Screen Gems review: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
August 14, 2015
"The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
Studio: Warner Bros.
Rated PG-13for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity
In the 1960s, the United States and Soviet Union weren`t exactly on the best of terms. But at the height of the Cold War, the two sides come together to try and save the world.
Based on a 60s TV series in which the stars worked for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement,"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." features Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) as secret agents with very different ways of doing their jobs. But, they team up on a joint mission to stop a rogue organization from obtaining nuclear weapons.
However, their relationship gets off to a rocky start, with Illya trying to do Solo in. That's probably not the best way to begin a brand new partnership.
Eventually the unlikely allies get on the same page. However, even when they`re working together things don`t always go smoothly. Solo`s efforts to open a bank vault seem to be proeceeding pretty well until an alarm goes off, leaving Illya very unimpressed. It's those moments which threaten the mission. But as they get deeper into the job, both men start to develop a healthy respect for the other.
On its surface, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." looks like a throwback to 1960s classic spy thrillers. But it's really not. It's a modern, romanticized take on the era. Sure, the movie feels groovy, but in an artificial way.