[Movie Review] The Man from U.N.C.L.E

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If you’re going to be an International spy then you may as well be a charming, sexy well -dressed classy spy. Napoleon Solo is just the right blend of this. 

Director Guy Ritchie ( Snatch) is back in the hot seat with this years spy block buster release The Man From U.N.C.L.E starring Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant and Armie Hammer.

Based on the popular TV show that aired in the 60s , The Man From UNCLE is a high octane spy film that is glossy, shiny and has that blockbuster sheen. Having made his name with a unique directorial style with Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking barrels in this film don’t expect to see the  trademark Guy Ritchie style.

The movie is set in 1963 and white collar criminal – turned US super spy Napoleon Solo( Henry Cavill) has been sent to East Berlin to rescue auto mechanic Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) whose father just happens to be an Ex- Nazi bomb builder that has mysteriously disappeared. In his attempt to get her out of East Berlin he is interrupted by Russian spy Illya Kuryakin  (Armie Hammer) who just happens to have the same mission. A car chase through the streets of Berlin ensues with the two narrowly escaping over the wall.

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Creating the operative U.N.C.L.E ( United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) in order to rescue the girl and save the world the two are forced to unite and work together. They must thwart the attempts of the Italian criminal organization led by Victoria Vinciguerr ( Elizabeth Debicki)  behind the plot for nuclear domination.

Posing as a couple Gaby and Illya manage to get close enough to get her on the Island where the bomb is being stored in an attempt to stop it being finished before it gets into the wrong hands. Things don’t quite go to plan thrusting the team into a race against time to prevent imminent disaster.

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The movie is sleek, sexy and fast paced with just the right amount of humor. Right from the opening car chase to the ending the action scenes are high octane and thrilling. As the charismatic spy Solo, Cavill pulls off an American accent and charm with precision. Hammer’s Russian accent a little less believable but still acceptable. The costuming is sleek and sophisticated adding to the blockbuster feel of the movie. Whilst Ritchie has dropped all of the traits that made him famous as a director the movie is still very nicely shot and visually pleasant to watch.  George Clooney was originally rumored to play Napoleon Solo, however genetically perfect Henry Cavill is the best choice for the role. Hugh Grant makes a brief appearance as a British Agent adding a little star power to the film.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is an enjoyable spy movie that has the feel of some of the classic old spy movies and is certainly entertaining to say the least. Leaving the ending open for possible sequels the movie might just be the next big spy franchise to hit our screens.

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