Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
Bridge of Spies is the true story of U.S Lawyer James Donovan and his involvement with the prisoner exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. An intriguing look at the beginning of the cold war and the politics at hand.
Spielberg takes us through the story at a nice even pace with some pauses along the way to ponder how much things have changed and how much they remain the same. If history can tell us anything, our western way of life, with all it's flaws, sure as hell beats what the East or Middle East have to offer.
One thing I noticed and enjoyed in this film, was the set and location design. There was so much attention to detail, I felt totally immersed and transported back to late 1950's America and East Germany.
There are some good speeches by Tom Hanks that remind us why our way of life seems to prevail when most others fail, and this little story back in 1957 is a great example of why.
Having only experienced the end of the cold war myself, this film was a refreshing insight at how people thought during it's height. Well worth the history lesson. ROB