BRIDGE OF SPIES

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Jonathan Richards)

In this nom­i­nee for the Best Pic­ture Academy Award, Steven Spiel­berg res­ur­rects the fas­ci­nat­ing tale of the Cold War pris­oner ex­change of Soviet spy Ru­dolf Abel and Fran­cis Gary Pow­ers, the U-2 pi­lot shot down over the Soviet Union. The story cen­ters on James B. Dono­van (Tom Hanks), a Brook­lyn in­sur­ance lawyer and for­mer Nurem­berg pros­e­cu­tor who is drafted to rep­re­sent Abel and up­hold the im­age of the Amer­i­can jus­tice sys­tem. As he works with Abel (Mark Ry­lance, nom­i­nated for a Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Os­car), a bond of ad­mi­ra­tion forms be­tween the two. The first half of the movie hums along nicely, de­spite an oc­ca­sional Spiel­ber­gian weak­ness for movie cliché. The se­cond half, which sets Dono­van to work ar­rang­ing the swap, has too many threads to fol­low and loses fo­cus. Both Hanks and Ry­lance are ter­rific. Rated PG-13. 141 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas.

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