Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Releases August 14th 2015
1 hr 56 mins
Rated PG-13


Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram

Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo
Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin
Alicia Vikander as Gaby Teller
Elizabeth Debicki as Victoria Vinciguerra
Jared Harris as Saunders
Hugh Grant as Alexander Waverly
Luca Calvani as Alexander
Simona Caparrini as Contessa

Review by Stephen M.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. based on the TV series in the 1960s of the same name shows us style over substance can still make for an entertaining film.  Set during John F. Kennedy's administration where tension between the U.S. and Russia are at a high point.  Danger to both super powers creates an unlikely pairing to save the world brings us action and humor all while stylishly dressed.

Henry Cavill plays Napoleon Solo, the CIA operative forced to work with Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin, the KGB operative when a scientist goes missing and is forced to work for a mysterious group building them a portable nuclear bomb.  Of the two, I enjoyed Henry's performance more as Arnie's felt a bit more forced.  I did enjoy his scenes with Alicia Vikander who plays Gabby Teller, daughter of the missing scientist.  The particular scene I enjoyed the most is the drunken dancing scene in which Alicia really shines.

The biggest problem I had with the movie is the overall concept and execution of the film.  At no point in the movie did I feel an overwhelming sense of dread for the make believe world of The Man from U.N.C.L.E..  Nor do the villains of the movie give out a particular sense of dread or doom. With Guy Ritchie's style of action shots, I cannot say I am a particular fan at least in this film.  I really don't see the point of six panels of non-meaningful shots of agents running around all in the same screen.

Overall, I would recommend the film for a fun action packed summer flick.  The film could have been polished a bit more and further developed in certain areas to make the story and characters more meaningful.  I felt I was watching a mixture of spy/cop movies like Red Heat mixed with any of the pre-Daniel Craig James Bond films.  Did you enjoy the film?


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