“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Movie Review

KATIE PICKRELL

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” may not have been the best spy movie of all time, but it was undeniably good and probably the best in recent years.

In a post World War II environment, Russia and the United States are obviously not on the friendliest terms. The film, which is based off the TV series “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” that aired from 1964 until 1968, opens up as CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is searching for an ex-Nazi scientist who is believed to have dangerous knowledge of nuclear weapons.

As part of his search, he visits the scientist’s daughter, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander). During his visit, he abruptly gives her the rundown of how the night is about to carry itself out. He will take her over the wall out of East Berlin and in return she will help him find her father.

Things don’t go too smoothly as a Russian KGB agent, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), is assigned to ensure the mission does not go as planned.

Eventually, the American and the Russian find themselves working together (at least to the best of their abilities). If there’s one thing the two agents hate more than each other, it’s the idea of power being shifted anywhere else– especially to the Nazis.

Their goal is now to ensure that no one else besides themselves will have the ability to create nuclear weapons. Their main threat, Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), is quickly working to make sure she controls the dangerous technology both governmental organizations are after.

The immense differences between the two lead male characters makes their partnership almost inspiring. Despite how independent the men are, they both swallow their pride to get the job done.

Cavill and Hammer both played their parts in just the right way so that the characters fell together like pieces of a puzzle. The ability Hammer had to show off his stern personality while revealing all of his soft spots, especially when it comes to his “fiancee,” was one of the best parts of the film.  

Guy Ritchie (known for films such as Sherlock Holmes) always has a lot of flair in the visuals of the movies he directs. “U.N.C.L.E.” was no exception. The 60s pop culture shown throughout the film gave it a really old feel that made the plot more believable.

The vintageness of the film combined with its modern impressiveness made “U.N.C.L.E.” a contender for one of the better films of the summer, even with the stiff competition. All in all, the movie is deserving of four out of five stars.

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