Bridge Of Spies (12A)
by Steven Spielberg
From 27th November 2015
This is a Cold War thriller set in the 1950s but, as with a lot of Hollywood
films, it is not political enough. Some might describe it as comic book
Another outstanding aspect is the sterling performance of Mark Rylance,
who plays the part of Rudolf Abel, a captured Russian Soviet agent., incarcerated
in an American prison.
He is better known for his work on the British stage than for his onscreen
roles. The stillness he imbues in the character is exemplary.
James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is his defence lawyer. In the second part of
the film Donovan spends time in Berlin attempting to negotiate an exchange
with the Soviets - Abel for downed U2 surveillance pilot Gary Powers,
who was brought down over Russia.
The scenes in Berlin are very barren. You can almost feel the chill of
the freezing snowy weather of the city. Very dark in image and psychology.
It is it galling though to see director Steven Speilberg's image of American
as being dappled with sunlight while Berlin is very grey and inhumane.
Despite its good points it is nevertheless another Stars and Stripes
flag-waver movie from hollow wood (sorry about the pun!).
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