Film 13th Feb: Bridge of Spies

When: Monday 13th February, doors open 17;45, film commences 18:00 end 20:15

Where: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

What: Bridge of Spies

U3A Membership Card for entrance (free) – NO booking required

It is 1957, Tom Hanks plays Jim Donovan, an insurance lawyer called by his government to defend a man named Rudolph Abel, played superbly by Mark Rylance. He was captured for the crime of espionage against the United States on behalf of the USSR. The man is honourable, and it seems does not give away any secrets. Donovan is asked to be Abel’s defence attorney by his boss, played by Alan Alda. What the government wants is a semblance of a judicial process that defends anyone. Donovan, however, is not just anyone, and he goes to the wall to defend his client. The only issue the Judge in this case listens to is that Abel would be a good body to exchange if that need ever came.
As this film proceeds, we see that Donovan does not dance to anyone else’s tune, he is honourable as is his client, and when the time comes when an exchange may be needed, he is the man. This is an uplifting film needed at this time in our country’s history. Tom Hanks is as always a superb actor and brings life to James Donovan. However, it is Mark Rylance who plays Rudolph Abel that brings this film to the fore. An honourable spy seems like an oxymoron, particularly in light of the manner in which an exchange is processed. Such a film should be seen by all.
Philip James, on 30 Nov. 2015