The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and more.

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Trailer

2015 has been an interesting year when it comes to spy and classic gangster movies, it seems. With movies like Kingsman, Spy, and Mission Impossible and upcoming movies like Black Mass, Legend, and the next installment of James Bond. A recent one has now hit movie theaters near you and it is the re-make of a classic spy TV show in the form of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. This film seems to be hit and miss when it comes to generating hype but in my opinion it is an underrated movie and we’ll get to that a little bit later.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the story of two rival spies who are joined together to complete a secret mission that would save the world from nuclear turmoil. The combined spies are Napoleon Solo of the U.S.A.’s CIA (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin of the KGB (Armie Hammer). The two begin as rivals on opposing missions and soon are joined by the command of the higher ups for a mission that requires both agencies talents. This mission is to stop Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), a very powerful and wealthy woman who eliminates everything and everyone in her way in order to obtain nuclear weapons. In order to stop Victoria, Napoleon and Illya go on a series of covert missions with the help of an associate, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) and make their attempt to save the world as spies always try to do.


U.N.C.L.E. impressed me with its ode to the classic spy works of entertainment. It did not over do it with action like some present day spy movies try to do. It was filled with witty jokes, classic espionage spy operations, and old school plot lines and plot twists. It was a respectable re-make and it was refreshing to see a film that reminded me of the old school Bond films that did not over do it with comedy or action. Armie’s Russian accent is comical and the constant back and forth contests between the two leaves the audience wanting more as their chemistry is clearly evident. Enjoyable, refreshing, and relaxed, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a ride for movie lovers that want a film different than the present day style of action/comedy movies we have been constantly fed lately.


One word: Refreshing
Rating: 3/5
A classic spy film at its present day best.



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