George V. Reilly

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Title: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Released: 2015
Keywords: spy, period, action comedy
Watched: 2 May, 2016

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a moderately en­ter­tain­ing action comedy set in the cold war, pos­tu­lat­ing a somewhat unlikely alliance between CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Ilya Kuryakin, who team up to prevent a nuclear weapon falling into ex-Nazi hands. It’s also the wholly un­nec­es­sary remake of the classic 1960s TV show.

There’s decent chemistry between the three stars, Henry Cavill (Solo), Armie Hammer (Kuryakin), and Alicia Vikander (sci­en­tist’s daughter), and the glamorous early 1960s are lovingly recreated. The plot, alas, is uninspired and unoriginal and falls rather flat.

Watchable.

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