Nominated for Best Picture, Bridge of Spies tells the mostly-true story of James Donovan, an insurance lawyer who finds himself thrust into the middle of dangerous Cold War spy negotiations in the late 1950s. Donovan is pressed to defend accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). After Abel is found guilty, Donovan is asked to negotiate a deal to exchange Abel for downed American U2 pilot Frances Gary Powers.
This is a taut political thriller, and will keep you interested, even if you already know how it ends (or, ahem, if you google it while you’re watching…). Hanks is his usual heroic character, but the true gem is definitely Rylance, who steals every scene he’s in.
Submitted by staff: LMB