Movie review: Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a visually pleasing film wrapped in suave espionage, and sleek action scenes. The film successfully recreated the feel and look of the early 1960s vibe. The intimate number of main characters led into achieving better character development as the film progressed.

Set 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 Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). 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 Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), 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.

Here are our thoughts on the film, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:

• The overall production design of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is impressively done with a probable in depth research of early 1960s. The location shoots in vintage hotels and streets, outfits and make-up, and props and texture of the film conveys a believable vintage feel to audiences.

• Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) were an excellent choice to top bill the film. What we like about Cavill's performance is that he differentiated Solo from his known role as Superman. We knew that he is the man of steel and yet he managed to recreate and brought another character to life with distinction from the former. Hammer's performance was sharp and he was able to deliver an expert Russian spy with a great pride in his skills in combat.

• The action scenes were impressively choreographed. We enjoyed the mano a mano fights and car chase scenes. The forceful punches and death defying stunts were highly commendable.

• The comedic relief of the film is brought by humorous situations and witty sarcasm rather than obvious slapstick. It is great to watch films that allows you to laugh even if no one in the scene is actually doing something terrible or crazy to induce laughter. A good example of this is the boat chase right after they tried to escape an enemy warehouse.

• Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki were both perfect for their roles. The distinct contrast in their characters were highlighted in each scenes. The chic and high-class snob appeal of  Victoria (Debicki) distinctly compliments the tomboyish and spontaneous attitude of  Gaby (Vikander).

• Though there have been scenes that are a little less interesting. We got bothered by the sudden split screens in the film that  is sometime confusing. But we find the yellow bold captions cool whenever the cast is conversing in another language.




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Hammer offers the volatile but conventional Russian’s point of view of his character: “Kuryakin is the ultimate soldier, always in line and giving his best. Then he’s thrust into a position that he hates and there’s nothing he can do about it. This guy he’s working with, this Napoleon Solo, he’s so unorthodox. He doesn’t follow the rules. He doesn’t even seem to know there are rules.”

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Our ratings: ★★★★★★★★

PG-13  |  116 min  |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  13 August 2015 (Philippines)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an action comedy spy film directed by Guy Ritchie and co-written by Lionel Wigram and Ritchie, based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name, which was created by Sam Rolfe. The film stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant.

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E” also stars Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), with Jared Harris (“Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows”), and Hugh Grant as Waverly.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, Aug. 13, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.



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