During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
Spoiler Free! I'll be back on here soon with my spoiler riddled (N-Depth) post where I will discuss the movie in depth.
My older brother and I had the pleasure of seeing this movie last night. It was one of the top movies I have ever seen. Trust Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to know how to tell a story! And to learn that most of the story is true? Ah, it's a good day to live in reality.
The cinematography was beautiful, with several very impressive scene transitions. Some very clear contrasts were shown in the story using scene placement. Oh, and one very impressive bit of foreshadowing. I was delighted!
However, the thing that impressed me the most about this movie, was how they told the truth from every angle. Not all of the Americans were not shown as being angels, they were correctly portrayed as human beings. Humans with prejudices, and sometimes, a lack of integrity.
At the same time, Communism was not portrayed as being beautiful, as is often the propagated message given to us by our modern world. No, Communism was shown to be just as ugly and cruel as it truly was.
But above all, this movie was about people. James Donovan was an amazing man who valued human life. He was a man of integrity, who strove to do the right thing. His strength of character and desire for justice is the strongest feature of this movie.
I wish all of America would go see this movie. During one scene, I heard one of the clearest definitions of what makes America special that I have ever heard. This movie did such a magnificent job of clearly defining truths, showing human beings realistically, and above all, placing a value on life and integrity.
I highly recommend this movie as an inspiring and educational story.