BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015) Review
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Though the direction of the first half of the film felt uninspired, Bridge of Spies still offers fine storytelling from Steven Spielberg. The film is entertaining from the start, with humor and sophisticated dialogues building its story bigger than its characters, and ends in a surprising thought-provoking and heartfelt turn. Tom Hanks doesn’t disappoint as he’s not new to this kind of character, his past portrayals only makes him more effective as James Donovan. The story offers much more than espionage, patriotism and clever writing, its deeply satisfying ending makes one take another look at how one sees people.
The film at times feel it lacks tension but there is more to it than just having strong sequences. How the film builds its story may took long but it’s deeply fulfilling as it ends. Having these actors might made Spielberg’s job easier, as it’s not Tom Hanks that made a mark in this film, it’s Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel. There’s this mysterious aura around him that captures perfectly the character he’s portraying, giving more than what you would expect.
Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“Bridge of Spies” opens October 14 in Philippine cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.