By James Armstrong
Cougar News Blog
One lawyer, two American POWs, and one Russian POW; both countries want their men back, but will the bridge collapse?
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, released Oct. 21, is set in 1957’s Cold war, and is a historical thriller following Tom Hanks as the lawyer James B. Donovan on his mission to free recently imprisoned U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Prior to this incident, the U.S had captured a Soviet spy who was spared the death sentence due to James Donovan, who was able to convince the court of his usefulness in a hostage trade. Due to this previous incident, the U.S plans to trade their spy for the U-2 pilot. Then things start to get complicated.
Tom Hanks doesn’t let the audience down in his newest role, his acting is on par with his role in both Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, which are both also historical movies. I personally feel that Tom Hanks excels in historical movies. Another part of the movie that increased my enjoyment of it was that it is mostly accurate the the actual event that happened.
The movie is rated PG-13 since there isn’t many adult themes in the movie. It most likely isn’t meant for the average teen due to the fact that it has little to no action. Unless you are into historical films or actionless thrillers you most likely will not enjoy this movie to the fullest.
I would give this movie a 4 bridges out of 5. The historical events and the acting puts this movie on top of most movies of similar design. I don’t feel that it deserves much higher of a score since I personally am not drawn to the legal part of the movie. As I said before I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good historical movie or a legal thriller.