By Debbie Elicksen.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) is a delightful take on the 1960 spy thriller Television show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. It’s a James Bond-type of show that will make you want a sequel.
Partially subtitled in a 1960s-like text, Director Guy Ritchie (who also wrote the screenplay with Lionel Wigram) does a good job of keeping the movie somewhat true to the television series. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavil) finds himself forced to team up with his adversary KGB operative Ilya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to protect a woman, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), whose father has been working with a criminal organization to help them create a nuclear bomb. Their mission is to find a way to stop the bomb from being activated.
While I can’t help but think Henry Cavil’s voice sounds like Rod Serling, I love the fact that the head of the criminal organization is a woman (Elizabeth Debicki). The setting takes place in post-war Germany, where Russia, the United States, and Nazi sympathizers collide. There is great chemistry between Cavil and Hammer, although it wouldn’t really qualify as Oscar material. I give this flick two stars out of five.
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