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Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies is the most unlikeliest of spy stories you’ll ever hear. Sorry, if you’re expecting action packed hand-to-hand combat like this one:

In fact, if you’ve watched Tom Hanks’s movies, can you really imagine him playing an ass kicking spy? Saving Private Ryan is his most violent film till date and even there he’s pretty much stuck to using a gun.

Bridge of Spies is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Scott Shepherd.

The Story of Spies

Bridge of Spies can be divided into two parts.

Part Two: The bridge of spies, the exchange of spies between two enemies, no, three enemies! The actual part where spies are exchanged.

Part One: The capture of an alleged Russian spy (well, he never did admit it, got to be accurate folks), Abel and his trial (more like persecution) in the US Justice System and the spy’s defence by the protagonist of the film, James B. Donovan.

But, wait einen Moment, or one moment. We are getting ahead of ourselves.

Turn back Time

Bridge of Spies turns back time to the 1960s where two countries (USA and Soviet Union) have nuclear weapons pointed at each other with their fingers on the trigger, or buttons actually. This is also the time where school students were told that hiding under tables during a nuclear explosion could save their lives. Duck and cover, although you’ll probably die in case of a nuclear explosion. Bridge of spies is not just a rich Cold War history film, but a cultural one too. The paranoia, the Communist fear, the intelligence game – it’s all there. Only the wise ones haven’t let go of the paranoia yet, like me.

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Me with my trusty umbrella that protects me against NASA’s satellites.. or is it NSA’s?

The movie also takes you to Germany back then and I love the depiction of the Berlin Wall. For those who don’t know, when Nazi Germany fell, Berlin was divided up into two basic parts, one half went to the Soviets, the other to the USA and her allies. But, guess what? Living in East Germany, under commie shitheads was a terrible life, so they began escaping to West Berlin. So, the Soviets, in their greatest wisdom thought that hey instead of giving East Germans a better life, we’ll build a wall to stop them from going to the West.

Spies games are Confusing

In another life, I could have been a spy.

Bridge of Spies clearly tells me that’s a bad idea. The confusion level of being a spy is ++–+1.

B. Dobberman goes to Germany to orchestrate an exchange of spies, a Soviet spy for an American spy. However… he is not going as a representative of USA, he’s going there as a private citizen. He’s supposed to meet an East German lawyer, except instead he meets the KGB head of East Germany. Oh, but wait, there really is an East German lawyer that’s waiting for him and he meets him too. Plus, there’s this other thing, and this other other thing. Not to mention another thing. You get the idea. Complicated.

It’s a freaking cat and mouse game. It’s intense. So typical of spies, they can’t speak in clear English. And Bridge of Spies captures it so well.

Bridge of lies showcases the first spy exchange, which became the one of many, on a bridge that would see more spies.

Pacing

Are you, dear reader, a fan of spy movies or not? Actually, I don’t know. How can you expect me to know. I am not part of the CIA or NSA, I don’t spy on you… or am I? …I could be a sleeper agent. Either ways, you should freaking know, you know. I know I love spy movies, but do you?

But, whether you are a spy movie fan or not, history buff or not, you will love Bridge of Spies. Why?

Pacing.

Who do we have to thank for that? Steven Spielberg, Coen Brothers and Matt Charman (script writers).

The pacing is brilliant. Neither is it fast, neither is it slow. It’s perfect, it is from the master – Steven Seagal

And now, Would it help? Would it help if I worry if you watch this movie?

Honestly, I don’t know. I would like you to watch it. Bridge of Spies is an artistic masterpiece which portrays the intricacies of diplomacy, spy work, and yhea, filmmaking.

Would it help?

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