The Typewriter Reviews The Man from U.N.C.L.E.



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Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tells the rivalry between spies from the U.S., Napoleon Solo, and the U.S.S.R., Illya Kuryakin. This movie is based on the 1960s American television series of the same name. Set in 1960s Europe just after the rise of the Berlin Wall, the two opposites are brought together to defeat an evil couple that wants to destroy the world. (Warning: spoilers ahead!)

The opening scene shows Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) navigating through the dark streets of East Berlin to come across Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), an auto mechanic whose father was thought to have worked for Hitler. However, he defected as the Second World War ended to the Americans’ side. It is revealed soon after the opening scene that the respective American and Russian spies were ordered to kill each other. Thus Gaby’s life is put in danger and complies successfully with Solo’s orders.

It is believed that Gaby’s uncle Rudi works for the Vinciguerras, a pair of Nazi sympathizers who intend to use Gaby’s father to make a nuclear missile. When news of this hits the CIA and the KGB, they both tell their spies to team up to stop their evil deed. In order to get to her father, Kuryakin (Arnie Hammer) pretends to be an architect engaged to Gaby while Solo disguises himself as an antique dealer specializing in Greek and Roman art: an homage to his early days of thieving.


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