“Bridge of Spies” is the latest movie to star Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks. He stars as James Donovan — a man who gets tasked by the CIA with saving a Russian spy’s life during the Cold War in 1957. Mark Rylance plays the Russian — Rudolf Abel — who understands the charges against him, but seems so unaffected one may consider him stoic.
The movie requires Donovan to travel overseas to bargain with the Russians, but understands he is to do so as a citizen and not as a representative of the United States. Although many people want “the Russian” to be hanged for what he’s done, Donovan understands the Constitution provides a guideline for how to proceed in Abel’s case.
As usual, Hanks delivers a stellar performance portraying Donovan in such a way that the viewer feels every bit of what he’s feeling, and they understand what he’s thinking — and why — with absolutely no words necessary.
Rylance’s portrayal of Rudolf Abel is excellent because he embodies a man who knows his fate and has accepted it.
Of course, this movie is made better under the direction of Steven Spielberg whose previous productions such as “Schindler’s List”, “Saving Private Ryan” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” have all proven to be classics.
The extra care of showing detail in scenes such as being on a bus with people who may not like you or a plane being shot down — and the thinking and emotion that come from those experiences — make “Bridge of Spies” a movie that is not to be missed.
“Bridge of Spies” is rated PG-13.