I may not act as excited as I used to but make no mistake, EVERY Steven Spielberg movie is an event for me. Considering that Spielberg is the very reason why I got into movies in the first place, everything the Beard has my utmost attention. I may not follow every detail of the film’s production like I did for movies like A.I., Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can during my Spielberg fanatic years but a Spielberg movie will always be one of my most anticipated movies of a given year. That’s why Bridge of Spies, his 29th theatrical feature, ranks number 4 on my list of my most anticipated movies of 2015. Starring Tom Hanks in his fourth collaboration with Spielberg (after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal), Bridge of Spies is a thriller about an American lawyer (played by Hanks) who gets thrust into the middle of the Cold War when he’s hired by the U.S. government to negotiate the release of a captured U-2 spy plane pilot from Soviet custody in East Berlin.
Above is the very, very impressive first trailer of the film. Yes, it’s prestige Spielberg, but it looks like the smart, heady kind (Munich, Lincoln), not the schmaltzy-saccharine kind (War Horse, The Terminal). An interesting fact to note: This is the first Spielberg film not to be scored by John Williams since The Color Purple in 1985. Thomas Newman filled in for Williams while the Spielberg regular recovered from a health issue.
Set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
Bridge of Spies also stars three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. Billy Magnussen, Eve Hewson, Domenick Lombardozzi, Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, Academy Award nominee James Caan and television legend Ed Asner appear in supporting roles.
BRIDGE OF SPIES opens nationwide on October 16, 2015.