Bridge of Spies is based on a true story that happened at the height of The Cold War, when the Berlin Wall was first being built and everyone was still recovering from the conflict ions of World War II they are so desperate to leave behind. America and the Soviet Union, which lawyer Jim Donovan just wants to call Russia, are still sending planes to each other. There were several spies on both sides, like the Rosenbaums who I already knew of when they were referenced in The Bell Jar. They were forced to cling to an electric fence. Now Donovan, despite being an insurance lawyer, has to attorn for one of these seemingly Russian spies, Rudolph Abel. The thing is, everyone wants Abel executed and when Donovan sees differently, things become a little chaotic all around him.
Like Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies is a fine little treat with Hanks as the best part and while not worth watching more than once, has some intriguing subjects about real life. For instance, when Abel tells Donovan certain information and some outside people say they need to know, the movie brilliantly refrains and gives an enjoyable "Screw You". While it's never made absolutely clear if Rudolph Abel exactly did what he was accused of because of an earlier scene that suggests a setup, the movie has enough to I think get most viewers to forget about that. It's far from the most exciting movie out there, but when you watch it, you certainly feel like you're living in the 50's and living in the wrong place. It's sort of like The Man from U.N.C.L.E without its obnoxious humour and false endings. There's still some nice room for a few laughs, especially this awkward scene near the end where Donovan relays a message via a random German student and the expressions on their faces for that scene are both perfect. And the conflict about gambling with lives kept me interested till the end.
Not to mention the final closing caption is one of the most interesting and captivating in a biography film.