Review: Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies

Thriller Bridge of Spies is a perfectly directed Steven Spielberg movie that brings back the good old bad days of Cold War. It is a great fictions movie with a storyline taken from the historical record, but equipped with nice dusting to those and a bit of sweetening too.

Bridge of Spies opens the story in 1957, the time when Cold War was atomically hot. It offers up a world of shadows and centers on a 1962 spy swap that involves a Soviet mole, Rudolf Abel; an American U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, which was shot down by the Soviets.

Similar to Munich, Lincoln and other movies of Spielberg, the Bridge of Spies too is a meticulously detailed period piece and it revisits the anxieties of the past.

However, Bridge of Spies seems lighter than those movies. It is less weighted down by accreted history, but the movie maintains stirring speeches along with swells of important music. There is laughter too.

In the movie the dark side has not been brutally embraced as Spielberg did in Kubrick. It opens up in an unlikely spy den, which is a location of shabby studio in a Brooklyn tenement.

The opening is quiet with no music and very less dialogue. It suggests Cold War has its own twin in the war on terror with the prisoner abuse scenes, the arguments about justice and the cameras telegraphing emergence of surveillance state.

The movie is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned).

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