Bridge Of Spies
Allow the Cold War to invade your living rooms with this true spy thriller, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, and written in party by the Coen Brothers. This nominee for Best Picture this year, is one of the cinema highlights of 2015.
This story is about a Brooklyn insurance lawyer who by luck of the draw becomes the defense attorney for a Soviet spy - a case that goes all the way to the Supreme Court - and that leads to him becoming the lead negotiator with the Soviets and East Germans in a prisoner exchange for the famous American pilot Gary Powers, who'd been shot down in a spy plane over the Soviet Union.
Hanks is his usual engaging self and the supporting actors really shine here. There is even a brief appearance by Alan Alda, who admittedly is showing his age these days but still can hold his own on the big screen.
The highlight of this film though is the setting. As a society, we've forgotten how on edge the world was during the Cold War. For instance, this film shows us what it was like to see the Berlin War going up, and at a time when everyone seems to be wanting to build a wall, it is a visual reminder of what walls really mean.
There is a real moral message here, made by Hanks' character, about losing our core values which makes us who we are. Some of the issues in this movie are still being debated today and there is a current issues thread to this story that makes it timely.
I don't think this movie will win the Best Picture Oscar trophy later this month but if it did, it would be a worthy winner. I've heard others talk about how much they enjoyed this movie, and now having watched it, I totally concur. It is available for rental now. On the rating scale, this is an easy 5 by 5.