Presented by James M. Tate / 10/19/2015 / No comments / 2015 , cold war , fifties-era , spy , steven spielberg , tom hanks
SPIELBERG DIRECTS HANKS IN BRIDGE OF SPIES
|year: 2015 director: Steven Spielberg Writers: Matt Charman, Joel and Ethan Coen Starring: Tom Hanks|
|Hanks in the rain|
If it's said that BRIDGE OF SPIES is a slow and/or boring motion picture, well, there is one scene in a fast moving car, and Spielberg gets his war-action on when a spy plane is shot down with a last-minute parachute... And that pilot (plus an added young man, not very fleshed-out but representing "the future" educational system) is a possible trade-off for Hanks' Russian client, originally sentenced in what plays out like a dressed-up Kangaroo court, becoming a sort of older, wise mentor while sharing a Ben Kingsley/Liam Neeson SCHINDER'S LIST style chemistry with Hanks: needing few spoken words to genuinely bond.
Eventually, when our hero goes from America to the divided Germany, there's never a feeling of serious, impending danger. But his determined discomfort is palpable enough to drive the story of an otherwise common man hired for the last thing he wanted to be part of, and, thinking on his toes, makes for an interesting "character" in a nicely flowing Cold War flick that's perfectly lukewarm... feeling like it intentionally settles for pretty good instead of Oscar-bait greatness, and in that, succeeds.