Movie Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E

uncleSet 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 Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin.  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 catastrophe. 

Source: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is my kind of action movie.

It takes typical spy movie cliches and laughs at them. A good example is even right in the above summary -there is no solo agent commandeering the show, rather the two agents are forced to work together. As a result, the overall tone of the movie is lighthearted, even humourous at times, never taking itself too seriously. I had a smile on my face for most of the movie.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. refrains from using the grandiose, over the top, ultra dramatic scenes that fill most action movies, yet still remains an action packed film with enough tension and suspense to keep you engaged till the very end. The plot is surprisingly plausible, and includes just the right amount of historical detail and flair.

The film begins in bleak restrictive Germany and then moves to fashion conscious Italy with all glitz and glamour of upper class society and classic architecture. Even the music fits the era and the movie doubles as a period drama, making the most of its setting.

Character wise, I loved the friendship (bromance?) between Solo and Kuryakin. They represent the two extremes of the spy world – Solo is the suave and unemotional American, while Kuryakin is the athletic and impulsive Russian. Though neither will admit it, they make a great team.  While I didn’t care so much for Gaby, she too subverted stereotypes; it was nice to see a strong female character who wasn’t simply the sexual interest.

The ending was left open for a sequel, and I really hope there is one cause it’s sure to be awesome!


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