Movie Plot – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin took part in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization dedicated to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
An American and a Russian
Guy Ritchie brings The Man From U.N.C.L.E. back to the screen. It is based on the spy series of the same name from the sixties. That’s right, it’s a movie based on a tv-show.
An action-comedy situated in the Cold War, American C.I.A. agent Napoleon Solo joins forces with his Russian counterpart of the K.G.B., Illya Kuryakin. At the time, a rather unusual starting point since the United States and the Soviet Union were not exactly the best buddies. So it’s not surprising that the two protagonists are still enemies at the beginning of the film. During an action-packed opening scene on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Solo and the attractive car mechanic Gaby manage to escape from his Russian attacker.
Since the daughter of a missing nuclear scientist is the only clue to a potentially world-threatening conspiracy, the secret services decide to temporarily join forces and put their two best agents on the case together.
With the widely measured character differences between the two main characters, it soon becomes clear that there will be no smooth cooperation. Fortunately, the strength of the film lies to a large extent in the mutual teasing between Cavill and Hammer. Both actors were great, and their rivalry of national pride was very amusing. I was also a fan of Henry Cavill. This man is funnier than I thought, and that mixed with his charm. Just perfection.
A fun spy movie
As far as the film’s atmosphere and decoration are concerned, it’s nice to see that Ritchie draws a lot of inspiration from the Bond films. The locations in sunny Rome are beautiful and look fresh, as are the eye-catching costumes of Cavill. What should certainly not go unnoticed is the deliciously exhilarating jazzy soundtrack by Daniel Pemberton.
With all those elegant furnishings and swinging tones, Ritchie succeeds quite well in diverting attention from the obviously weaker spot. The plot that the two agents are trying to unravel remains very superficial and not particularly strong. Thanks to the well-balanced dosage of action and humor, culminating in a chaotic nocturnal chase, that’s not a problem at first. After all, how many Bond films ended up revolving around a half-hearted plot around some kind of nuclear weapon? Unfortunately, the last part felt weaker than the rest of the film. However, I watch this film more for its interactions between the two main characters.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a great fun watch where the rivalry between Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer is the main attraction.