Man From U.N.C.L.E. review

The 2015 summer was that of many exciting, and exhilarating Hollywood blockbusters that cracked box office records and drained our wallets. However, The Man from U.N.C.L.E missed the summer deadline, as it bared a remarkably similar format to its predecessors.

Set during the cold war rivalry between America and the Soviet Union, a criminal organization with nuclear technology surfaces with a plot to spark a global crises that is of interest to both governments. American spy Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is forced to team up with Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to bring down Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) and Alexander Vinciguerra (Luca Calvani), the head of the villainous organization.

The Vinciguerras must use the help of former Nazi scientist Udo Teller (Christian Berkel) to build their private nuclear warhead. Napoleon and Illya form an alliance with a mysterious East Germanic mechanic who is the daughter of Udo, in the hopes that she can help them find and eliminate the Vinciguerras and their attempts to become leaders of the free world.

Although this was a 1960’s television show reboot, this stylish movie was able maintain the crucial elements to the show (for example the cheesy names), while creating a modern James Bond-esque spy thriller meeting the modern viewers standards.

The movie has constant action with slick cinematography without relying on CGI. The camera work can be compared to a Quentin Tarantino like style without the gratuitous gore and adult themes.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has a playful score with homages to the original theme song played over action scenes that absorbed you into the plot. In one scene Napoleon and Illya were both chasing Alexander across country over rough terrain, which was not only interesting to watch but featured many amazing stunts. However, some of scenes had unnecessary dialogue, lasted longer than needed and was occasionally redundant.

Anyone looking for a fun, up beat, action packed spy thriller will find it in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

by Will Aldana and Cal Curran

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