The Gist: After doing his civic duty representing an alleged Soviet spy during his trial, a lawyer is tasked by the US government with secretly setting up a prisoner exchange with the USSR: their convicted spy for an American pilot captured by the Russians.
Expertly directed by Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies showcases the always great Tom Hanks and relative newcomer Mark Rylance, who surprised the audience at this year's Oscar ceremony when he won Best Supporting Actor over favorite Sylvester Stallone. It was certainly well deserved, regardless of Stallone's performance.
The story is engaging and captivating on its own, but knowing it is based on actual events makes it that much more essential viewing.
The Bottom Line: Spielberg's latest foray in wartime related storytelling is a fascinating tale of intrigue, moral imperatives, and spy games that won't fail to entertain you.