The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
It’s post-WWII and in the middle of the Cold War. Super-smooth U.S. spy Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) begins with his mission to extract a German mechanic, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) out of East Berlin. The problem is Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) wants her too. While they manage to flee from the Soviet, Solo soon finds himself paired up with Kuryakin when their two governments decide to team up to prevent an international criminal organization from obtaining a nuclear bomb. They need Teller to find her German scientist father in Italy, who they believe is kidnapped by a wickedly, wealthy Italian shipping company heiress (Elizabeth Debicki) and being forced to complete building the bomb. Will the two be able to put aside their differences and prevent the destruction of the world?
There’s nothing wrong with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. but there’s also nothing all that special about the movie. The two spies have the standard mismatched buddy formula down, the spy story has the “twists” and “reveals” there too, but it’s all been done before (especially this year with the recent releases of Kingsman, Spy, and M:I5) Furthermore the movie doesn’t have any memorable action sequences, including the anticlimactic climax that seemingly ends twice before actually concluding. (And with that being said, the movie does feel too long, despite the nice sprinkling of dry-humor throughout.) Also what doesn’t help is the miscasting of Henry Cavill. He has the look down pat and delivers the lines smoothly, but he winds up being rather dull, failing to pop as the James Bond-type. It probably would have been better if Armie Hammer and him had switched roles, even though Hammer’s performance is one of the film’s highlights. Overall, if you’ve seen Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation already and want more, this will do the trick, but it’s definitely not a must-see.