Movie Review: 'Bridge of Spies'

It should be a given that if Tom Hanks is in a movie, it's going to be good. And of course, practically any story that takes place during the Cold War is bound for its own measure of greatness as well. So, combine the two and you get something awesome!

This fantastic combination is called: Bridge of Spies.

For those of you not familiar with the movie, Bridge of Spies is about the true story of New York City lawyer, James Donovan, and his defense in U.S. court of Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel, and the subsequent exchange of Abel for Soviet-captured American pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

The film was broken down into two halves: the first half detailing Donovan's defense of Abel in U.S. court.

Here, we saw Donovan continuously cite the Constitution in his defense of Abel, which didn't sit too well with most Americans. The Constitution is specifically designed to counter emotional, mob rule with the rule of law and although Donovan's life was at risk, he continued defending Abel in court because he knew it was the right thing to do.

One particular scene I really enjoyed showed Donovan explaining what it means to be an American. He acknowledged his lineage was from Ireland, but what made him an American was his willingness to abide by the "rulebook," also known as the Constitution. He explained the Constitution is the only thing that separated Americans from the Soviets, so highlighting that difference was crucial to showing the world what makes America stand tall above the Soviet Union.

It was refreshing to see the Constitution portrayed in a positive light for once, and for the protagonist to be associated with it too.

Essentially, Donovan played by the "rulebook", and he's universally hated for it. Despite opposition, he managed to convince the court to sentence Abel to prison rather than the electric chair, which would come in handy later with the Soviets...

In the second half of the movie, Donovan was asked by the C.I.A. to negotiate a prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and America. This half took place in East Berlin for the most part and I thought the movie accurately portrayed the violence and panic between East and West Berlin at the time the Berlin Wall was being constructed. Bonus points for Spielberg being historically accurate in his movie!

I won't give away anything about the ending, but the second half of the movie was pretty tense. There were a lot of moving pieces in the secretive talks between enemies and the American takes it all on with determination!

All in all, "Bridge of Spies" had humor, intrigue and seemingly accurate portrayals of American and Soviet ways of life.

Personally, I never take historical movies at face value so I always go home and research the whole truth, because - let's be honest - Hollywood is going to be Hollywood. After having researched a little though, the movie seems to be pretty accurate and I recommend it.

Tom Hanks performed well (as per usual), the American protagonist was unconditionally the good guy, and the theme throughout the movie that "every person matters" is something we can all stand behind.

Well done Steven, well done.

Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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