Review: The MAN from U.N.C.L.E

The MAN from U.N.C.L.E

The MAN from U.N.C.L.E

Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure
Duration: 116 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 28-AUG-2015

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin
participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Overall Review:
Placed on the backdrop of the cold war in 60’s, director Guy Ritchie (of Sherlock Holmes / Lock Stock and Smoking Barrels fame) delivers this fun spy action comedy with quick, clever storytelling that entertains well, to the best of its ability. What sets this movie apart from other recent spy thrillers is it staying set in the
60s time period along with stylish & vivid look not being modernized. The movie kicks-off with crisp and clever sequence chase scene that works as great beginning of  movie. Real strength of the movie is the comedic element. Cuts and split screens play a part in helping to tell multiple points of view at the same time which seamlessly advances the story. Movie is filled with action sequences that, again, pay homage to the cinema of that time. Guy Ritchie succeeds in creating a balanced movie; Good mix of Action and Humour.

Performance & Technical Review:
Guy Ritchie’s direction is assured and far more clever and entertaining. The central characters of the latest Ritchie production are CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). The Mantra: ‘Everything that is old is new again’ as believed by director, has provided something new within a retro-style packaging. As a director, he has succeeded in getting strong performances out of Cavill and Hammer. Their relationship takes time to build, but in the end it does deliver. Alicia Vikander (of Ex-Machina fame) acts as a true adhesive that brings two agents bonded. She delivers the sensuality and the spark throughout the movie. The production values (the sets, costumes and props) and atmospheric music (beautifully composed by Daniel Pemberton) adds the value of perfection.

PDF Verdict:
Napolean Solo (Henry C) asks the villain at the end: “How’s THAT for entertainment?”; My verdict: Movie is delicious slice of 60’s and enjoyable action-comedy. To learn what the acronym U.N.C.L.E. stands for, make sure to watch the stylish end credits. A surprise ending leaves room for a Part 2.

Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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