MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television
series,“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is set against the backdrop
of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man
from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry
Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Forced
to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a
joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal
organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile
balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear
weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter
of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to
infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race
against time to find him and prevent a worldwide
Napoleon Solo, the
CIA's most effective agent.
Illya Kurakin: KGB,
the youngest member to join and pass in three years.
What a team and what a ride! This is a fun movie with a good
amount of action and thrills.
[to his driver] Are they still following us?... Is
there one of them?... Is he looking at us?... Does he have
just one hand on the steering wheel?... When you hear
something that sounds like a gunshot, drive.
good way to describe this film in one word would have to be
vintage . . . and classy, yeah vintage and classy, okay so
that's two words. Oh yeah, there's also the word espionage.
Yes this is 1960s style espionage at its best. You could
almost call it a period piece. One of the most special
aspects of this movie is the whole 1960s look and feel. From
the sets to the cars, the characters and their demeanor to
the wardrobe, you are transported to that time. Having the
story take place in Europe really accentuates all the 60s
details. Now keep in mind that this film is based on a TV
show of the same name that aired during the 60s. So you
might find it a little corny or silly like an original Get
Smart episode or an early James Bond film. However, if you
go into it prepared, you'll be just fine. The movie really
is quite entertaining.
For a special agent, you're
not having a very special day, are you?
Now when I
mentioned about them being a great team, well let's just say
that it was an arduous journey to get to the great team
status. Things don't automatically go their way in general,
plus they're dealing with the animosity between them. After
all, this is the 60s and it's a Russian agent working
together with a U.S. agent. Their relationship at best is
tense, and that's exactly what the story calls for. Both
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer did an excellent job with
their roles. Actually, hmmm, is this an unofficial Superman
vs. The Lone Ranger then? Henry was really good at being
debonair, confident, and talented. Armie nailed the old
mother Russia tough guy agent who would rather shoot first
and ask questions later. I was very impressed with his
accent in this role as well, quite convincing. Another
standout performance in this film was delivered by Alicia
Vikander. She did a good job of giving us a character that
is sexy and demure yet at the same time tough and feisty.
Another positive aspect of the film is its effective
cinematography. The various camera angles and filming
locations were well used. These positive aspects help us
overcome the very typical storyline. I mean it just doesn’t
faze me because the rest of the movie is so well done.
Director Guy Ritchie successfully honored this old TV show.
Directing a film of this nature is right up his alley and
you can tell that it is by viewing the end product. Again,
this is most probably not the best “spy movie” you’ve ever
seen, but it does fully accomplish what it was meant to
accomplish in a fun way.
By Cine Marcos
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