Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Directed By Steven Spielberg
What has the director done before?
If you don’t know who Steven Spielberg is, I can only assume you have been living under a rock. Steven Spielberg is one of the most diverse directors of our time; it is no surprise that he has an estimated net worth of $3 billion. There isn’t a movie genre he can’t tackle except maybe romantic comedies or comedies.
Movies to watch: I recommend watching all of Steven Spielberg’s films if you can, my personal favourites include: The Colour Purple, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Schindler’s List, Minority Report, Hook and Empire of the Sun.
Who would win the Oscar?
Tom Hank’s character is supposed to be subdued and could be described as boring if played by a different actor, the character, doesn’t give much room for Tom Hanks to display a wide acting range. This is why Mark Rylance would win the Oscar for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel.
Mark Rylance is an unknown in the film world, but much respected in the theatre world having previously won two Olivier Awards for his performances in Much Ado about Nothing (1994) and Jerusalem (2010). Mark Rylance brings an interesting and weird subtlety to the role of Rudolf Abel, the Soviet KGB spy, even though he is supposed to be the enemy, Mark Rylance plays him with such innocence, an amazing feat that requires an Oscar.
How does this relate to the real world?
It is insightful to see the level of hysteria that existed during the period of the cold war. This can be compared to the fears that exist today around Isis and the threat of a possible terror attack, fears that are unfortunately very real.
What has changed now is that “spies” aren’t necessarily part of a huge government agency; they can be anyone with a computer. I am thinking of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Alexander litvinenko. The rise of technology means where living in a more connected world, which just makes it easier for any of us to be spied on.
Is there any real History behind this Film?
Yes, there is real history behind this film; both James B. Donovan and Rudolf Abel existed. Abel was arrested as a suspected spy on June 21, 1957 and James B. Donovan was selected to represent him. Obviously, there were some extra dramatic scenes added to the film to make it more interesting, after all it’s not the most enthralling of subject matters.
You can find out all the true facts on Hollywood vs. History .
Watch in the cinema or watch on DVD?
Bridge of Spies deserves to be watched in the cinema, as it requires your full attention, away from the distractions of the home, as there is a lot of dialogue to get through.