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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

116 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: Warner Bros Pictures/ Davis Entertainment

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 8-14-2015

During the early 1960s Cold War, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is ordered to team with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to stop a criminal organization from selling nuclear technology.  They use Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) to get an in with the Italian company which is the front of the criminal organization as her father is a kidnapped German scientist and her uncle also works for the company.

 

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is a stylish movie adaptation of the 1960s TV series with wonderful direction from Guy Ritchie and a likeable cast (The banter between the cast is fantastic).  The movie is a mix of 1960s James Bond films and other spy thrillers of the era with the guy Ritchie spin.  If you’re a fan of Guy Ritchie films and the two recent SHERLOCK HOLMES films, you will be entertained by this movie.  It does sail on the style, the cast, and the humor as the movie does have a thin plot.  The direction is smooth even though Ritchie does coast on previous storytelling choices like the split screen scene montages and the “explain what was really going on” sequences seen in the SHERLOCK HOLMES films.   I do hope there is a sequel to this movie and Warner Bros sees value in building this series as a viable franchise since the movie took a long time to make as stars (George Clooney, Tom Cruise) and directors (Steven Soderbergh) had to drop out.   IF you don’t see this one in theaters, pleas give THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. a cvhance on DVD or blu-ray.

 

This review is 8-16-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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