life and he calls him “Stoichi muzik” which means standing man.
Bridge of spies puts light on significant parts of history such as the cold war, the partition of Germany and the Berlin wall. The most exciting part of the film is the convincing negotiations carried out by Tom Hanks; his logics were remarkably irrefutable. Mark Rylance gave a performance of his career by playing a poised old man who loves to paint, which also won him his first oscar. If you want to witness cinematic brilliance and learn a thing or two about diplomacy, Bridge of spies is the film for you.
A special mention to a repeated dialogue where James is in awe of Rudolf’s nonchalance by asking him, “Do you ever worry?” to which Rudolf answers, “Would it help?”