Welcome to the world of dominating dark colors, perfectly tailored suites, agents and spies. The recent Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies starring brilliant Tom Hanks takes us back to 1950s, the time when the Cold War was taking its turn and horrifying both parts of the world. Children learn at school the types of nuclear bombs, the power of explosion and watch devastating effects of nuclear weapons video materials any scary movie cannot compete with.
When the FBI arrests Rudolf Abel, a Soviet agent living in New York, convincing him in sending coded messages back to Russia, proved and documented. Next challenge is to find who is going to protect Rudolf and represent him in court. In the existing circumstances the government authorities approach James Donovan (Tom Hanks), an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn to show the society that they can provide a defense. Donovan, who found respect in the legal community for his negotiation skills, is new to this kind of defense and understands that protecting Soviet spy would put in danger his life and his family. Eventually, Donovan agrees to represent Abel in the court based on the principle that everyone deserves a defense and every person matters.
The movie so clearly reflects how lonely but strong is Donovan in the case when even his wife and children can not understand why he is so dedicated to the case of protecting Soviet spy. James Donovan does his best when trying to prevent Abel from receiving the death penalty and take the case to the Supreme Court. While the legal partners express the statement that Donavan’s work is done and he does not need to make extra efforts as everything is clear with Abel’s fate, James’s skills in courtroom continue to impress. At the same time an American U-2 spy plane is shot down over Soviet airspace on a mission taking photos of strategic Soviet locations. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, who is supposed to poison himself to death when caught by Soviets, is convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in Russia.
The CIA, impressed by Donovan’s negotiation skills, decides to send him to arrange and negotiate a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. In Berlin, Donavan dives into the set of events when the Berlin Wall is constructed to reflect different governments. I think only the real story can be that complicated, Donavan finds out that an American student named Frederic Pryor has been arrested in East Berlin while trying to return to his home in the West. While the CIA is interested only in the pilot exchange, Donavan decides to negotiate for the release of both, the pilot and the student; because he understands that there may be will never be better time to do it. How smart and strong the person has to be to do the exchange at Glienicke Bridge, Donavan who does not speak nor German neither Russian was able to do unbelievable. He was robbed on the streets, cold and lost but with the belief that every person matters.
The movie Bridge of Spies is now playing in theatres. Enjoy every single moment of the film and breathtaking Tom Hanks play. The movie scenes are so meticulously shot with all stars cast. It is time to see heroes not in colorful outfit but in perfectly fit lawyers’ business suits.