Bridge of Spies

Before the Irish band existed, U2 had a completely different meaning to the world.

At the beginning of the Cold War, Francis Gary Powers (played by Austin Stowell) was a pilot of the new reconnaissance U-2 plane that was shot down over the Soviet Union. He was captured, and interrogated by the KGB. Lesser known are two other men who played significant roles in what became one of the most critical negotiations during the Cold War. James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) was a successful insurance lawyer with an influential New York law firm, and Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) was a Russian artist suspected of espionage in the USA.

Like many episodes of the international spy game, much of this one was fought behind the closed doors of world politics. Academy-Award winning director Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List) brings us a screen version of this incredible story, offering us a view of how the power of negotiation helped to keep the world from going down the path of nuclear war.

Bridge of Spies‘ trailers do a disservice to this fascinating historical drama. In the attempt to portray this story as an action film, many may categorise it merely as another spy adventure. This would be unfortunate, because you could potentially miss out on a well-crafted and engaging depiction of world history.



Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.