Sunday, February 14, 2016
Bridge Of Spies by Steven Spielberg, 2015 (PG-13)
with Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen, Austin Stowell, Sebastian Koch
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.
Another Fascinating piece of history, and one of the first movie I see that showcase both sides of Berlin, portrays the issues the GDR encountered with its creation and its lack of recognition, and somehow the differentiation they needed to exist apart from the USSR. The topic is of course interesting in terms of justice, and the twisted turns of history that made this story so relevant. The movie is quite stylized, in a good way, but sometimes, Spielberg tends to add so much violin and emotional symbols it feels he is controlling the way we are supposed to feel. It is bothering.