Bridge Of Spies (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks, Sebastian Koch, Steven Spielberg, Amy Ryan|
|Runtime||2 hours and 22 minutes|
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Tom Hanks stars in Bridge of Spies, the new thriller from director Steven Spielberg. Inspired by true events, Bridge of Spies is the remarkable story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American pilot. Bridge of Spies captures the essence of a man who risked everything, and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
M Recommended for mature audiences | 141 minutes
Cast and crew
- Tom Hanks
- Sebastian Koch
- Alan Alda
- Mark Rylance
- Amy Ryan
- Steven Spielberg
In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for. A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. Directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies” stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm.
- Product dimensions : 135 x 13 x 170 cm; 80 Grams
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 2 hours and 22 minutes
- Release date : 2 March 2016
- Actors : Sebastian Koch, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B01EDELW3W
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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This is not an espionage or action film nor is it a courtroom drama. If anything it's a portrayal of one man's moral and legal stance within a political human rights story set within the cold war as both a backdrop and an underlying cause.
Tom Hanks plays a cool and astute US insurance lawyer thrown into the deepend of defending the rights of a supposed artist accused of spying for the Russians.
The film's timeline omits the Court scenes altogether which is a shame as we are left wondering how this brilliant lawyer managed to get is accused client in jail with the prospect of the death penalty.
Instead we do see the twists and turns of the international Gov spy networks using Hanks for their singular purposes. But Hanks has grander negotiating ideas.
With an even paced film, feathers are hardly ruffled here. But, the many layers, twists and turns that seem to out do each manouver is well timed and holds that intrigue right to the last moment.
A quality period production set between 1957 and 1963 amidst the hottest period of the cold war. Furthermore, Speilberg's father seems to have played a part in the affair sowing the seed of a little known side of a big international story.
The plot is laid out well from the off; Mark Rylance presents a good performance. His guise is a complete masterpiece.
Tom Hanks gives one of his outstanding performances, continuing to reveal further traits and depths of character that had not been seen in earlier productions.
Alan Alda is less conspicuous but this may be due to the character being more subdued than the earlier vociferous ones we have seen him fulfill.
An important part of the film for us is that due to our age and understanding of the Cold War as we knew it, the unfolding plot, development of the story with its scenes so well constructed and presented, a completely new understanding of the tensions of that period was gained.
Tom Hanks' role was outstanding and showed the enormity of one man's task within a historic moment; Mark Rylance's role either became overshadowed by that of others, or I simply missed something? Husband would disagree with me here, as Rylance's character provided anticipation, thrill, tension and want to see again detail. Perhaps the actors present different aspects for different viewers.
Set in late 1950's--1960 New York, and East Berlin, the period scenes of main streets, cars, fashions etc, is excellently recreated, and makes the whole experience, a realistic and creepy reminder of those bad days. Great to have Tom Hanks back in something with grit again. P G Croft UK
To start with Tom Hanks character is hated because he wants to stand up for the constitutional rights of a man who is spying against his country. Then he is needed when one of Americas own spies is captured with some important secrets.
Overall what I took from the film was that whilst idealistic individuals can be good and help make a difference, countries as a whole do not care about little things like the individual, the enemy spy was expendable until he was needed to get their own spy back to protect their secrets.
The film is very easy to watch and looks great, Steven Spielberg has a great eye for shooting period films and not a single shot looks out of place to me. Tom Hanks is good in a role that really could have been a character called 'Tom Hanks' for it's all American goodness. Mark Rylance is very affecting as a supporting actor, giving a controlled and still performance, however whether it was worthy of the Oscar this year I am not sure, he seemed to me to be fairly peripheral overall, even if he was good with what he was given.
Overall I recommend this film as I did enjoy it, and felt that some of the topics it addressed and the questions broached were interesting and entertaining.