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.


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