We’re about a month away from the release of Bridge of Spies, the Cold War drama-thriller starring Tom Hanks as the real-life insurance lawyer who defended a suspected Communist spy, directed by some guy named Steven Spielberg. From the first frame of the first trailer, the entire production looked like Oscar bait, though done with Spielberg’s inarguable technical mastery and a cast, which also includes Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan, that could make cheesy dialogue sound borderline riveting.
There’s a similar feeling to be felt in the two new trailers released for the film, which feature more footage of Hanks and Rylance’s discussions of their defense, as well as some more of the American backlash against Rylance’s Commie even getting an attorney. The whole thing smacks of political melodrama without the inventive style to match the complex politics, but with a script by the Coen brothers, Bridge of Spies nevertheless holds a certain curiosity as to what a meeting between the most hopeful director and the most cynical penmen of the screen exactly looks like.
Here’s the two new trailers for Bridge of Spies:
Here’s the official synopsis for Bridge of Spies:
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” is the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn insurance claims 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.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Mikhail Gorevoy and Will Rogers. “Bridge of Spies” is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen.