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

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

Saving the world never goes out of style.Aug. 13, 2015 USA116 Min.PG-13
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Director

Guy Ritchie
Director

Cast

Henry Cavill isNapoleon Solo
Napoleon Solo
Armie Hammer isIllya Kuryakin
Illya Kuryakin
Alicia Vikander isGaby Teller
Gaby Teller
Elizabeth Debicki isVictoria Vinciguerra
Victoria Vinciguerra
Luca Calvani isAlexander
Alexander
Sylvester Groth isUncle Rudi
Uncle Rudi
Hugh Grant isWaverly
Waverly

Synopsis

At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.

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Original titleThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.
IMDb Rating7.3 203,326 votes
TMDb Rating7.1 1991 votes

(383) comments

  • BigGuyAugust 11, 2015Reply

    Combination of Action and Banter

    I just saw a sneak preview of this movie and I have to say I thoroughly
    enjoyed it. I will have to preface this review by saying that I have
    not seen the original show, so I can’t say whether this paid
    appropriate homage to the original, or if it is a bastardization.

    The opening sequence chase scene featured heavily in the previews, but
    surprisingly the trailer did not ruin the scene. It actually came
    across even more crisp and clever in the theater and was a great
    beginning for the movie. It perfectly sets the tone of the two spy
    characters and establishes their respectful rivalry.

    The movie isn’t wall-to-wall action, but there are enough action scenes
    to keep the pace lively. There is also a second chase scene towards the
    end of the movie that is perhaps even better than the opening scene’s
    chase.

    I think the real strength of the movie is the comedic element. The
    banter is quite snappy and a few of the lines I couldn’t hear because
    of the laughter filling the theater. In particular Henry Cavill
    delivered as the slick cool spy Solo.

    Armie Hammer also delivered as the Russian counterpart, Illya. In many
    ways he plays the straight man to Cavill’s comedian, which is actually
    the harder part to play. It was also apparently the harder part to
    direct and/or film since a few of his scenes came across as a bit
    clichéd.

    The third part of the group is Gaby, played by Alicia Vikander. The
    part she played is the most uneven of the group. To an extent it seemed
    like they couldn’t quite figure out her role, so she ended up being a
    bit of a third wheel. That being said, she didn’t detract from the
    movie, and serves as another foil for the two main characters.

    As long as I’m mentioning actors/actresses, I have to say that Hugh
    Grant did a superb job in a relatively minor role. Also Elizabeth
    Debicki did an excellent job as the female villain.

    Since this is a period piece, I think it’s important to point out that
    they went through a lot of effort to get things right. Fortunately for
    me, they did such a good job that it, that it didn’t feel like I was
    being beaten over the head with the 60’s. There were a number of iconic
    outfits, but overall it was subtle enough that I wasn’t jarred out of
    the movie, which says a lot about the great job they did.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and would recommend it for
    anyone who enjoys spy movies, or action/comedies. Also, if you’ve seen
    the trailer and thought it showed promise, then you should definitely
    see the movie, because the trailer doesn’t show all (or even most) of
    the good parts, but gives a good sampling.

  • Chalice_Of_EvilAugust 12, 2015Reply

    Man of Cool…

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  • Bryan KlugerAugust 12, 2015Reply

    ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is Enjoyable Fun on many levels.

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  • griffolyon12August 13, 2015Reply

    An Enjoyable Spy Thriller, but Nothing Groundbreaking

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  • Mek TorresAugust 13, 2015Reply

    Excess of Style and Smugness

    Style over substance can definitely still be appreciated by the appeal
    of its own craftsmanship, but maybe putting that aim out of hand could
    bring a quite different result, and that is basically the case of The
    Man from U.N.C.L.E. This is meant to be a throwback to the old school
    spy movies where it’s all about the hero’s swagger, campy villains and
    some cool, slick sets all around. But the movie lacks the fun or at
    least the energy of this campiness and even the coherence of the plot
    at some points. There is a lot to admire through the surfaces of this
    film, but everything else is sort of too smug to enjoy.

    The plot isn’t really that complex, it’s the typical saving the world
    by thwarting an evil plan type of mission. However the movie has a lot
    of stylistic gimmicks like juxtapositions and slick camera work, which
    takes this narrative to a different spin. As silly as some of these
    details can be, the movie doesn’t really take the advantage of having
    fun with this absurdity. It’s more fond at being cool than anything
    else. While it is effective through that ambition, it is frustratingly
    devoid from any serious tension. Even at some crucial moments, it
    rather feels uneventful, in spite of seeing how the scene was build up.
    It is so smug, we even see the protagonist eating a sandwich while his
    partner is having a dangerous boat chase. That scene is impressive by
    its tone and cinematography, but then it seems to solely exist to show
    off how cool this guy and the movie are.

    And that is what it often feels like in this movie; visually, it’s
    undeniably stunning, probably some of the best looking imagery you’d
    see in a blockbuster, but you don’t always find any purpose or
    connection through a particular moment, because sometimes there isn’t
    much to merit other than its own swagger. Though the characters do have
    their worthy moments, like whenever Solo and Illya are trying to show
    off which of their country’s agency have better gadgets and technology.
    Their spark should have given more of these comedic moments maybe
    little more.

    The acting is much of the same as the visuals; Henry Cavill is perfect
    as the spy of the film’s era, though this character is rather dated in
    our time where we root better for relatable heroes, but his wittiness
    should have given a real sense of humor; the Chianti scene doesn’t
    count since the movie is having a profoundly whimsical moment right
    there; but really, that would have made this character work, at least
    in our sensibility today. Instead, Armie Hammer gets the jokes; his
    character has a temper and pathos that often become a punchline or
    treated with petty suspense; otherwise, it’s just a blatant stereotype,
    like many of the characters here.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is remarkable in its style, it fabulously
    captures the groove of its setting. But again, it’s also too smug
    because of it. There is so little reason why the movie has to have this
    straight face since the story doesn’t offer much subtlety or the
    characters aren’t given any deeper personalities. It’s definitely meant
    to be adventurous and campy fun, but it’s too narcissistic apply those
    and even make the plot easy to follow. Therefore, it’s just swagger and
    fancy suits around these glossy action.

  • swooding-77836August 13, 2015Reply

    I loved it!

    This is the first review I’ve ever done on a film on here, so here
    goes. Got to attend a screening of the film and went in, eyes wide
    open, not having been ruined by the original series. I knew the TV
    series existed, obviously, cos I’m of a certain age, and knew who
    played the original characters. Anyhoo, enough blather. Guy Ritchie
    returns with another awesome film. It’s cheeky, it’s action-y, it’s
    sexy. Mr Cavill was born to wear close fitting outfits, Ms Vikander
    rocks the 60’s look and Mr Hammer isn’t horrible to look at either. All
    of the characters played really well with each other. This film hasn’t
    yet hit general release and it’s already in my list of ”to buy” films!
    Furthermore, as my significant other wasn’t available to attend with
    me, I have to go again to watch it! Such a drag, NOT!

  • Rinaldi GulinaoAugust 13, 2015Reply

    The Man from UNCLE is a spy comedy that Hammers out a Cavill-cade of Hugh-gely satisfying laughs

    When I first saw the previews for Guy Ritche’s latest film, ”The Man
    from UNCLE” – a remake of the series of the same name – I decided to
    approach it fresh. So I avoided watching any of the adventures of
    Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo and David McCallum’s Ilya Kuryakin.

    I mean, to do otherwise just would not be fair, since my exposure to
    the original is limited to pop culture references. Why catch up to a
    show from decades ago only to rip apart the new one? Why give myself
    false nostalgia?

    That said, I cannot tell you whether this is a faithful recreation of
    the original, a tasteful homage, or perhaps a complete bastardization.

    However, I can say that, as a Guy Ritchie action-comedy, it works. The
    jabs at fictional representations of espionage are delivered with near
    perfect timing. Even the languishing takes meant to ridicule the
    tropes, stereotypes and clichés we have all come to see in every action
    spy thriller do not feel drawn out. All of Ritchie’s trademarks are
    also there, from the diagetic sound that shifts to almost non-diagetic
    levels as the on screen action becomes a musical montage – a music
    video if you will – right down to the ubiquitous tongue in cheek,
    deadpan humour.

    While I am sure the more eagle-eyed of viewers could play a game of
    ”spot the anachronism” (that tube frame 4×4 in the previews, for
    instance), I would actually fault this movie as being too period. They
    seem to have cherry picked all the things people imagine as from the
    era. The result is that the clothes are just too chic, the set pieces
    too on the nose.

    Then again, I guess that is the point: You are meant to fall in love
    with the aesthetics of that period as interpreted by Oliver Scholl’s
    production design, and as captured by John Mathieson’s cinematography.
    The fashion, the accessories… even the cars. Especially the cars! How
    could any depiction of the glamour of the sixties be complete without
    one Jaguar E Type? Also, watch out for the cameo of a $38 million
    Ferrari.

    Even with the attention to detail ”Mad Men” put into shattering any
    preconceived notions of the so-called swinging sixties, as well as
    CNN’s ”The Sixties” television documentary series’ unflinching look at
    the social turmoil of those times, somehow I still wish I could have
    lived back then.

    Or at least escape into the movie universe they have created.

    Because in our world where terrorist groups are committing heinous acts
    of barbarity that would put any of UNCLE’s supervillain enemies to
    shame, where spy thrillers like ”Homeland” had to up the ante because
    reality is scarier than the fictional world they have created, where
    the James Bond 007 franchise lost its playfulness long ago and just
    keeps getting grittier and grittier, and where Donald Trump is the most
    popular US republican presidential aspirant, the Cold War and its
    Mutually Assured Destruction definitely seem worth pining for. I mean
    what is the mere threat of a few megatons of thermonuclear annihilation
    compared to the Donald?

    The movie is cast satisfyingly well enough, with Armie Hammer’s Ilya
    Kuryakin projecting a cold lethality that may have been a bit much.
    Luckily, this is a bickering buddy movie, where Henry Cavill’s Napoleon
    Solo balances things out with borderline insufferable calm smoothness.
    For something with a bunch of Brits speaking in American accents, I am
    a bit surprised they toned down Gaby Teller’s accent whenever the
    character speaks English – I’m sure the Swedish Alicia Vikander could
    lay an affectation of an East Berliner real thick.

    In all, ”The Man from UNCLE” is an enjoyable comedy and an escapist
    fare which just happens to be seemingly set in our past. I even rank it
    as a solid tale of espionage, with the end reminding me of Roger Moore
    as Bond, yelling to General Gogol, ”That’s détente comrade. I don’t
    have it. You don’t have it.”

  • 3xHCCHAugust 13, 2015Reply

    Slick and Stylish, But …

    2015 has been a great year for espionage films. From the beginning of
    the year, there was ”Kingsmen: Secret Service”. Just this past summer,
    there was ”Spy” followed by ”Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation.” All of
    these were very successful, both commercially and critically. And now,
    another spy film is gunning to join that illustrious list.

    ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was originally a TV series from the mid-1960s
    developed by Sam Rolfe. It starred Robert Vaughn (as American agent
    Napoleon Solo) and David McCallum (as Russian agent Illya Kuryakin).
    U.N.C.L.E. was an acronym for the United Network Command for Law and
    Enforcement, a secret international counter-espionage organization,
    aiming to maintain worldwide political and legal order. This series
    lasted for four years from 1964 to 68, becoming a cultural icon of
    sorts at that time with its audacious theme of US-Russian cooperation
    at the height of the Cold War.

    This reboot of ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” for the modern generation
    retained the Cold War setting. American agent Napoleon Solo and Russian
    agent Illya Kuryakin are forced to work together to prevent the
    nefarious plans of glamorous but ruthless arms dealer Victoria
    Vinciguerra. They connect with Gaby Teller, the daughter of a kidnapped
    German nuclear scientist, as a means of getting closer on Victoria’s
    tail. But it would appear that Gaby also is not all she seemed to be,
    or is she?

    Henry Cavill carries the film as Napoleon Solo. With his elegant
    chiseled looks, Cavill credibly portrayed the cool and capable spy
    Solo, as much as he was able to credibly portray Superman last year. He
    also succeeded in pulling off the smart-alecky personality of Solo, a
    man with a bristling sense of humor — something we would not have
    expected from his deadly serious Superman performance. Henry Cavill was
    suave personified here. Considering George Clooney and Tom Cruise were
    the first choices for the role of Solo, I’d say Cavill did not do badly
    at all in this lead role.

    Armie Hammer is quite a handsome actor himself, but he could not really
    lift his career off the ground after his breakthrough role as the
    Winklevoss twins in ”The Social Network.” Forgettable films like
    ”Mirror Mirror” and worse ”The Lone Ranger” did not do his career any
    favors. Here in U.N.C.L.E., Hammer was able to hold his own against the
    charismatic Cavill in the charm and action fronts. However, since he is
    basically the straight man here, he often found himself behind Cavill’s
    shadow.

    I have been looking forward for the next big project of Swedish actress
    Alicia Vikander since I first saw her in ”A Royal Affair” three years
    ago. Her Hollywood career is picking up with her turn as the enigmatic
    automaton Ava in the acclaimed ”Ex-Machina” released just earlier this
    year. Now with her role as the mysterious Gaby Teller, she finally gets
    her biggest break. It is just too bad that she did not get as many
    slambang action scenes like that other Swedish babe, Rebecca Ferguson,
    did in ”M:I Rogue Nation.”

    Elizabeth Debicki makes a good impression as the main villain Victoria,
    with her towering beehive, striking haute couture and naked ambition.
    Luca Calvani also registered well on screen as Victoria’s husband, the
    debonair playboy Alexander. It was also great to see Hugh Grant again,
    playing British agent Waverley. I am thinking that if a franchise was
    ever made out of this film, we would see more of Grant since this
    character Waverly was the officer in charge of Solo and Kuryakin in the
    TV series.

    Compared to ”Kingsman”, the technical hardware we see in ”U.N.C.L.E.”
    would be described as less spectacular. Compared to ”Spy”, the wit we
    see in ”U.N.C.L.E.” would be described as less riotous. Compared to
    ”M:I Rogue Nation”, the stunts we see in ”U.N.C.L.E.” would be
    described as less breathtaking. However judged on its own, this film
    version of ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” as directed and co-written by Guy
    Ritchie is not at all bad. The 60s-inspired production design, hair and
    costumes were so fab. (Those huge yellow subtitles can be distracting
    and hard to read though.) Despite having tentative pacing in some
    scenes, it was still fun and entertaining to watch overall.

    But do I dare say it, after Superhero fatigue, could it be that there
    may also be Spy fatigue setting in? 7/10.

  • jdesandoAugust 13, 2015Reply

    It makes me cry ”Uncle.”

    ”Not very good at this whole subtlety thing, are you?” Napoleon Solo
    (to Kuryakin)

    The buddy adventure, so masterfully done in Butch Cassidy and the
    Sundance Kid, is not so successful in director Guy Ritchie’s The Man
    from U.N.C.L.E. Although the director watched Butch for inspiration, he
    needed more than script—he needed the actors to carry off the witty
    sarcasm of Robert Vaughan and David McCallum from the original ’60’s TV
    series. The subtlety mentioned in the above quote is almost completely
    absent.

    The Man is the origin story for the TV program. Unfortunately Henry
    Cavill as Napoleon Solo is no Vaughan—he preens more like Superman on a
    fashion runway and labors to toss off lines like Sean Connery, or even
    Roger Moore, did in the Bond series. No better is Armie Hammer as Ilya
    Kuryakin, a boyishly handsome actor who seems to force out his Russian
    accent and acerbic comments. That Cavill comes from playing Superman
    and Hammer from The Lone Ranger may explain their wooden portrayals
    here. Besides, neither one was first choice for his role here, and it
    shows.

    The plot is familiar to anyone in our culture who has seen a fantasy
    thriller involving spies and megalomaniacs—in this case the boys need
    to capture a nuclear bomb from the hands of some bad international
    maniacs. Yet, the film relies not so much on an intricate plot as it
    does the give and take among the characters. While there are some solid
    exchanges, most of the time it all is lame. OK, I’m crying UNCLE!

  • BRaguntonAugust 13, 2015Reply

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – A Delicious Slice of 60’s Pastiche Pie

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  • Nick WeningerAugust 13, 2015Reply

    An enjoyable movie to watch but not without its faults

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. brings a not so serious spy movie to the table
    in a form that is enjoyable to watch. Taking place in the 1960’s at the
    height of the Cold War, this movie does a great job of not only showing
    that tension, but also the rivalry that the two super powers had for
    one another. This rivalry and tension is showed through the two main
    characters Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie
    Hammer). The American spy Napoleon is this arrogant, suave, cocky smart
    aleck and most stereotypes that a typical American would have while the
    Russian spy fills the stereotype as a temperamental strong Russian man.
    These two do not like one another and are constantly trying to outdo
    one another and the result makes for an enjoying dynamic to watch. They
    are accompanied by the beautiful and the talented Alicia Vikander who
    is coming off an amazing performance in Ex Machina. Having said this,
    this movie is not without its flaws. With any Cold War period piece,
    you can almost always assume that there is a nuclear bomb involved and
    this of course was the case. This has been played out time and time
    again in spy movies and it just gets repetitive. For me, the biggest
    flaws for this movie have to be the weak plot and a weak villain.
    Comparing to other recent spy movies like Kingsman, Spy, and the new
    Mission Impossible, this movie just wasn’t up to their standards of
    special effects and spectacle. Like I said though, this was a fun movie
    to watch and it was not without its enjoyable moments.

    Average Man Score: 6/10

  • Russ Matthews (russellingreviews)August 13, 2015Reply

    Not Bourne, not Bond, but a new code name. Rather a good one

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Not Bourne, not Bond, but a new code name.
    Rather a good one – 3.75 stars

    Does anyone remember The Man from U.N.C.L.E. television show?

    Walking into the cinema… Skepticism abounds with this film. Less than
    reliable lead actors, a story based on an ambiguous television series,
    and those accents, but it has Guy Ritchie at the helm. This could lead
    to another level of skepticism, but I am willing to go into the
    screening with a low level of optimism. Oh, Mr. Ritchie do not let this
    optimism, albeit small, be misplaced!

    Overall Rating: 3.75 stars Cinematic value: 4 stars Big questions
    value: 2.5 stars

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement)
    is most likely not a television show that people will remember from
    their childhood or have even experienced in reruns. Besides taking the
    title and the basic concept of the show, this espionage excursion does
    provide a fresh take on the spy game. Placed on the backdrop of the
    cold war and the 1960’s, director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes)
    incorporates a style of film making that is less Bourne and more
    retro-Bond. Well-dressed, clichéd agents with well-timed dialogue that
    takes front stage over action. Not that there is not action, but the
    action that is provided is more stylised and methodical. The central
    characters of the latest Ritchie production are CIA agent Napoleon Solo
    (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Two
    agents who must put aside their national loyalties to work together to
    bring down a criminal organisation that is profiting from the
    burgeoning nuclear weapons market. Adding a link between these two
    agents is the sensual and fiery Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), who
    provides the means of finding the well-connected arms dealers. This
    origins-type spy story has a different pacing, action and spirit that
    counteracts the current tradition in foreign agent adventures.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. does force a shift in cinematic expectations.
    Ritchie seems to take on the mantra, ‘Everything that is old is new
    again’ by providing something new within a retro-style packaging. Fans
    of this director will see his fingerprints all over the film, while
    being conscious of fresh techniques in his direction. He utilises some
    of his trademarks to provide his touches to lighting, well-timed
    dialogue and subtle sexuality that complements the action. One pleasant
    surprise is his ability to get strong performances out of Cavill and
    Hammer. The nature of the story develops around their bizarre
    partnership and their reliance on each other’s special agent skills,
    which also seems to be the case with the actor’s performances, too. On
    their own, these actors are one dimensional and potentially boring, but
    together they present a uniformity that is quite enjoyable to watch on
    the big screen. Their relationship takes time to build, but in the end
    it does deliver. The true adhesive that brings these two agents
    together and provides the elemental connection for their performances
    is Alicia Vikander (Ex-machina). An up and coming force in Hollywood,
    she delivers the sensuality and feminine spark that perfectly
    complements this combative bunch of agents. In the end, the biggest
    challenge for this film will be to manage the audience’s expectations.
    If the viewer expects Bourne or even the recent incarnation of Bond,
    they will be disappointed. But, if they go into the theatre looking for
    a fresh take on a well-worn espionage storyline, they will be
    pleasantly surprised and will find themselves looking forward to the
    next instalment of these undercover agents.

    In the realm of espionage theatre, the considerations to discuss war,
    national loyalties and the atrocities of mankind are extremely obvious.
    Loving our neighbour is an idea that can be seen in many of the world’s
    religions and philosophies, but a radical notion that was introduced by
    Jesus was to not only to love our neighbours, but to love our enemies.
    Honestly, it has to be one of the most confronting concepts in the
    Bible and one of the hardest to implement. Individually it is
    challenging, but how about on the global scale? Without unintentionally
    waving a ‘make peace, not war’ sign around, loving your enemy opposed
    to going to war has its appeal. Also, not to misrepresent Jesus as
    being merely meek and mild, the concept of loving your enemies might be
    one worth considering, for ourselves and for global politics. Leaving
    the cinema… You might be able to gather that this reviewer is a Guy
    Ritchie fan, but regardless of being a fan, this film was refreshingly
    different in the realm of spy films and out and out fun. A small side
    note: one thing that was missing from this Guy Ritchie film was
    extensive foul language, but the story was not lacking because of this
    was omitted. This is one spy film worth seeing in theatres this year.

    Reel Dialogue: What are some of the bigger questions to consider from
    this film? 1. Where is real hope found? (Deuteronomy 31:6, Romans
    5:2-5) 2. Can we love our enemies? (Luke 6:27, Romans 12:19-21) 3. Why
    is it so hard to trust other people? (Proverbs 6:12-16, Romans 3:10-18)

    Written by Russell Matthews based on a five star rating system @
    Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews #themanfromuncle #guyritchie

  • peter-eldonAugust 13, 2015Reply

    A film made of models and entertainment…

    A charming and entertaining film with a very easy-going tone and with
    some what cheesy feel to it that sort of works. Bringing back the
    1960’s to life with some classy producing and editing skills this film
    is based on the TV-series that ran between 1964-1968 with Robert Vaughn
    and David McCallum in the leading roles. Guy Ritchie is now back with
    his first screenplay movie since RocknRolla adding the uprising
    Hollywood star Alicia Vikander from Sweden to the United Network
    Command for Law and Enforcement team. The other two team members of
    U.N.C.L.E. that have no choice but to work together against some sexy
    and hot Italian villains working to proliferate nuclear weapons are KGB
    operative Illya Kuryakin played by Armie Hammer and CIA agent Napoleon
    Solo (Henry Cavill) with Waverley (Hugh Grant) as their boss. Set up in
    Italy with what looks like to be a huge bunch of models filmed in
    amazing settings the film ends with a huge flirt for a new film
    franchise.

  • beattygAugust 13, 2015Reply

    walked out

    I couldn’t write any spoilers because I walked out of the movie after
    15 minutes. One dimensional, predictable, puerile & unfunny.

    Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by so many good movies like ‘Far From Men’,
    ‘Me, Earl & the Dying Girl’, ‘Inherent Vice’, ‘Wild Tales’,’Leviathan’
    ‘A Most Violent Year’, ‘Birdman’ and the extraordinary
    ‘ex-Machina’….all movies full of visual surprise, gravitas,
    sophisticated humour and something to say.

    Its very hard to eat junk food after prime fillet steak. I often wonder
    how below average directors manage to get the funding to churn out this
    dross.

  • debra_peeblesAugust 14, 2015Reply

    Disappointing

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  • peggyatthemoviesAugust 14, 2015Reply

    Man from… U.N.C.L.E. – the spy who might’ve loved me..

    Director Guy Ritchie starts off with a wonderful, very highly stylized
    car chase. From that moment on I pinned my hopes that the whole film
    would be just as good as this sequence. It ends up turning into rather
    a bumpy ride between plot highs..and plot lows..making it an overall
    fun, but uneven film.

    Henry Cavill as ‘Napoleon Solo’ and Armie Hammer as ‘Illya Kuryakin’
    are the dymanic spy duo coming from differing enemy camps – Solo being
    from the CIA and Kuryakin respectively, the KGB, who must work together
    along with help from German/car whiz girl mechanic/possible double
    agent (maybe even triple we’re not sure) ‘Gaby Teller’ (Alicia
    Vikander) to battle the forces of mysterious and evil criminal
    organization – The Vinciguerra Empire – a rogue Italian group of ex-
    Nazi loyalists ran by ”Victoria Vinciguerra” (Elizabeth Delbecki) & her
    husband ”Alexander” (Luca Calvani). The goal is to uncover the plot to
    stop them from obtaining and detonating a nuclear bomb.

    Following a fairly standard formula for spy plots that involves good
    guys vs. bad guys to save the world, here Ritchie throws intrigue to
    the back burner and instead ramps up the charm and personality of his
    characters. Each one has their own unique set of traits which set them
    apart, yet it also brings them perfectly together to create the type of
    ”spy team” with palpable chemistry that works all the way around and
    delivers to us a most entertaining ride.

    Add in the always witty and charming delivery of Hugh Grant, Jared
    Harris and Misha Kuznetsov in their respective roles as head of
    differing agencies and you can’t beat the overall fun that they dish
    out. As with any film of this genre, my motto of ‘your only as good as
    your villains’ once again applies as I did find those being the only
    characters the lacking the charm and chemistry of their counterparts,
    though still stylish, just missing what is truly needed to a baddie,
    the ability to still like them even though they are the villains.

    Ending with the perfect setup for a sequel, I do hope the wonderful
    stylization remains as do the characters, though with a bit better plot
    and new villains as it could prove that a sequel might even turn out to
    be better than an original.

    Grade: C @pegsatthemovies peggyatthemovies.com

  • robinjohansson-1988August 14, 2015Reply

    Just don’t…

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  • dfbairnAugust 14, 2015Reply

    The Man From U.N.C.O.O.L???

    The man from U.N.C.O.O.L? On the contrary, the excess of style, class,
    and imagination in The Man From U.N.C.L.E makes Guy Ritchie’s latest
    film worth more than the price of admission. The film delivers on
    numerous fronts; combining spectacular visuals, entertaining story, and
    of course, some fabulous 60’s fashion.

    To an extent the overarching plot feels somewhat clichéd with a more
    than typical series of spy movie twists and turns. It is, however, a
    beautiful blend of subtlety and overt absurdity: ”it’s so overt, it’s
    covert.” Unlike so many modern movies, the Man From U.N.C.L.E is
    severely hindered by its unconventional and overstated storytelling;
    the kind that demands imagination. The story is multi- faceted and
    well-paced, rather than a great jumble of events loosely strung
    together with artistic liberty. In part the plot is predictable, yet
    not so much as to ruin its narrative and overall entertainment.

    It is true that the film has an easily forgettable villain (a seemingly
    typical 2015 trait), however the focus is primarily on the chemistry
    between main characters. Henry Cavill (Solo) and Armie Hammer
    (Kuryakin) give delightful performances as enemies-come- partners and
    the playful competition between them brings a quirky sense of character
    to the film; along with its aptly overstated score.

    Your expectations going into this movie will decide the degree to which
    you enjoy it. While it requires no knowledge of the original 60’s show,
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E pays homage to a different era of film, and
    includes overtones of Robert Redford and Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy
    and the Sundance Kid, amongst other classics. What it lacks in action
    and undercover spookery it makes up for tenfold in humour; and not just
    cheap gags and throwaway quips at that.

    So the verdict? That’s up to you. For an action packed ride with a
    slightly more convoluted storyline then I would recommend going to see
    the equally jovial Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. However if you’ve
    been dying for an excuse to wear your three-piece-suit to the cinema
    then by all means take a bottle, a picnic; and enjoy the show.

  • steve beard ([email protected])August 14, 2015Reply

    Nice Trip Back to the 1960’s

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  • Steve PulaskiAugust 14, 2015Reply

    A film with all the life sucked out of it

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is someone’s film, but alas, it is not mine.
    Somebody who feels the espionage genre is an underserved market – and,
    to their credit, they have great validity with that statement – may
    enjoy the film being that it’s been a while since ”A Most Wanted Man”
    was in theaters and there’s still a few months before James Bond will
    return to multiplexes, but that target market shouldn’t settle for
    this. This is one of the most boring and uninteresting action films
    I’ve seen in recent memory.

    To begin with, much like the 1960’s Television show this is based off
    of, the plot takes place during the Cold War, focusing on the United
    Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). We follow agents
    Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), who
    reluctantly team up to stop an international criminal organization led
    by the sultry Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), who’s focus is
    on blurring the lines between nuclear weapons and the rapid advancement
    of technology. The only lead the two agents have is Gaby Teller (Alicia
    Vikander), the daughter of a German scientist, and the two, despite
    having animosity for one another, must work together to achieve some
    sort of formal lead before a nuclear attack is commissioned.

    This all sounds like rich, entertaining material, perhaps suited for a
    film with the prime focus of bringing comic-book pulpiness to life in
    an engaging and spirited manner. Yet, despite a cast that has proved
    themselves capable and Guy Ritchie, a director who has been behind the
    scenes of some seriously fun and interesting films, ”The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.” still winds up being an incorrigible affair.

    For one, each actor here seems to have every shred of life and energy
    sucked out of them upon arrival onto the film’s set. Characters,
    particularly the protagonists, Cavill and Hammer, speak with an
    unattractive coldness, rendering most of their dialog in a monotone
    state. This makes it next to impossible to find any involvement with
    these characters, especially when they can’t give the audience a reason
    to care or get excited for them, given all the peril they face with
    their jobs. There’s so desperately little development and thought given
    to them that they practically exist as suave, well-dressed robots,
    complete with Hugo Boss suits, perfectly combed hair, and Johnnie
    Walker Green Label always nearby, serving as their much-needed
    beverage.

    Once more, at just four minutes shy of two hours, ”The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.” drearily plods from one lavish set-piece to another, only
    instead of engaging us, simply flashing the 1960’s aesthetic to us in a
    lazy and unconvincing manner. The jazz music, the vehicles, and even
    the overall feel of the film simply come off as wholly inauthentic and
    tacky, and does nothing but turn the film into a scenery-chewing
    display of half-baked costumes and decorations.

    Finally, there’s just the lack of investment in the story. This is
    another one of those films with a fairly basic story needlessly
    complicated by an overlong runtime, too many characters, most of whom
    undeveloped, and a frustrating focus on empty dialog and the driest
    possible humor. ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” doesn’t always play to the
    conventions of a comedy, but when it does, it’s sure to include corny,
    and often, unfunny circumstances and zingers in hopes to obtain a laugh
    amidst the poorly paced story and the almost equally uninteresting car
    chases.

    The film this so desperately seems to want to be, despite the
    relatively close release window, is ”Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
    However, where ”Kingsman” was stylish and actually suave (rather than
    appearing so), ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is the equivalent of a
    professional sports teams’ equipment managers putting on the actual
    team’s jerseys and saying, ”come on, guys, we can do it!” in an
    encouraging manner, when really, not a clue is to be had amongst anyone
    in the locker-room.

    I conclude my review by coming full circle, reiterating my point that
    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is indeed someone’s film, despite it doing
    very little for me other than inciting incredible boredom. With a
    series of talented actors exhibiting uninteresting, monotone
    performances, contrived aesthetics, and poor pacing and plot structure,
    even the neglected espionage fans should simply not settle for this
    mess.

  • Peter BullAugust 14, 2015Reply

    Sublime, Subliminal and Suave…

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  • Brian T. Whitlock (GOWBTW)August 14, 2015Reply

    Very promising and exciting to say the least!

    This show was way before my time. ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E” was a well
    known spy show that known before James Bond, and other legendary spies.
    Napoleon Solo(Henry Cavill) is a thief who works for the CIA, gets
    partnerships with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin(Armie Hammer) after being
    chased in Germany. They also teamed with a British agent(Alicia
    Vikander) who was also in Germany. They go to Rome, Italy to infiltrate
    and get information on a nuclear warhead. Gaby played both men to get
    to her father, However, the man she helped fix the race car, ended up
    turning on her along with the wife(Elizabeth Debicki) whom Solo spent
    time with. The action was great. Everything was just like the original
    show. Old school. I have seen, S.W.A.T., and other TV show that went on
    the big screen. It was in my opinion an improvement from ”The Avengers”
    , another Warner Bros. movie. Whether I’ve seen the show or not, it’s
    still good. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Yelitza-screenwriting-studentAugust 14, 2015Reply

    Exquisite 60s spy action with an irresistible rivalry and friendship story

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  • byers-849-681424August 14, 2015Reply

    Better to Visit Your U.N.C.L.E

    I could scarcely keep my eyes open, thought about leaving, but with 100
    degree heat making life miserable outside, I opted to stay the course.
    No reason to do this if you’re in a more hospitable climate.

    The script is dull and humorless, no suspense included, and never any
    real sense of an impending nuclear threat, that might moved audiences a
    little closer to the edges of seats. The lead actors appear
    uncomfortable throughout. Neither Cavill nor Hammer seem to have any
    humor at all with which to infuse their roles, though as per the
    posters make stylish very male models. Better seen that heard. There is
    absolutely no chemistry whatever between them, hence the wit of the
    original series is totally lacking in the effort.

    With the exception of Hugh Grant, who delivers the only real
    performance of the film. His turn as Waverly, all too brief, is wry,
    energized, and surprisingly evocative of a younger, hipper version of
    Leo G. Carroll’s Mr. Waverly.

    The visual nods to the mods are many and varied but go only so far. I
    found myself watching the ”It Takes a Thief” era Chris Craft pulling
    away from the dock, the quick glimpse of the stand up, rotary dial
    Ericofon and Elizabeth Debecki in full 60’s high fashion mode and
    thinking ”Almost cool. But not quite.”

    For my money Ritchie is much more effective with smaller films like
    ”Snatch.” He writes them better and directs them better. He seems to
    have gone from over the top with the Sherlock Holmes efforts to
    bouncing along the bottom with U.N.C.L.E.

    In the end, your better off visiting your U.N.C.L.E in TV Land.

  • socrates99August 14, 2015Reply

    At this rate I’ll have to see all of Ritchie’s films

    Remembering the TV show, just barely, I remember I liked Illya a little
    better than Napoleon. That hasn’t changed in this far better version.
    This movie is a joy and I either smiled or laughed through the whole
    thing. There is no way they’re not making a sequel.

    Guy Ritchie’s direction is assured and far more clever and entertaining
    than his current rivals. And his eye for casting, assuming it was his
    doing, is impeccable. I particularly appreciated Alicia Vikander who
    was dreamy enough in Ex Machina. Here she does a little dance in one
    scene that went indelibly into my do not erase memory.

    Cavill and Hammer make an unexpectedly good team. And though I was a
    little partial to Hammer’s performance, Cavill has a flair for comedy
    that I haven’t known about. Oddly enough, Hugh Grant who appears
    briefly, is a proved asset but seems a little out of place.

    All in all though this is a fun movie and not to be missed.

  • Gianluca MarzanoAugust 14, 2015Reply

    a great blend of comedy and action

    The man from U.N.C.L.E. Is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Henry
    Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander. The plot is About a CIA
    agent and a KGB operative team up together to stop a organization
    building nuclear weapons. First off this movie is a fun spy action
    movie. The acting, the dialogue, the action, the comedy, everything in
    this movie I enjoyed a lot. The acting was great by the whole cast but
    the one person who stood out was Alicia Vikander, she was great and
    funny when needed to be. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer also did a great
    job. The action was very good and there was a lot of action but the one
    thing I found great throughout the whole movie was the comedy . There
    were lots of funny moments but once in a while there was a joke that
    just didn’t work but overall it was very funny. Overall The man from
    U.N.C.L.E is a fun spy movie with great action and very funny.

  • Sujan Kumar (sujanfaster)August 15, 2015Reply

    Sleek Old School

    I always like Guy Richie’s movies. They belong to a different genre
    altogether called The Guy Richie genre. The Man from U.N.C.L.E is no
    different. After 4 years of break, Guy Richie comes with this fast
    paced, tongue in cheek humour action movie. Based on the TV series of
    the same name (which I have not seen at all), the movie is about 2 top
    agents of the CIA and KGB working together to solve a nuclear crisis.
    The storyline on the surface sounds very simple and repetitive. But the
    movie is beyond the story its about the narration, the crispy editing,
    the chemistry between Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill and above all the
    background score. Yes, the background score is so good and unusual, it
    makes most of the scenes look way better than they actually are.
    Classic songs from different languages have been added to perfection.
    The film is stylish, almost like a Bond movie with 2 lead actors and
    more humour. Old school, because of how it portrays the leading men:
    angry, headstrong and competitive.

    This movie seems to be a nice break for Henry Cavill after the very
    serious promos of ‘Dawn of Justice’. Alicia Vikander is my new favorite
    lady, she is so beautiful!! Hugh Grant though having less screenspace
    is fun to watch. Elizabeth Debicki with her sexy accent and looks makes
    a very good villain. But Armie Hammer surprises everyone with his
    portrayal of the KGB agent Illya. He is so good, intense and innocent.

    The movie may have its flaws, but if you are a Guy Richie fan you are
    not disappointed. Even if you are looking for 2 hours of fun, you are
    not disappointed either.

  • subxerogravityAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Overall fun, but definitively more style than substance.

    The whole set up is a little different than what I’m use to. The Guy
    Richie movie adaption based on a 60s TV show, spends a lot of time
    being cleaver, than it does focusing on a plot.

    I’m not at all familiar with the TV show, so I don’t have that to
    compare it to, which might be a good thing.

    Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill were pretty bland together as two enemy
    agents force to work together. They did not have the same charisma
    filled trivial banter that made Robert Downey Jr and Jude law so great
    together in Richie’s Sherlock Holmes movies. All Cavill and Hammer have
    are two really good looking faces, which would be fine I guess if I was
    into that, but these guys did a whole lot of nothing on the screen.

    Sometimes I felt it was trying too hard to be fun and playful, and do
    everything to be different from your typical spy movie (The character
    of Napoleon Solo, played by Cavill, was interesting).

    If you are fans of Richie’s style than this movie is littered with it.
    Very retro in design.

    Overall, if feels like the first episode of a new series, and it gets
    some cool points for the 1960s tone of the whole thing, but all this
    more so covers up the fact that nothing is really going on.

  • Siobhan LydonAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Fine combination of cute and sweet but not outstanding

    Given how lame all the blockbuster type films have been this summer, it
    was more than likely that all the best clips would be in the trailer.

    I was pleasantly surprised by this. The soundtrack is sweet and magic.
    If I didn’t know better, I’d think that Tarantino made the selections.

    The script reminded me of ‘The Persuaders!’ staring Roger Moore and
    Tony Curtis in the early 70’s.

    The style of the sets and the clothes were how people wished they
    dressed in the 1960’s.

    It was only later, after I was driving home I realized that none of the
    eye candy (or the women) showed any skin! Guy Richie is fighting for
    actor’s dignity!

    Not sure I’d be curious enough to pay for the sequel though.

  • Michael Seng WahAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Lack of Substance but Stylist and Fun

    Warner Brothers clearly knows the success of Sherlock Holmes, Mission
    Impossible, James Bond series, recent outstanding performance of Fox’s
    Kingsmen and Spy but with much competition of the same genre, they
    decide to surprise the audiences with this remake of the 1960’s popular
    TV spy series. The film opens quite impressive with Impossible’s style
    of action sequences between the two main protagonists which one of them
    is being featured as the villain. The first twisting part of the story
    line is predictable and it gets more thrilling when Director Guy
    Ritchie goes further to add twists and turns. The WWII setting is well
    designed and crafted, the humorous chemistry between Cavill and Hammer
    is promising, the scores by Daniel Pemberton that keeps pounding 60’s
    style soundtracks match the film perfectly while the cinematography and
    editing have presented the extended climax creatively and fast- pacing.
    While the dialogues are not as intelligent as in Sherlock Holmes, the
    whole film is still fun, engaging and stylish to cover its lack of
    substance.

  • ([email protected])August 15, 2015Reply

    Stylish, Fun , and Unique,…a refreshing change.

    This movie was a lot better than some of the reviews are giving it
    credit for, It was a fun classy throwback to the 60s spy craze TV shows
    but with modern sensibilities. It actually had a bit more of an ” I
    Spy” (Culp/Cosby) feel to it with it’s beautiful globetrotting scenery
    ,high fashion and beautiful architecture than it’s namesake TV show.
    The 60s setting, scenery and fashion are like an extra character unto
    themselves. I thought both Cavill and Hammer were excellent in their
    respective roles and had good chemistry together. Cavill proves why he
    SHOULD have been the next James Bond. The film has a nice mix of comedy
    and action and witty one-liners,…while not being as hilarious as
    ”Spy” or as much frenetic action as ”MI Rogue Nation” it has an
    appropriate mix of both while still having it’s own unique feel to it.
    While the film was not perfect,it had a few minor flaws ,such as a bit
    of a convoluted plot and weak villain, these are minor gripes and
    should hopefully be corrected if this does well enough to greenlight a
    sequel. I would really love to see these guys on future adventures now
    that we have their origins established. It is definitely worth your
    money to see it on the big screen and was a great way to spend a
    sweltering afternoon in the record breaking 115 degree Phoenix heat.

  • SafcinexileAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Good adaptation of a TV classic

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  • iepw12August 15, 2015Reply

    outstanding performances ,bit disappointing film

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  • angelbabeus ([email protected])August 15, 2015Reply

    A Great Remake of a Classic Television Series

    I watched the movie tonight. It was great. I went into it expecting
    some eye candy and explosions. I was impressed by the movie trailer and
    decided to give the movie a try. Sometimes all the best scenes are
    shown in movie trailers and the rest of film is lacking in a lot of big
    studio Hollywood productions nowadays, but that was not the case with
    this film. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the movie.
    The pace of the MFU movie had no lags and the script had moments of
    comedic irony which came across as naturally funny and not strained.
    The sets and everything drew viewers into the world of the cold war
    era. There was lots of action and the chemistry between the actors and
    plot was good. Alicia Vikander shines as the female lead. She was
    clever and and held her own against the male leads. She was not written
    into the script just to look pretty and she looked good in the sixties
    fashions. The costuming in the film was excellent.

    I thought the movie paid tribute to the best aspects of the MFU TV
    series without going over the top with camp humor. There were a lot of
    quips and the actors stayed in character throughout the film. Armie and
    Henry were great. Henry Cavill does a good job portraying a suave
    Napoleon Solo and makes the role his own without slavishly copying
    Robert Vaughn’s portrayal. He is sexy and charismatic and like Vaughn’s
    Solo he is also an epicure and fond of living a rich lifestyle and is
    impeccably dressed in bespoke suits. Like Vaughn he uses his charisma
    and good looks to seem harmless while also having the skills of a
    master spy. The main difference between characterizations from the
    original series is the physicality of Illya. Armie at 6′ 5″ is much
    larger than David Mccallum who is 5′ 7″ and who was shorter than Robert
    Vaughn at 5’8”. In the movie, he is seen as having enhanced strength
    and combat skills. McCallum’s Illya was also good at combat but was
    much more flirty with the ladies. It’s been awhile since I’ve viewed
    the original series, but Armie’s characterization seemed to be much
    more stoic and less charming than that of David McCallum’s portrayal
    which is great. I really like Armie’s acting in the role and the way
    Illya has to struggle to control his temper. The closeups when he is
    trying to stay inconspicuous and undercover are great and he and Henry
    play well off each other. I think it’s great that the director and
    screenwriter took a fresh look at rebooting the MFU franchise and had
    each actor make the roles their own and not a slavish rendering of the
    characters in the TV series. Hugh Grant was great as Waverly. He did
    not have a lot of screen time but the minutes he had in the film were
    great. If they make a sequel I would definitely be interested in
    viewing a second offering in this universe.

  • Jackson PrestoAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Slick, Smooth and Guy Ritchie’s best yet!

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a thoroughly enjoyable film and there is
    hardly anything to fault. The acting was superb: Henry Cavill and Armie
    Hammer’s characters shone out. Both actors had excellent screen
    presence and there was natural chemistry between them. It must also be
    mentioned that Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki added intriguing
    female allure.

    The movie’s editing was spectacular making the film’s cinematography
    stand out and highlighting all of the excellent shots achieved by Guy
    Ritchie. The shots captured were incredible, representing the 1960’s
    perfectly. Fantastic costume design also helped attain a 60’s feel.
    Product placement was clear throughout the film, however nothing seemed
    out of place or blatantly obvious.

    Overall, I think this spy comedy was very entertaining and I would
    recommend it to anyone looking to watch a very slick and stylish movie.
    It is clear from this film that Ritchie has his eyes on other spy
    franchises (Bond) and I have no doubt that he will get there.

  • writers_reignAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Closer To Charley’s Aunt

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  • DoubleOscarAugust 15, 2015Reply

    What a year for Spy Movies

    Having never seen a Guy Ritchie movie, I was very indifferent about
    seeing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I knew that Ritchie has a very distinct
    style, but I had just never seen it in action. I do know that a lot of
    complaints of Guy Ritchie movies is that they are a lot more style over
    substance. This film is no exception. However, Ritchie’s style is just
    so much fun to watch on screen that it adds The Man from U.N.C.L.E to
    the list of great spy movies released in 2015. While it may be
    overshadowed by movies like Mission Impossible, Kingsman, or the soon
    to be released Spectre, it is still a very enjoyable movie experience.

    The story is your basic Cold War, nuclear bomb threat plot where spies
    must infiltrate the enemy bases to try and disarm and destroy a bomb
    that has the intent on beginning a nuclear war. We’ve seen it plenty of
    times before in films such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, but
    the execution in this film is so great it allows The Man from U.N.C.L.E
    to bring something fresh to the table while having a familiar plot.

    As for characters, I thought they were all great. Henry Cavill is very
    charismatic and fun to watch being the cocky American spy. Armie Hammer
    caught me off guard a little at first with his accent, but it grew on
    me and became enjoyable. Alicia Vikander, who I, like many, first took
    notice of in Ex Machina, was fantastic and should continue to be seeing
    great roles offered to her. The chemistry was great between the three
    and really propelled the movie going forward.

    Lastly, a mention must be made about the music. It was phenomenal. It
    gave the movie a throwback feel while simultaneously increasing tension
    and the viewer’s interest. This came from Daniel Pemberton, a name I
    have never heard of but will begin to look forward to seeing in the
    future.

    Overall, The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a familiar espionage action-
    adventure story with a great cast, fantastic score, and enough unique
    style to differentiate it from similar films.

    ”These. Are. American. Made… And low-tech.”

  • rgkarimAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Man of Classy Wit and Debonair Spy, but Diluted Action

    Hollywood is really big on making mountains of money from molehills of
    ideas. This weekend, that molehill is a sixties television series about
    a spy group bent on stopping global terrorism from occurring. My movie
    review today is the Man from U.N.C.L.E, a movie that has been greatly
    endorsed in the premovie showings at my local theater. So with all the
    hype, and the potential for another good spy movie, I have once again
    gone back to my home away from home to bring you another review. Let’s
    get started!

    When it come to spy movies one never knows what directions they will
    take. Will it be a comedic one where spies bumble around like idiots?
    Is it going to be action packed and filled with guns and bombs? Or
    maybe a very technical movie filled with high specks and stealth? For
    this movie the answer was a blend of action and comedy, and in a way
    that wasn’t overly cheesy. The Man from U.N.C.L.E takes you back into
    the world of old fashion spy films where our leading spies were sent to
    uncover by use of deceit and stealth. The whole film is laced with
    numerous sequences of our team sneaking around highly guarded
    facilities, using simplistic tools to quietly get to their goals. This
    isn’t some James Bond or Mission Impossible moment where overdramatic
    music blares in your ears as guns blaze and explosions rattle the
    walls. Instead it’s got more cleverness behind it, involving
    coordination between the two countries as they put aside their
    differences and played to their strengths. It took a more ”realistic”
    approach, where adaptation, observation and a silver tongue go farther
    than any pistol can.

    While I do appreciate the cleverness, the action sequences the cast
    promised were somewhat lacking. An opening chase scene was rather bland
    and a little overdone, but did have some impressive moves that an elite
    spy would have. Past that there are a few chase scenes, and a couple of
    quick shoot em up moments that took on an interesting, and somewhat
    dizzying, camera perspective. Without those adrenaline rushing moments,
    I can’t lie that I was a bit bored at all the stealthy maneuvering. The
    lack of a unique plot also didn’t help move things along and at times
    the movie dragged for me as they dodged around the goal. Some plot
    ”twists” help liven things up and help give a little unknown to the
    film, but it still didn’t do much to bring excitement to the film.

    What makes up for the action though is the witty comedy this film
    carries. Instead of crude vulgarity or stupid one-liners that will
    surely make memes, this film chose to let the situation bring the
    funny. Many times I chuckled as the spies blunders led to some other
    fools misfortune, a dark twist often following that was quite humorous.
    Our two spies hardly reacting to the situation further made the comedy
    better, their moot expressions syncing with the simplistic dialog. The
    banter was fun too, as the rivalry between the two male leads had them
    acting like fighting siblings, with the lady spy acting the role of the
    mature mother. Eventually this trick got old school, but there were
    some real comedic genius moments.

    Putting the comedic aspect aside, the biggest strengths of this movie
    are the setting and the acting of the film. Our design team did a
    fantastic job bringing the feelings of the 60s, and the classic series,
    back to life in high definition glory. The outfits are the backbone of
    the look, the various skirts, cardigans, and thick blazers really
    popping out amidst the retro scenery. Bringing the classic cars into
    the picture only further amplified the blast to the past, especially
    the old radios and tunes that blared through the speakers and further
    capture the energy of the ages. The soundtrack of the picture is really
    fun as well, and the symphony score further ups the dramatic edge that
    gives a little flair to the mix. All of it blends well together, and
    helps take the nostalgic flair up a notch!

    Acting wise the movie is solid as well. Henry Cavill takes the generic
    spy caveat and runs with it, making himself sound like a pompous twit.
    He uses that debonair and cockiness to speak his silver tongue and
    accomplish his goals, while fighting the emotional turmoil set on him.
    Armie Hammer going the Russian path was actually not as bad as I
    imagined him to be, and he captures the accent decently to sell his
    role. Hammer’s done a 180 and added a creepy edge to his portfolio with
    quiet intensity and an insanity complex that makes him dangerous on
    multiple levels. However, his downfall is the temper tantrum moments
    and dramatic shaking of his hands when his anger comes to full boil. I
    think the director may have gotten a little to into a comic book
    character if you know what I mean. Alicia Vikander does a nice job with
    her role as well, managing to cover a broad spectrum of characters and
    play all of them fairly strong. Not to mention she looks cute in all
    her retro outfits and pumps. Together the three of them make a good
    team together, and have a natural chemistry to their teamwork that
    could make for some interesting sequels.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E is not the most exciting spy movie I have seen,
    but it certainly has class and realism to it. Sure it could have used
    some action kick to it, and I would have liked a little more
    originality to it. Overall though, it’s not a bad movie and I think it
    would be a good rent movie in the long run. I still recommend Mission
    Impossible 5 over this one, but fans of the series should give it a
    shot.

    Scores:

    Action/Adventure/Comedy: 7.5 Movie Overall: 7.0

  • Andy SmithAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Love this film

    I saw this movie today and really enjoyed it. This is what what has
    been missing in the spy movie genre for so long. Previously dominated
    by Bond, Bourne and its wannabie counterparts or by spoofs what has
    been missing it something glamorous, action packed, smooth and actually
    funny. I know not everyone wants funny in spy movie but I can’t help
    but think that some of the negative reviews on here are based on either
    a hatred of Guy Richie or a jealousy about the attractive male leads!
    There is very little to dislike about this movie, it has slick
    production, good acting which is complimented by the type of old school
    script that stays true to the original. This film is a little gem of
    glamour and fun easy to watch and to enjoy!

  • gchord-43138August 15, 2015Reply

    More of a prequel than a spin off I found the film very entertaining and most enjoyable.

    First of all I DO remember the original TV series and was a huge fan. A
    12 year old huge fan but still. I was a little worried that someone
    thought the TV show needed up dating; not so. This was not a spin off
    or an update but a prequel firmly set in the Cold War 60’s right where
    it should be. It dealt with material not really touched in the series
    as I remember and so did not ”get it all wrong” as so many remakes do.
    The movie was fast paced and stylish. It was funny without being tongue
    in cheek or mocking (don’t care for that). It was grim in a couple of
    spots, after all, there was a diabolical mastermind to be defeated; but
    I came away smiling and completely entertained. GOOD JOB

  • mikeylvsmviesAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Great Fun

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  • tabunoAugust 15, 2015Reply

    A Delightful and Tantalizingly Original Spy Movie

    This movie almost defies description because of its very originality
    and the difficult exercise of finding any comparable spy movies of
    significance. This full-length movie version based on the 1960s
    television series and becomes a sort of prequel to the series and
    allows the film’s director to re-vitalize the period of the 50s in a
    stylized retro look. What director Guy Richie has accomplished is a
    more ambitious fusion of witty humor and serious emotive drama than his
    Sherlock Holmes (2009) and its accompanying Game of Shadows (2011)
    helmed by the mega-star Robert Downey Jr. and his character sidekick
    well-known Jude Law. Through casting lesser known actors, Henry Cavill
    and Armie Hammer, Richie relies more on the strength of success of his
    directing, the script, use of cinematography and accompanying music to
    bring out a wealth of comedy and appealing storyline in their
    performances.

    Some of the brilliance of this movie comes from one of a number of
    elements such as the heightened impact of music on the mood and energy
    of the movie reminiscent of Theodore Sharpiro’s use of music in The
    Devil Wears Prada (2006) or Mark Isham in The Cooler (2003).
    Additionally, Ritchie has evolved the use of serio-comedy to a new
    level of achievement. Unlike the almost scientific precision and
    sophistication of Doug Liman’s outstanding Bourne Identity (2002),
    Ritchie has opted for an earlier Cold War spy setting that focuses more
    on the intuitive and playfulness of the original bumbling Casino Royale
    (1967) with a strong infusion of Martin Campell’s more serious drama of
    the 2006 version.

    Ritchie’s casting of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer resembles an duo
    performance of director Jonathan Lynn’s casting of Bill Nighy in the
    witty Wild Target (2010) and Bill Nighy’s more serious performance in
    the television movie Page Eight (2011). The Man From U.N.C.L.E. might
    derive some of its appeal in its ability to

    • Blending the outlandish zaniness of the original Casino Royale (1967)
    with the serious, raw performance brought on by director Martin
    Campbell’s contemporary 2006 film, • capture the playfulness but in a
    more subtle way than that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s in Mr. and
    Mrs. Smith (2005), • bringing out the stylized power yet less chaotic,
    frenzied nature of the hyper-active spy thriller of Matthew Vaughn’s
    Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), • using the chemistry and humor
    with action of Jan de Bont’s action blockbuster Speed (1994) yet
    allowing the characters themselves to promote the action instead of the
    blazing special effects and overdramatized impossible scenarios, •
    portraying a more somber, realistic, and yes smarter than the
    entertaining and delightful Peter Segal movie version of the comedic
    spy television series Get Smart (2008), • incorporating the intelligent
    dry wit and musings of Matt Damon’s mental thoughts percolating in the
    crime comedy drama of The Informant! (2009), • and evokes the same
    light-heartedness found in the more surreal and off beat assassin movie
    The Matador (2005) where Pierce Brosnan became one of the first actors
    to portray a new formula for witty espionage movies where director
    Richard Shepard was able to take a more established spy persona James
    Bond and change the standard movie rules of the spy game or even
    earlier John Cusack’s Grosse Point Blank (1997).

    Ultimately, what makes this movie special is its ability to bring to
    the screen an amazing psychological twisting movie, mental amusement,
    all set on a lavish but believable spy canvass.

  • reviewsbycalebAugust 15, 2015Reply

    A Bland Story Saved by Intriguing Characters

    Stylish movies always pose the question, What is the value of style
    over substance? Some movies get ridiculed for it and others get praised
    ( Quentin Tarantino for instance). The director of The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E, Guy Ritchie is divisive in this argument due to his
    trademarked energetic style all his movies are marked by. One could
    argue though, that there (I’m one of those) is significant substance to
    warrant the blatant style in his best movies like Snatch. and Sherlock
    Holmes. So the real question is, where is the substance in The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.? Characters. This film at its core is driven by a plot of an
    over told and bland spy story that is covered with effective and
    ineffective style, and ultra intriguing characters, namely The KGB stud
    Illya who is played shockingly well by Armie Hammer. One disturbed and
    complex look off of Mr. Hammer’s face holds more depth and weight than
    the whole plot. The other characters are Solo, played also surprisingly
    well by Henry Cavill, and Alicia Vikander’s Gaby. Vikander is what you
    would expect, a marvel. She made her name known by her brilliant
    portrayal of a robot that achieves AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Ex
    Machina, All three of these characters meet in the first few minutes.
    Solo goes to a garage in East Berlin, where Gaby is a car mechanic.
    Solo tells the story of her real father, a man forced against his will
    to build atomic bombs for the Nazi’s. I won’t get into the plot too
    much because how bland and conventional it turns out to be, but we have
    to hit this first twenty minutes because it is fantastic. In their
    attempt to get Gaby out of East Berlin they run into KGB’s best Illya,
    and in a stunningly amazing set piece, Solo, Illya and Gaby play a cat
    and mouse game that is a brilliant intro to this film.

    Style. As said before, the first 20 minutes or so of The Man from UNCLE
    was such a great start, before getting bogged down by its familiar plot
    exercises. The real reason was because of Ritchie’s incorporation of
    style into the action scenes that worked effectively.The problem with
    the style of the rest of the film was instead of laying off the gas
    slowly from what was shown in the beginning, Ritchie hits the gas and
    beats his style into the audience in a rather hit and miss way. Some
    scenes it worked, and some scenes it failed….miserably. Ritchie,
    probably recognizing the weakness of the story that he co-wrote,
    overcompensated at times with style that was so bold and gutsy that I
    applaud with chagrin in the same moment of feeling sick and
    overwhelmed.

    A place with a complete lack of substance was in the end, and the way
    it was told lacked creativity, which Ritchie lacks very rarely does. No
    spoilers so don’t worry. In the end there is a scene that the fate of
    main characters is discussed over the phone, and Ritchie gives us
    information in an incorrect order to try and add weight to a 5 pound
    dumbbell. The misappropriation of story and the chopping up of a 5
    minute scene and revealing it in that same 5 minutes was a poor attempt
    at clever story telling. Also, the conclusion and purpose of the phone
    call was an insult to the audience, and characters intelligence. You
    had a feeling with the whole ending Ritchie…struggled, and struggled
    to close it. The redeemable scene in the later parts was an effectively
    shot and built up (throughout the film) scene between the two lead male
    characters. The characters and their relationships for the most part,
    made up for the unimpressive ending, and the whole story in general.

    Humor. Guy Ritchie really knows how to make me laugh, UNCLE was hit and
    miss for me in that department. During a set piece where Solo, and
    Illya are getting chased by boat, Solo jumped off the boat and escapes
    rather easily while Illya keeps getting shot at for a few more minutes.
    Solo is eating and drinking with a front row seat. It was hilarious and
    in the end, a big scene for some character development. There’s a
    couple other scenes with big laughs, but others that drop a bomb.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tells a forgettable story, but gives us
    memorable characters. Ritchie hits and misses with style, humor and
    action set pieces, and straight up miss fires all together with the
    plot. The actors work hard, and mainly achieve at making up for this
    sin, with powerful acting and great chemistry. I’ll see a sequel, if
    someone else writes the story.

  • CarycomicAugust 15, 2015Reply

    A half-way decent tribute to a classic TV series.

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  • afhickAugust 15, 2015Reply

    TV fare, but the wrong series

    It’s hard to imagine who the audience for ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
    might be. I went to it expecting a camp homage to the ’60s television
    series that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Instead I found
    what looked like an extended episode of ”White Collar,” with superior
    special effects and an eccentric soundtrack, awkwardly removed to the
    decade that gave us the Berlin Wall and the Kennedy assassination. It
    must be said, however, that everybody looks good, even if they rarely
    get out of their tight-fitting suits. Matt Bomer-lookalike Henry
    Cavill’s character is known mostly as Solo, presumably because the
    writers were concerned that modern audiences wouldn’t know who Napoleon
    was (this is NOT the generation that learned its history at the knees
    of Bill and Ted), and Illya Kuryakin is now a hulking Armie Hammer,
    whose main asset seems to be that he has the stamina of the Energizer
    Bunny but can’t control his temper. I found it pretty to watch and
    actually kind of fun. But then I’m hardly the demographic Hollywood is
    aiming at, even if I did survive the ’60s. All of which is to say, I
    didn’t buy the popcorn.

  • Wolf TombeAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Man from U.N.C.L.E – The Prequel

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  • chuwawah-919-385097August 16, 2015Reply

    Its watchable

    Having seen the red carpet interview I was not impressed by the two
    lead actors who came across as ‘Never studied the original ‘The Man
    from U.N.C.L.E’ (raise eyebrow!). For me that was already a thumbs
    down. So, settling down in my seat, the last words I spoke before the
    movie started was ‘Be prepared to be disappointed’. Was I disappointed?
    Not really, I was however surprised by the overall presentation. The
    movie kept it’s tempo of the 60’s feel. Fast paced, smooth criminals
    fashionably dress and the acquired sense of humour only the British can
    grasp in an instant. The story takes us to the very beginning of how
    two agents, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are
    forced to work on a joint mission against an International body moving
    some nuclear weapons. A fresh approach made to revive a golden oldie.
    Something that I remember from my childhood as a classy, appealing and
    intelligent TV show. I must say the original actors Robert Vaughan and
    David McCallum are a hard act to follow; bearing in mind Mission
    Impossible – Rogue Nation is still on the screens too. How will they
    move forward with this? I do believe a franchise is in the pipe line.
    Maybe they should consider ‘The Girl From U.N.C.L.E?’ It’s a watchable
    movie. Oh! Look out for a David Beckham!

    *U.N.C.L.E. is an acronym for the United Network Command for Law and
    Enforcement. Ms Safirah Irani [email protected]

  • grnwomanAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Outstanding!

    As a long-time fan of the original series who has watched rights
    disputes, and cast and director changes over the years, I viewed the
    pre-release publicity with high hopes and low expectations. But in the
    end, the film itself was a wonderful surprise! Witty, light-hearted
    without being a spoof and dramatic without being heavy-handed. The two
    main characters were updated from what was allowable in 60s television
    to satisfying and engaging modern versions of their original
    incarnations, and the attendant allies and villains were all one could
    want. The film was very much what the series could have been were it
    being done now, in the era of Game of Thrones and Mad Men. I’ve been
    twice and will be going again, as well as buying the DVD. Open Channel
    D; this film is more than I dared hope for!

  • bladesandflameAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Very entertaining

    I went into the movie for my birthday, being a young woman my twin and
    I were initially attracted by the 2 leading male actors who were
    captivating & handsome- but is that enough to make a movie watchable to
    a certain degree? No. But this movie beat my expectations. I had
    already read some online reviews by critics but to be honest I don’t
    know what movie they had went to see since the reviews were
    overwhelmingly negative but it couldn’t have been ‘The Man From
    U.N.C.L.E.’. It was a witty, and smart movie where each actor didn’t
    outshine one another. I personally do not trust critics since they tend
    to like boring movies like ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ that put me to sleep.
    It’s almost as if the movie was too witty for them & the quips and
    snarky comments went over their daft heads and left a sour taste in
    their mouths.

    I recommend this movie to anyone if you liked the Robert Downey Jr.
    Sherlock movies then you will thoroughly enjoy this. My only wish is
    that it was a little longer but that doesn’t detract from the quality
    of the movie.

  • galahad58-1August 16, 2015Reply

    Average

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  • glasspersephoneAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Better than expected

    When I saw better than expected, I knew it would be good. But it was
    better than good, it was great.

    Very witty, sexy movie. Take the humour of Sherlock (with Robert Downey
    Jr. & Jude law) and stick it in a bond movie- then you have The man
    from U.N.C.L.E. – I like bond movies, but I LOVED the man from uncle.
    It doesn’t get boring, or drop at any point.

    If you’ve read anything negative from critics Don’t listen to what
    critics have to say, they don’t like any kind of movie if it’s not
    based on a true story.

    It’s certainly worth the price of admission, you’ll be glad you saw it.
    I’m honestly hoping a second will be made.

  • nascarstevieAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Good Characters. Average Story.

    Although I’m old enough to have remembered the original TV series
    airing; I have to confess I never watched it. So I went into the
    theater with no preconceived baseline on how the characters or film
    should play out.

    The film did a nice job of capturing the fashion and background of the
    Sixties. I also enjoyed Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer’s performances.
    Cavill’s Napoleon Solo played like an American version of a Connery-era
    James Bond, while Hammer was convincing as an ill-tempered Russian.

    Unfortunately the story felt like I had seen it several dozen times
    before. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t memorable either… much like the
    film’s villain. I also felt Guy Ritchie’s multi-scene action sequences
    were more of a distraction than a visual treat.

  • Eric GordonAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Do Not Watch

    Every aspect of this film failed. If I narrowed it down to one thing,
    it would be the writing. The most important part of a film was its
    downfall. To make matters worse the bad script was matched with bad
    acting. Not to say that I hate the actors themselves, but in this film
    they failed. I gave this film 3 stars because that is what it deserves,
    if that. If I could gain back any 2 hours of my life, it would be the 2
    hours that I spent sat in front of the silver screen watching this sad
    excuse for a film.

    I spent time doing two things during this movie. Looking for a moment
    of comedic relief that was actually funny, and trying to figure out the
    plot as I watched. Afterwards when I read about it I learned what the
    movie had failed to show me, the plot.

    All in all, I believe this movie was awful and I do not recommend it,
    unless, you’re looking for an easy nap.

  • Danusha_Goska Save Send DeleteAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Stylish, Witty, Retro Fun

    Guy Ritchie’s ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is a fun, retro romp. It’s a
    1960s-style spy movie. The spies in this film are witty, smart, and
    impeccably dressed. Henry Cavill, as Napoleon Solo, and Armie Hammer,
    as Illya Kuryakin, are stunningly handsome men. I couldn’t help, while
    watching this film, but compare them to the kind of schlubs who
    populate Jud Apatow movies.

    TMFU’s emphasis is retro style. From tiny, miserable East German
    apartments that are on screen for only seconds, to the large, chunky,
    sixties jewelry, everything on screen is beautifully put together.

    For a film with so much style, there’s heart, too. Illya Kuryakin
    really moved me. He has a tragic backstory. His father was exiled to a
    Siberian Gulag and his mother also misbehaved. Illya is huge and strong
    like bull. He’s a stereotype of the superhuman Soviet man Americans had
    to confront during Cold-War-Era Olympics. He has trouble controlling
    his anger and his strength. When he’s about to blow, the soundtrack
    plays marching sounds. It’s effective.

    Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo is the more cool and suave of the two.
    There’s a breathtaking set piece where Solo confronts tragic disaster
    by calmly sampling, and then abandoning, a fortuitously discovered
    sandwich and bottle of wine.

    The plot is pretty conventional. Udo, a scientist from Nazi Germany
    (Christian Berkel, who played the ”the Good German” – an ethical doctor
    – in ”Downfall”) has been recruited to make a nuclear bomb for some
    Italian fascist bad guys, the Vinciguerra family. His evil brother Rudi
    (Sylvester Groth) has also been recruited by the bad guys. Rudi was a
    torturing fiend under the Nazis. There is a torture scene and the movie
    licks its chops building suspense, leading the viewer to believe that
    there is going to be a really cruel, squirm- inducing scene served up,
    but the film surprises you. In general the film is much smarter, and
    much less violent, than many films of this genre, and I liked that a
    lot.

    The final action sequence is played to dramatic percussion. Overall the
    sound and music in the film are very effective.

    Elizabeth Debicki is icy and evil as Victoria Vinciguerra.

    I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. I liked its intelligence and
    style and I liked looking at two gorgeous male leads. TMFU has not done
    well at the box office. That’s too bad. I think this movie may just be
    too stylish, too grown-up, for today’s action audience.

  • KalKenobi83August 17, 2015Reply

    One Of The Best Spy-Comedy Movies of 2015 and All Time

    Watched The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Starring Henry Cavill(Man Of Steel) as
    Napoleon Solo , Armie Hammer(The Lone Ranger) as illya Kuryakin, Alicia
    Vikander(Ex Machina) as Gaby Teller , Hugh Grant(Notting Hill) as
    Alexander Waverly, Luca Calvani(The International) as Alexander, Simona
    Caparrini(To Rome With Love) as Contessa, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great
    Gatsby) as Victoria Vinciguerra and Jared Harris(Sherlock Holmes: A
    Game O Shadows)as Saunders .I really enjoyed the film also great
    Performances from Cavill,Hammer and Vikander also Cavill was Amazing
    Doing His Cary Grant Impersonation well, also Hammer had a Very Good
    Russian Accent also Vikander Brought her A Game as well ,The film was
    funny, had a great story as well and a had great action . Amazing Music
    By Daniel Pemberton(The Counselor),Cinematography By John
    Mathieson(X-Men:First Class), Costume design By Joanna Johnston(Mission
    :Impossible-Rogue Nation) and Direction By Guy Ritchie(RockNRolla) One
    Of The Best Spy-Comedy Movies of 2015 and All Time 10/10

  • Thomas DrufkeAugust 17, 2015Reply

    Style Over Substance

    I don’t know why, but Guy Ritchie’s films have always felt way too
    stylish for my liking. They just don’t do much for me at all, really.
    And although I actually do like the Sherlock Holmes films he did, the
    directing style he uses in that is my least favorite aspect. But I was
    curious about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Alicia Vikander is about as hot
    as you can be right now with the amount of projects she’s either
    rumored for or locked in after her Ex Machina success. And Henry Cavill
    is one of the most likable guys in Hollywood. The problem with the film
    isn’t the actors at all, in fact, I actually liked Armie Hammer a lot
    here, which was a big surprise. The problem comes from the stylish
    directing and the missed attempt at making an action film with comedy
    in it.

    Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t really find anything funny in the
    film. Sure, a sexual innuendo here or there was a good change of pace,
    especially to hear out of Superman’s mouth, but the other comedy bits
    just misfired. The chemistry between Hammer and Cavill was the best
    part of the film and a stroke of brilliance. Which is actually one
    reason why I would see a sequel, but without Guy Ritchie. With that
    being said, I loved the premise of a Russian and American spy working
    together to stop a nuclear attack, and the comedy route seemed like the
    right way to go about it, but it just didn’t hit for me. As much as I
    loved Vikander in Ex Machina, I thought she was just okay here. The
    forced romance (and yes I know it’s supposed to be goofy) between her
    and Hammer’s character was brutal to watch at times and I got to be
    honest, I just didn’t care enough about her character. Hugh Grant makes
    a glorified cameo but he ultimately ends up being overwhelmingly
    underused. Not to mention the fact that the ‘big’ or ‘climatic’ action
    sequence ends up being a montage of a brief clips was a huge
    disappointment and a missed opportunity to reel me in for a thrilling
    end.

    Back to Ritchie, I also found his use of music in different sequences
    to be incredibly distracting and even bombastic at times. But even
    though I had a lot of problems with the film, I did have some fun with
    it. It was nice to see Cavill take on a lighter role and you could tell
    he enjoyed filming the movie as well. The premise itself is cool and
    the chemistry between the leads is quite prevalent. But that’s about
    it. It’s one of those films that would probably seem a lot better if I
    caught it on cable and had lowered my expectations. It goes down as yet
    another average film in what seemed to be a rather promising 2015.

    +Cavill

    +Chemistry between spies

    -Forced romance

    -Style over substance

    -Distracting music

    5.7/10

  • pinkled5August 17, 2015Reply

    Bored, And I’m Not Sure Why

    This movie seemed to have all the right ingredients to be entertaining.
    It had action, snappy dialogue, and a likable cast. However, I was
    bored from beginning to end.

    To be fair, I’m not really a Guy Ritchie fan. Lock, Stock and Two
    Smoking Barrels didn’t do anything for me, and Snatch was rather
    forgettable, imo. So maybe I just don’t like Guy Ritchie’s style of
    movie making. But there are a couple of things I can put my finger on.

    Firstly, I didn’t like Henry Cavill’s manner of delivering his lines.
    It didn’t seem natural and it smacked of poor acting, but was probably
    due more to poor direction. Additionally, many of the scenes seemed
    silly to me, defying logic and making it difficult for me to suspend my
    disbelief. But that still doesn’t explain my boredom.

    About halfway through the movie I got up to use the bathroom. After I
    was finished I debated on whether I should go back in the theater. I
    decided I didn’t want to waste any more time on the movie so I left,
    not even the slightest bit curious how the plot would turn out.

    So, take my review with a grain of salt. If you’re fan of Guy Ritchie
    you might just enjoy this film. Otherwise, you might not want to waste
    your time on it.

  • msfindlayAugust 17, 2015Reply

    UNCLE Can’t Leash Excitement

    This was a horrible movie. Watched the TV series as a youth. Can’t
    remember a single episode, but at least each one hour show made some
    sense. This movie has a hard to follow plot you soon won’t understand
    or even care about. None of the characters have any chemistry to one
    another. I love Alicia Vikander, but her lines and acting are wasted
    here. Why does Ilia have to be her pretend husband, when Solo is right
    there masterminding their every move? Lots of plot elements that don’t
    make for good story telling.

    Henry Cavill may look suave here, but never shows emotion, is always
    impeccably dressed, and his hair is never out of place. Arnie is a
    little better in his role, but there is just NO chemistry between them.
    The movie is obviously set up for sequels. Can’t image this movie will
    make enough money to justify future stories.

  • i-rispinAugust 17, 2015Reply

    Achieves its Goals

    In terms of what this film is trying to do: surround a retro plot with
    likable characters, sparky dialogue, beautiful locations and gorgeous
    accessories it succeeds totally. The action sequences are exciting, and
    the way that Guy Ritchie deconstructs and explains certain sequences
    within the film adds to the exposition, and brings cocksure flair to
    the direction. I hope that this film makes money, and I would be
    delighted to see a sequel. Ritchie cops too much flack. This film
    carried off the ‘sixties thing just as well as American Hustle did the
    ‘seventies. And this film had more wit and zip. I also preferred the
    Man From U.N.C.L.E. to either Casino Royale or A Quantum of Solace.
    They could do worse than approach Ritchie when Sam Mendes gets sick of
    Bond. I have awarded 8 out of ten because although the film succeeds in
    achieving its aims, it’s aims are relatively modest. We’re not talking
    high art or truly memorable cinema here, but as the cinematic
    equivalent of a special chow mein, its a tasty one, and a great example
    of what it is.

  • PWNYCNYAugust 17, 2015Reply

    Henry Cavil is impressive – and funny.

    If one is expecting a conventional kind of who-done-it or an updated
    version of the 1960s television series, then you will be surprised.
    Henry Cavil gives an incredibly strong performance as Napoleon Solo, in
    the process revealing an outstanding flare for comedy. He delivers one
    liner after one liner with a precision comparable to that of the best
    movie comedians. In addition, the movie has a good story which fits
    well with the characters. In some respects, the movie is similar to
    that of an early James Bond movie, which offered straightforward
    stories intermixed with clever dialog, all driven by the commanding
    presence of James Bond. Armie Hammer is excellent as Ilya.
    Fundamentally the movie is a prequel to the Man from Uncle story.
    Surprising is how Napoleon and Ilya wound up becoming a team and how
    the ”bad guy” is not male but female (and, of course, as beautiful as
    she is sinister). This movie is entertaining and worth watching.

  • pyrocitorAugust 17, 2015Reply

    Round of applause, KGB clap style

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  • flumswackAugust 17, 2015Reply

    Stylish and fun

    The Man From CreepyUncle.net is a spy film directed by Ritchie the Guy.
    If you expected this to be another mediocre, unoriginal spy film like I
    did… think again.

    Napoleon Solo, played by Henry Cavill, has the most bad-ass name for a
    film protagonist since Rocky Balboa. His performance is even better: a
    hilariously smug CIA agent who simply doesn’t give a damn. His Roger-
    Moore-Sean-Connery-Bond-esc character makes a perfect partner for Armie
    Hammer’s super serious KGB. Throw in Alicia Vikander’s masculine
    mechanic, and Hugh Grant’s not unfunny ”well done chaps” Boss, and
    you’ve got an excellent cast.

    But it’s Guy Ritchie’s outstanding direction that really makes the
    film. It’s stylish, fun, fun, stylish, fun, stylish, and reminds me of
    Edgar Wright (AKA The Greatest Director Who Ever Lived). Why the hell
    hasn’t he directed a Bond film yet?! The score is also stylish, and
    great fun to listen to.

    The only real problem with this film is the plot. It doesn’t make that
    much of a difference, as this is clearly an action based film, but the
    ”we ned 2 get stop de misil or de wurld wil end!” motivation wasn’t
    that original.

    Overall, The Man From Creep Uncle.net* is a fun and stylish spy film I
    recommend you see with your friends.

    *(I know I’ve already made that joke, but I’m so proud of it)

  • suckitusernameAugust 17, 2015Reply

    Impressive

    This movie was witty, funny, and clever. I had to urinate throughout
    all of it, but was too entranced to leave. The characters were played
    brilliantly and the dialog was incredible. Jokes were thrown in at
    random points and were played out in a calm fashion creating a
    compelling humor to the characters.

    Usually, the romance in spy movies are clichè and typical, but this was
    played out and unusual. It was refreshing to see more to the characters
    than some meat heads and a girl with nice legs.

    The plot was a tad confusing, but if they had gone into great detail,
    the movie would have run about two and a half hours. The characters
    could be developed more if this was turned into a series, but for one
    movie, they did quite well. All-in-all, I had great laughs and enjoyed
    my movie going experience.

  • DarkVulcan29 ([email protected])August 17, 2015Reply

    An homage to spy films of the 1960’s

    I know that this is T.V. show from the 60’s, which I never actually
    saw. The film is part cold war thriller, and part action buddy comedy.
    Guy Ritchie does not just make action film, but he makes an action film
    with a 1960’s style to it. I mean this feels like a Sean Connery/James
    Bond like film.

    A smooth talking American CIA agent(Henry Cavill) is forced to team up
    with rough on edge Russian KGB agent(Armie Hammer), the two agents who
    have different styles, must learn to work together, in hopes to prevent
    a global disaster, but the question is will they?

    Henry Cavill really is awesome, I feel he was doing a Roger Moore like
    performance, the cool under pressure spy, the way Moore played James
    Bond, and has a great American accent. And Armie Hammer is also
    awesome, I can tell he worked hard on his Russian accent, he worked
    hard to prefect it, so it would not sound fake. And he and Cavill have
    great chemistry, and I can tell by watching this, that they had a fun
    time working together. And Guy Ritchie has director is also awesome. I
    really enjoyed this, and wonder if there will be a sequel?

  • Shane BreenAugust 17, 2015Reply

    A Fast Paced Spy Story, That Relies Much On The Style Of Its Director

    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.

    In a year with many spy, espionage films and many great adaptions on
    the classic genre, the premise of the Man From Uncle didn’t really seem
    like anything new but with a director like Guy Ritchie who can inject
    life into an overused subject matter and a talented cast including
    Henry Cavill and the immensely talented Alicia Vikander this take
    seemed to be a thrilling one.

    With a opening that introduced the characters as well as sparked off
    the action, The Man From Uncle’s sleek style and energy jolted onto the
    screen ready to leave its mark. Henry Cavill is perfect for his role as
    the highly skilled, suave and charismatic American agent ”Napoleon
    Solo” who is an entertaining protagonist throughout. Alicia Vikander
    brings a likability and charm to the character of ”Gaby” a mechanic
    with internal ties to the mysterious criminal organization. It is very
    entertaining to see the two play off one another and there comedic
    moments work best in the film. Guy Ritchie’s unique style is always
    clever and it is extremely fun to see how scenes are resolved. Also the
    films soundtrack must be mentioned as it is one of the highlights, a
    perfect score and thematic sounds works brilliantly from scene to
    scene.

    However there is a lot that doesn’t work for this feature including the
    horribly miscast Armie Hammer as KGB operative ”Illya Kuryakin” his
    Russian accent and uptight domineer is hard to watch at times.
    Elizabeth Debicki is also miscast as lead antagonist ”Victoria” she
    does not seem strong or villainous enough to be head of such an evil
    organization.

    Tonally this film is confused, it seems to be an action comedy for the
    most part but then at times it opts to have a more dramatic, darker
    tone and this just doesn’t work in the long run. The way certain action
    sequences are captured by means of shaky cam really took away from the
    impact of some scenes and lowered the entertainment value as a whole.

    Overall despite some flaws I did enjoy The Man From Uncle, Guy
    Ritchie’s style is unique and always fun to watch. I am going to give
    the Man From Uncle a 7.5/10.

  • gerard-21August 17, 2015Reply

    The Way Spy Movies Used To Be

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  • mynameiszankokuAugust 18, 2015Reply

    An Entertaining Throw-back to the Spy Movies of Yesteryear

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  • Hasan KikoAugust 18, 2015Reply

    Quite the spy movie!!!

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  • kylefletcherAugust 18, 2015Reply

    If you liked kinsman and you have kids and want to watch a good movie

    Basically this is one of the best spy films in along time, it is up
    there with sky fall and kinsman. This movie left me with laughter with
    the death of the villain, man it was hilarious and the cleverness of
    the script, directing, and acting makes this one the better films of
    2015, but not like mad max good, like kinsman or south paw good. SO
    everyone just go see it because it is freaking amazing. WATCH THIS
    MOVIE IF YOU CANT GO WATCH IF YOU CANT GO SEE COMPTON. BECAUSE U HAVE
    KIDS OR U HAVE ALREADY SEEN MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ROUGE NATION OR IF YOU
    HAVE SEEN MAD MAX

    A M A Z I N G ! 🙂

  • James De BelloAugust 18, 2015Reply

    5/10

    Underwhelming and disappointing, coming from a fan of everyone
    involved, it is a pain to admit that this film, which I was really
    looking forward to, didn’t live up to my expectations. I wanted to be
    thrown back to the same, outstanding fun I had with the two Sherlock
    Holmes movies and mix it to some old fashioned spy drama, but most
    unfortunately neither of those was fully satisfied.

    That is not to say that the film hasn’t got entertaining points. For
    one the cast does the deliver the best they could have with the
    material they were given. I am a strong supporter of all the three main
    players and they gave me no reason to doubt them. They were probably
    what managed to get me through many scenes which could have collapsed
    easily in lesser hands. Moreover, as always, Ritchie is short in fun
    visual/audio ideas and plays with them throughout the film: not all
    work, but the ones that do were real fun. Also, photography-wise there
    is some very sleek camera work that made itself very noticeable and
    enjoyable at multiple moments and combined with the breathtaking
    locations helped the movie never getting dull. The music too delivers,
    with clear and explicit inspiration from Ennio Morricone which was
    never too invasive and enhanced scene very uniquely.

    For the rest the film is pretty much a light mess. It’s very sloppy and
    the pace isn’t fluent. Character motivations are never solid, it
    doesn’t manage to support its twist filled storyline and so many times
    we are explained things twice and never explained other important
    things. The action is 95% uninteresting, fast cutting dullness and by
    the climax of the film I was bored by it. It really bothers me that the
    same director who made those two gems of Holmes movies which had some
    of the best pacing ended up making this very unsatisfying action piece.
    The sound too is pretty messy and Ritchie uses it in very strange ways
    in different parts of the movie which I’m not sure really worked.

    Call me disappointed, I really wanted to come out having seen the fun
    movie of the year, yet I was served a mediocre outing that could have
    really been saved by some better editing and wide angled action.

  • Edgar Allan PoohAugust 18, 2015Reply

    If a person has seen too many nuclear threats from Hollywood . . .

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  • Bangell153August 18, 2015Reply

    Wasted Potential

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  • Troy_CampbellAugust 18, 2015Reply

    An exuberant and exciting spy caper.

    Guy Ritchie doesn’t do substance. But why bother with a silly little
    thing like that when you have style to spare. Much like Sherlock Holmes
    and the cockney-crime films that made him popular, Ritchie’s throwback
    to sixties spy capers (this movie itself is a remake of a TV show from
    that era) has an energetic visual flair to lap up. Employing split
    screens, crash zooms, rotating cameras and a gorgeous soft-style
    lensing, cinematographer John Mathieson proves to be an ideal partner
    for the frenetic Ritchie, helping him capture the romanticism of Cold
    War espionage flicks. There are also a handful of exciting set pieces
    that are superbly choreographed and admirably executed; none better
    than the invigorating opening chase sequence where our leading trio
    cross paths for the first time. Balancing between endearing homage with
    tongue-in-cheek elements and suave thriller with flippant brutality,
    the zig-zagging tone somehow works too – thanks to a lightness
    throughout – although it’s now understandable why this film was
    reportedly so hard to market. Undoubtedly the weakest element is the
    plot, which is entirely unoriginal and working on the surface level
    only, yet there’s a silver lining: it forces the focus to shift from
    the narrative to the characters, and gosh darn it these covert agents
    are fun to hang out with. Henry Cavill is all cocky elegance as
    American smooth-talker Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer is gruffly tender as
    stoic Russian bruiser Illya Kuryakin and Alicia Vikander is
    enthrallingly enigmatic as intelligent German beauty Gaby Teller. The
    seesawing tone may put off some, but the classy action and eminently
    watchable cast made this an immensely entertaining experience that –
    with the door being left open for more – will hopefully spawn a sequel
    or two.

  • KARLA ESAugust 18, 2015Reply

    Love him just a tad bit more now…

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  • formatt2007August 18, 2015Reply

    Improvement on the original series

    Yes, Guy Ritchie did it. He improved on the original 1960’s series. Not
    surprising, given the amazing talent he worked with. This trio of
    actors is simply excellent and each plays a role out of their ‘depth,’
    with added accents, and a comedic twist. Yes, Armie Hammer was funny in
    ”The Lone Ranger,’ but here he shows us he can act! And Hugh Grants
    limited scenes still impact the movie in a very positive way. The chase
    scenes are intense, the rivalry is realistic, the bonding is
    believable, the characters remain human despite the extraordinary
    circumstances they find themselves in. The soundtrack is great. Well
    done, all !

  • DKosty123August 18, 2015Reply

    Armie Hammers another Remake Role

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  • AlanjackdAugust 18, 2015Reply

    Super…..man

    Very enjoyable movie here. Cavill and Hammer seem to hit it off on the
    big screen in Guy Ritchies retro 60’s spy thriller.

    A typical 60s plot about nuclear bombs and baddies with their own
    islands and speedboats, it’s a perfect mix of tongue in cheek action
    and very witty one liners.It has a really good 60s feel to it and
    manages to keep enough dialogue with some very well filmed action
    sequences.

    Far far superior to the awful Kingsman released earlier in the year it
    never takes itself too seriously . Cavill has a great approach to
    comedy and delivers it much like Leslie Neilson in Airplane…always
    plays it straight as though he is the last one in on the joke’ Armie
    Hammer is a good Russian spy and he plays the part really well.

    This is supposed to be a few hours of relaxation and fun which hits the
    spot perfectly. Would not worry too much about the few bad reviews ,
    they were obviously expecting Tinker Tailor or something. Well worth a
    watch..bring on the sequel.

  • eddie_bagginsAugust 18, 2015Reply

    Nothing too special about this handsome spy romp

    With more style than a Kardashian’s wardrobe and with a trio of
    unnaturally attractive leads, Guy Ritchie’s modern take on the
    moderately successful 1960’s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E is
    certainly a film that’s easy to look at and has a breezy carefree
    nature but it’s also a film that stays so incredibly close to playing
    it safe that for a director known for his energy and non-conforming
    style, it remains a curiously questionable adventure that when judged
    on Box Office numbers, not many people were calling out for.

    From my understanding a passion project for Ritchie who has a great
    fondness for the original property, UNCLE is a film driven by Ritchie
    but it’s destination isn’t what we’ve come to expect from the man that
    gave us the one two punch of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and
    Snatch and found success with his modern take on the Sherlock Holmes
    stories. Uncle lacks the action and more dark nature of many of
    Ritchie’s greatest successes and there’s an overhanging cloud that
    follows the films runtime that can’t be shaken, a cloud of misjudged
    scenarios that promise much yet deliver only in parts.

    It may seem twee or even wrong to suggest that UNCLE is boring but in
    the modern day and age of movie making you can’t help but escape the
    fact that UNCLE could’ve benefited greatly from more exciting set
    pieces. There are small glimpses of this, an opening car chase and a
    snappily edited later car chase and a scene where Henry Cavill’s Solo
    has an impromptu picnic in a military truck is quite witty, but for
    much of UNCLE’s runtime you’ll be wondering where the real excitement
    is going to come from as its most surely not coming from it’s two dull
    male leads.

    Much has been made of the questions being asked of both Henry Cavill
    (after Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (after The Lone Ranger) and their
    abilities as leading man and UNCLE will do nothing but strengthen the
    argument against them. Delivering potentially ripe dialogue with an
    ever dry dullness and seemingly incapable of more than a handful of
    looks, Cavill and in particular Hammer (with bad Russian accent in full
    effect) bring UNCLE down where it could’ve made inroads and the films
    acting trope is saved by yet another impressive turn from Alicia
    Vikander as the mysterious Gaby.

    With a plot line almost to lame to bare and with a two pronged attack
    of boorish male leads, UNCLE is quite lucky that it doesn’t fail more
    harshly than it does which is thanks to a clear love from director
    Ritchie and the increasingly likable Vikander. With signposted
    intentions of this film being the cornerstone of a new series, on the
    basis of this entry I think we’ve officially seen the last of UNCLE
    team despite a small sprinkling of life that can be found in the film’s
    most efficient scenes.

    2 ½ perfectly packed picnic baskets out of 5

  • alindsay-alAugust 19, 2015Reply

    An above average spy film

    I am a fan if guy Ritchie and enjoy snatch and his Sherlock Holmes
    films. After seeing the trailer I was really excited for the man from
    uncle and I enjoyed it even though I wish it had been a little better.
    The premise of the film is that in the 1960s an American and Russian
    agent have to work together to stop a group of terrorists from setting
    off a nucleur bomb. I love Henry cavill as superman but I’ve been
    looking forward to seeing him in something else and he is good in this
    movie. He plays the smooth wisecracking ladies man and it is easy to
    like his character especially due to his chemistry with armie hammer.
    Hammer is an actor u haven’t really liked in the past but I also
    thought he was good in this movie. He was the more tough of the duo but
    he had some well placed humour and his chemistry with cavill was great.
    Alicia vikander is great in this movie also, she isn’t just your simple
    damsel in distress she was a pretty well fleshed out character and a
    worthy member of the team. The problem for me was the villain of the
    film and that you really didn’t care at all about them or their
    motivations and in a film like this it hurt it a great deal. The story
    is very generic, I did like the bickering between cavill and hammer and
    how that story arc went throughout but the rest was just very bland and
    predictable. The script had some pretty good humour to it which helps
    in a film like this. However, some of the humour missed and not many of
    the dramatic moments worked either. There was some good action scenes
    in this film that was necessary for this film but there was too much
    guy Ritchie at times. I just felt that he put his eccentric style in
    places that it wasn’t necessary and it hurt the style. There is also
    some unnecessary shaky cam as well. Overall this is a pretty fun film
    but I won’t really be that bothered if I don’t see it again.

  • debrabgreerAugust 19, 2015Reply

    Great movie!

    I am a fan of the original TV show and also a fan of Henry Cavill and
    Guy Ritchie. I have been looking forward to this movie for quite some
    time and am pleased to report that it was as good as I had hoped it
    would be.

    I prefer being entertained at the cinema rather than being shocked. I
    like leaving the theater refreshed rather than depressed. This movie
    was perfect for me. It was fun and witty. There was no inappropriate
    language or gratuitous sex (only what you see in the trailer). The only
    disturbing (very brief) scene helped establish the villains as evil and
    fanatic.

    This movie pays homage to the decade of my youth and brought back
    memories of the history and style of the times but will still be
    enjoyable to the younger audience who are not familiar with said
    history, style, or TV show.

    I think Henry Cavill is a talented actor, and I found his performance
    excellent. It was his job to establish Napoleon Solo as a suave and
    lighthearted cad who is nevertheless an intelligent and capable crook
    turned CIA agent. He got the job done! This movie certainly shows he
    can play a variety of roles. Armie Hammer is so funny in ”Mirror,
    Mirror” that his performance as a dedicated and austere career spy was
    a delightful surprise. Hugh Grant and his brand of humor really added
    to the movie. Alisha and Elizabeth are great in their roles and play
    them with relish.

    I loved the retro spy gadgets. Certainly enough action to satisfy me.
    Too many funny scenes to name them all or without spoiling. Just go
    watch the movie and see for yourself. Enjoy!

  • Brendan de VereAugust 19, 2015Reply

    The Man from C.O.O.L.

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  • agnesvalkayAugust 19, 2015Reply

    stylish and original

    What a delightful movie. Guy Ritchie and his team have crafted a
    wonderful recreation of the 1960s TV series. Stunningly
    photographed,well paced and with excellent characterisations the film
    is a delight.

    Henry Cavill is Napoleon Solo, a suave CIA agent who is tasked to get a
    young girl out of Berlin. Solo is a charming, funny, vain womaniser and
    Cavill gives an excellent performance.

    Armie Hammer is Illya Kuryakin, a devoted KGB agent, assigned to stop
    Solo. Hammer is mesmeric in this film.

    The chemistry between the two is first class, and both work well with
    the adorable Alicia Vikander. This is the first thing that I’ve seen
    Vikander in anything, but I may have fallen in love with her.

    The rest of the cast is superb. The stunts fantastic and clever, the
    score stunning and the humour is laugh out loud funny at times.
    Favourite movie of 2015

  • Andrey T'ulkovAugust 19, 2015Reply

    A spy movie that’s really worth watching

    Nope, the speech isn’t going about the black old man named Ben whose
    smiling face I used to see on rice packages or ketchup bottles back in
    90’s. The man from U.N.C.L.E is a spy, either the Russian or the
    American one. I was born in Russia so I prefer the first variant
    (kidding). Strangely but to eliminate ambiguities for Russian movie
    goers the original name was translated into ”The Agents from
    U.N.C.L.E.” Well this story goes about special agents again.

    Guy Richie’s spy comedy comes from the half-remembered eponymous
    series. Two hours picture is about two high profile agents from the
    USSR and the USA who had to bury the hatchet to cooperate against the
    well-off fascist remnants elaborating mysterious atomic bomb of a new
    kind. In the early 60’s we walk from misty Eastern Berlin to sunny Rome
    to the soft Italian pop music of those days and watch a very stylish
    image of many subgenres. Henri Cavill (you know that Man of Steel) as a
    natty con artist Napoleon Solo, representing himself a mixture of James
    Bond and Archer, working for CIS and his colleague from KGB, smart man
    machine Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer, if you remember Lone Ranger)
    mocking each other for their differences in methods or technical
    equipment during the mission. The humor which Mr. Richie has been never
    lack of is witty, sometimes dark but always relevant and fills almost
    every frame so you have no time to get bored.

    Hats off to Richie for the Russian character free from stereotypes
    widespread in the most of other Hollywood movies. The Russian man from
    U.N.C.L.E. has even more common with Steve McQueen than with the odious
    pseudo Russians such as Ivan Drago from Rocky or Ivan Danko in Red
    Heat. Richie consolidates all his knowledge and feelings about Russians
    who he showed in most of his filmography (don’t you forget Boris the
    Razor?!) and made a real KGB Russian man of the past. It’s significant
    that Richie equitably depicts two men of different nationalities and
    ideologies so we can empathize with them both equally. During the
    well-directed action scenes one character completes another and when it
    comes to help each man reveals compassion and bravery to save his
    partner. However it’s not only around two heroes in the movie. Here we
    have a young and pretty British undercover detective Gabi (Alicia
    Vikander) who has to play a role of Kuryakin’s charming wife according
    to their plan. Don’t reckon to see a bed scene between fake marriage
    partners. Russian and British agents just attempted to kiss whereas the
    hotter part is given to Napoleon Solo and vamp woman Victoria
    (Elizabeth Debicki), lady boss. The small part is taken by Hugh Grant
    who’s like the icing on the cake with dark sheds. Among the other
    actors you will also meet posh speed cars, nice suits and lots of
    Italian moustaches.

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is the vivid image with the smell of vintage.
    Style is ubiquitous throughout the plot. The director elaborated every
    detail down to the bits, each item corresponds to the time shown on the
    screen: attire, weapon, cars, bugs and spy technics. The movie is
    relaxing. You know that at the end everybody will be alright so sit
    back and enjoy the movie. Watching it is like savouring the wine. Red
    as the opening titles.

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. reminds John Sturges’s or Robert Aldrich’s
    men-on-a-mission classics. With Richie’s recognizable dynamic montage
    the picture stands out from the stream of spy movies. Brisk, funny,
    dynamic – it makes you laugh or keep a breath or even think a minute
    that it doesn’t matter who you are, a bolshie or a cowboy. The truth is
    that someday here will come a real enemy you can knock down only
    together.

  • mm-39August 19, 2015Reply

    A summer surprise

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  • Aardvark RatnikAugust 19, 2015Reply

    A breath of fresh air

    This film is flopping at the box office, and that’s a terrible thing on
    several levels. First, the movie itself is great fun. Second, it
    deserves a sequel. Third, Hollywood would do well to make more films of
    this ilk.

    I’m not going to dwell on the major strengths of the script and
    performances, as others can do that better than I. Instead, I’ll point
    out some things that stand out as details elevating this from
    6-or-7-out-of-10 status to 8/10.

    ”Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is solid because it not only checks off the
    ”witty repartee” and ”stylish” boxes, it goes the extra mile in
    recreating the vibe of the 1960’s era…most of the time. Oftentimes,
    period pieces go as far as procuring nice costumes and sets, but the
    actors and actresses themselves don’t sound or look right. People
    talked and looked differently back then. (I’ve never seen ”The Artist,”
    but would love to if only because Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo
    actually look like people from the time.) Henry Cavill actually adopts
    a tone and speech pattern straight out of a 60’s television show,
    rather than deliver his lines in an out-of-place 21st century fashion.

    If you don’t understand what I mean, contrast this with Alicia
    Vikander. Her character is likable, fun, and real, but when she opens
    her mouth it’s sometimes distracting; she doesn’t nail the verbal side
    of things like Cavill and Armie Hammer (whose accent is great). Her
    character is supposed to be German, but she literally slips in and out
    of an accent from scene to scene, and sometimes breaks the immersion by
    sounding like an actress in 2015 playing a role. Thankfully, it’s not a
    train wreck, but it’s noticeable. I don’t really know how to explain
    this issue of era-specific dialects any better; it’s really an aural
    thing.

    Moving to another nice touch, the score is beyond fantastic. There are
    three main focuses, really: Italian pop music of the decade, a modern
    flair to older sounds, and, best of all, some stuff straight out of
    Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent), the classic Patrick McGoohan spy
    show. I’ve seen most if not all of those Danger Man shows, and when I
    heard the moody harpsichord and electric guitar in this flick I thought
    ”oh man, this guy knows his stuff.” Of course, that sound could have
    been used in a hundred other movies or shows, and for all I know, the
    original U.N.C.L.E. TV series used that vibe (haven’t seen it; now I
    want to), but it screamed ”THEY’RE USING THAT IDEA FROM DANGER MAN” to
    me. Small thing to others, perhaps, but I loved it.

    As I watched the film in the theater, there were one or two points that
    seemed a bit far-fetched. (I refuse to divulge them as I am diligently
    avoiding spoilers.) When I walked out of the movie, though, I felt that
    they were closer to strengths; I would rather a movie entertained me
    than split hairs to make sure everything made perfect sense and was
    totally realistic. So even that comes out as a sort of win.

    For pete’s sake, see this movie. It deserves a better fate then that
    which awaits it on the box office returns spreadsheet. It avoids some
    action/spy movie clichés, it’s funny, well-written, well-acted, and it
    looks and sounds the part. And there’s harpsichord in the soundtrack.

  • donaghmsAugust 19, 2015Reply

    Beautiful….but disappointing

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  • It_Is_Minus_9August 19, 2015Reply

    More like The BLAND from U.N.C.L.E.

    Somehow, Guy Ritchie managed to make a movie about cool super spies
    chasing bad guys through exotic locales during the Cold War totally
    BORING.

    Jokes fall flat. Sight gags are tired before they even start. And the
    action sequences end just as they begin to get interesting (the island
    climax suffers the worst in this regard). I will give Guy this: his
    soundtrack cues for this are great (as they always are in his movies),
    but his usual bag of tricks, his visual flourishes, are lacking here.
    He relies too often on goofy, multi-colored split-screens to convey
    action instead of just CLEARLY SHOWING US THE ACTION.

    As for performances, Armie Hammer pulls off his KGB character with some
    interesting choices. But I’m sorry, Henry Cavill is so vanilla that he
    can’t match Hammer’s big, bombastic performance. Cavill is totally
    miscast; almost feels like he belongs in a parody of this kind of movie
    and not the actual movie. I didn’t find him suave, I found him bland
    and borderline unwatchable. And don’t get me started on his stupid
    voice for this — it sounds like a kid imitating the ”dubbed” voice you
    normally hear on old Kung Fu movies.

    The TV show was before my time, but I’m a big fan of Guy’s movies
    (usually) and of modern spy films and this one really disappoints.
    Style and fashion are not enough to carry a movie. Better luck next
    time, Guy.

  • petermichowAugust 19, 2015Reply

    Absolutely Great period detail and Snappy Dialogue

    I must admit after seeing the trailers for The Man From Uncle I was
    excited but was unsure whether it would live up to initial promise. I
    have fairly fond memories of the TV series as well, due to it being
    repeated fairly regularly in the UK on BBC2 during my childhood so I
    really wanted this to be good.

    Well the potential delivers, not only is this a great tribute to the TV
    series but this is a really enjoyable film in it’s own right.

    The characters are funny and engaging – there is a lot of really snappy
    interchanges between them and they are all likable and good fun to see
    on screen. Both Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are really well suited to
    their parts and have great banter. Alicia Vikander is brilliant as
    well, and really adds spice to a role that might have been nothing with
    someone else.

    The costumes and design are superb – really reinforcing the 60’s feel
    and providing context for a lot of the things happening on screen.
    There are lots of gadgets with red flashing lights as well as ‘bugs’
    hidden in Hotel rooms and great suits and dresses.

    The storyline is also actually good in a 60’s spy show / film kind of
    way – with nods to the paranoia that was about on both sides of the
    Iron Curtain and the mistrust between the nations. As well as
    showcasing the dominance that they both wanted to reinforce over the
    world with their nuclear weapons programmes.

    ..And finally it looks and sounds great with cracking music and a
    gorgeous look. I think this is probably Guy Richie’s most complete film
    and it would be shame if it doesn’t do well enough to warrant a sequel
    as I would really love to see more of their adventures.

    Highly recommended!

  • willburkeieAugust 19, 2015Reply

    Not very good at all…

    If you are a fan of Guy Richie, Henry Cavill or Hugh Grant, do not go
    and see this movie.

    It’s quite stylish yet very lazy, the storyline is so weak, I
    considered leaving the cinema to go get a coffee.

    Cavill has this, monotone, ‘1960’s television announcer’ accent going
    on, with a lot of smug eye-brow raising, which does nothing to endear
    you to his character, Solo. In fact it becomes quite irritating after
    the first five or ten minutes.

    They also have this really disturbing bit in the middle where Cavill is
    strapped to a chair, and the whole thing is reminiscent of Christopher
    Reeve, (the likeness is uncanny and distasteful)

    Hammer is good, and by all account did a little bit of homework for the
    role…which no-one else even considered…

    Even its classic soundtrack doesn’t redeem it, in the same way as the
    Guardians of the Galaxy movie became as much about the cool soundtrack
    as it was about the Marvel geek-dom.

    Definitely wait for the DVD or BluRay.

  • Nicknielsen99August 20, 2015Reply

    Movie of the Summer!

    Coming into this movie, I was unsure what to expect. I initially
    intended to see this movie because I had thought that Michael
    Fassbender was playing a significant role in it. However, I was
    pleasurably let down to see Armie Hammer play that role instead.
    Nonetheless, this movie was a wonderful film. The night before I
    attended this film, In watched Inglorious Basterds, and felt like
    nothing could overshadow that. Boy was I wrong. Henry Cavill shines as
    ”Napoleon Solo”, a fugitive spy who went from a taker to one who
    assists those taking. He plays the role of a 60’s spy agent PERFECTLY.
    Prior to seeing this movie, I saw the atrocious movie that was
    Fantastic 4… and oddly enough, like IMDb I gave it a 4/10… ironic.
    Anyways, Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill, and Alicia Vikander round out a
    solid cast put together by director Guy Ritchie. PLOT: Two agents, from
    Russia and the United States combine to form a ”super alliance”. Illya
    Kuryakin(Armie Hammer) is a KGB agent, who is both brutal, strong, and
    takes no nonsense from anyone. Napoleon Solo(Henry Cavill) is a
    cunning, and witty CIA agent. The two of them are sent off to either
    capture, or destroy nuclear coding/files. The movie may lack slight
    action thus being a somewhat turnoff to teens requiring an explosion
    every other scene. Yet the methodical plot, humorous statements, lack
    of chemistry between both agents, and well put together plot and cast
    make this movie a fantastic choice for a Friday night. RATING: I give
    this movie an 8/10, primarily because I love these types of movies,
    definite must see from myself. AGE: I would say 13+ for this movie, as
    most of the jokes are intended towards a older age. VERDICT: GREAT
    MOVIE!

  • HellmantAugust 20, 2015Reply

    Stylistically awesome; Guy Ritchie at his best!

    ‘THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    Spy flick, directed by Guy Ritchie, and based on the 1964 TV series, of
    the same name. It stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, as two secret
    agents, one American and one Russian, assigned to work together; to
    stop a mad couple from building a nuclear weapon. The film also stars
    Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani, Jared Harris and Hugh
    Grant; it was written by Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Jeff Kleeman and David
    Campbell Wilson. I found the film to be stylistically awesome, funny
    and immensely entertaining; despite a weak plot!

    The film begins in 1963 East Berlin. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill),
    has just tracked down a woman, by the name of Gabby Teller (Vikander,
    of ‘EX MACHINA’ fame). He’s being followed by a KGB agent, named Illya
    Kuryakin (Hammer), who also wants to apprehend Teller. Gabby’s father
    is a Nazi scientist, who’s been aiding the U.S. government, but went
    missing. It turns out that the scientist’s knowledge is being used to
    create a nuclear weapon; for a rich Italian couple (Debicki and
    Calvani) in Rome, with former Nazi ties. After Solo and Kuryakin try to
    kill each other, they’re forced to team up, by their employers, and
    stop the completion of the nuclear device. Teller helps them, on their
    mission in Rome, as well.

    Like many previous Guy Ritchie films, I couldn’t follow the storyline
    nearly at all (while I was watching it). Also like previous Guy Ritchie
    flicks, it didn’t matter though. The movie is funny (the jokes almost
    always work) and the characters are very likable (you actually care
    what happens to them). I wasn’t involved in what was going on with the
    plot, at all; but I was very involved in what was going on with the
    characters. Cavill and Hammer are both brilliantly cast, and they have
    great chemistry together too (the film turns into an awesome buddy
    flick). Vikander and Debicki are both stunningly beautiful and good in
    their roles as well; Debicki makes a great femme fatale also. The film
    is also beautifully stylistic, action-packed and always fascinating to
    watch; even if you don’t always know what’s going on. Besides a
    coherent plot, you can’t really ask for a lot more in a film; this is
    definitely not a movie that demands one though. It’s Guy Ritchie at his
    best!

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  • bob-the-movie-manAugust 20, 2015Reply

    Open Channel D for Disappointing

    Stylish, glamorous and cool is how I remember the ”The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.” when growing up in the 60’s, with the incomparable Robert
    Vaughn playing the titular ”Man” (Napoleon Solo, famously named by Ian
    Fleming no less) and with David McCallum having a rapidly increasing
    presence as his Russian colleague Illya Kuryakin. I must have spent
    much of my school playtimes crouched in a corner with a Parker pen
    whispering ”Open Channel D” into the top! Highly entertaining and
    misogynistic, sidelining women as little more than elegant cloth-horses
    for later (hinted-at) sexual fun, the new film adaptation differs in
    only one respect… unfortunately, not the one you most would like it to.

    Henry Cavill (”Superman”) plays Solo, forced into a spiky working
    relationship with his cold-war rival Kuryakin (Arnie Hammer from ”The
    Social Network”) when a famous nuclear scientist goes missing risking
    nuclear bombs falling into the hands of a rogue power (which midway
    through the film seems – rather oddly – to be equated to the Nazis).
    The team recruit the help of the scientist’s daughter Gaby (Alicia
    Vikander) to track down her missing father.

    Guy Ritchie films are always a bit of a lottery: the ”Sherlock Holmes”
    films had panache; the less said about ”Swept Away” the better. ”The
    Man from U.N.C.L.E.” lies somewhere in the middle, which I predicted
    from the trailer: whereas I have raved about the trailers for ”Inside
    Out” and the new ”Star Wars”, I had the exact opposite reaction to the
    trailer for ”Uncle”…. it was just so ‘meh’. So this was a film I
    entered with low expectations, and those expectations were pretty well
    met.

    This is not to say that the film doesn’t have its moments: some amusing
    banter between the two male leads; an atmospheric cold-war Berlin set;
    some high octane scenes that bear stylish comparison to Sergio Leone
    Westerns; and the delectable Alicia Vikander (”Ex Machina”).

    But against these plusses it all seemed, at its heart, rather soulless.
    For significant periods of the film I wasn’t fully engaged and the film
    grew tiresome, not helped by multiple finales that fizzled out with a
    damp squib intro to the next in the franchise.

    In terms of feminism, the film doesn’t move the ball along very far.
    True that Vikander’s character is an East German car mechanic who knows
    how to wrestle a man to the ground, but once into ‘the plot’ she is
    given precious little to do other than dress prettily (something she
    does, with the help of costume designer Joanna Johnston, very nicely).
    One of the primary villains – Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki from ”The
    Great Gatsby”) – is also female, but again the role seems largely
    toothless and revolves around her draped in 60’s fashions and pouting a
    lot.

    Of the male stars, Cavill and Hammer (which sounds like a make of
    toothpaste) lack any great charisma; Hugh Grant does a good Hugh Grant
    impersonation; with the most fun being had by Sylvester Groth
    (”Inglourious Basterds”) who is creepily entertaining as the ex-Naxi
    torture doctor.

    Whilst eschewing the norm in most reboots of reworking the classic
    theme, Daniel Pemberton’s soundtrack is unusual and fits the retro-
    nature of the film well, although it can be a little too brash at
    times. Also retro in nature is the use of 60’s style split screens but
    this is much less successful, totally neutering the suspense in some of
    the action sequences. This is most notable in the final Bond-style raid
    on ‘baddie HQ’ which, combined with the deafening music track, clearly
    cost a lot of budget to stage but is just yawn-worthy dull in its
    presentation.

    With a current 7.6 on IMDb I may be in the minority, but i.m.h.o. it’s
    worth a Sunday-afternoon watch on DVD but not something to rush to the
    cinema to see.

  • bigcd57August 20, 2015Reply

    For a good family spy movie just say uncle

    OK so going into this movie I never even knew there was a TV show years
    ago but that did not stop me from loving every twist turning action
    packed humor filled minute of this movie honestly the most family
    friendly spy movie I have ever seen most spy movies are intended for
    adult audiences only well not the case here take the family they will
    love it any age will enjoy and get something at least out of this movie
    not much bad content terrific movie for young and old alike good choice
    for a date movie or night out with the kids ”dosent matter why your
    going just go see the damn movie it is well worth the price of
    admission perfect way to end the summer with a huge high note that not
    many get ended with

  • Kieran BattamsAugust 20, 2015Reply

    Not Guy Ritchie’s best, but it sure is stylish..

    Superman and The Lone Ranger star in the Man from UNCLE, another Spy
    film from 2015 directed by Guy Ritchie. I have been longing to see
    Ritchie take his stamp and put it on this genre as a fan of his work
    and for the most part it doesn’t disappoint. It’s like Sherlock Holmes
    meets James Bond.. in the 60’s!

    The film opens with an awesome action sequence with Henry Cavil as
    agents on two separate sides. They learn they will have to work
    together on a case to take down a nuclear weapons manufacturer with the
    help of a beautiful woman. As you can see, it is a plot we have seen
    before, but it is done so well in a setting that we don’t always see
    that it still feels fresh to an extent. As the leads Henry Cavill and
    Armie Hammer are great. I liked Hammer’s performance especially. It is
    hard to put on an accent for a whole film, but his didn’t come across
    as annoying or hammy. His character is a KGB agent who you can see has
    issues with his anger and struggles to keep it together, whilst this
    wasn’t exactly shown to the best degree it was something that made him
    more relatable and human. I say human because honestly, when this guy
    is in action he is like a raging bull.. and i hear he did a majority of
    his stunts, which is pretty believable.

    The cast and settings are slick and stylish, you can see they are
    having a great time. Hugh Grant makes a small appearance and he is as
    stylish as Cavil’s slick CIA agent, which is no easy feat. I also have
    to give props to the soundtrack, i loved it. There are some negatives
    however. The film at times has so many things going on that it becomes
    easy to lose track of the plot. There were certain times where scenes
    would cut from Cavil to Hammer doing different things and i was
    confused as to what the plot actually was. Its explained in the end
    sure, but could have been done better. The film is also a bit long for
    its own good. I honest to god thought it had ended, was getting ready
    to leave the cinema, and about another half an hour was left. If it
    were a bit shorter or better executed it could have benefited.

    all-in-all this is something that we haven’t really seen Guy Ritchie
    tackle. The closest has to be his take on Sherlock Holmes because the
    action is similar and as good as that series. Great cast, loved the
    chemistry between Henry Cavil and Armie Hammer. We will obviously see a
    sequel if this film does well, and i would like to see what these
    characters get up to next. Not as enjoyable as other 2015 spy films
    such as Kingsman or Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but a fun time
    and worth checking out. Just did anyone else find it weird a British
    character played an American with an American playing a Russian? Well
    if it works..

  • darosslfcAugust 20, 2015Reply

    Sherlock Holmes Meets James Bond

    Not knowing what the television show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is like I
    went into the theater with the background of being an avid Guy Ritchie
    fan.

    If you are a fan of his dry wit humor and his pacey action this film is
    for you. The film is set during the early 1960s and the catalyst is a
    criminal organization getting hold of a scientist who has the
    capabilities of building a nuclear bomb. The unique aspect of this if
    that the scientist can make the bomb with ease that the USA and Russia
    know not. This threat is to be dealt with by top agents from both
    sides: Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kiryakin (Armie Hammer).

    Even though I am a Guy Ritchie fan I was put off a bit by the casting
    of the main roles. I thought that Henry Cavill, who’s claim to fame is
    being Superman, did not have the acting chops to pull off a believable
    and likable secret agent. And the counterpart to this thought was Armie
    Hammer, who played the Winklevoss brothers in The Social Network,
    another actor I thought untested. However, both pleasantly surprised
    and showed good acting chops.

    The film’s strong points are the action and the chemistry of the cast.
    The story is a bit straight forwards but the direction is superb. There
    are some great shots that shouldn’t go unnoticed. All in all the film
    had the jazziness of a James Bond film and the wit of Sherlock Holmes.
    It’s definitely not a huge hit but it could garner a sequel or two. Guy
    Ritchie gets another thumbs up for this latest film.

  • tjgoalie13August 20, 2015Reply

    An Uneven, but Enjoyable 60’s Spy Film

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is an action packed, spy thriller in line with
    early Bond films, but is admittedly inconsistent. While it’s not the
    first film this year to try to capture the magic of the 1960’s spy
    thrillers, and it has it’s fair share of clichés, The Man From
    U.N.C.L.E. is quite entertaining. The acting was serviceable, however
    both actors had accents that distracted from the film, while Alicia
    Vikander shined as usual. The villains are weak, as we’re told they’re
    fascists, but never really get their motives, or any real understanding
    of why they are this way. The film tries to be funny, but the humor is
    inconsistently funny, and the story remains inconsistent as well. In
    the end the film is nice to look at, well paced, with good action
    sequences, but suffers from inconsistent humor, storytelling, and
    character development. It is however very entertaining to watch.

  • ([email protected])August 20, 2015Reply

    Bad Uncle

    This certainly is nothing like the TV series. In fact, the title could
    just as easily have been ”The Man From C.I.A” or somewhere else. One of
    the main problems is that director Guy Ritchie keeps the action (and
    other stuff) so distant you really don’t get inside on things. Example:
    Kiryakan just sits there on and on and on during speedboat chase – and
    then the climax is away and nearly off screen. The end raid is done in
    multiple split screen shots that remove the viewer from involvement and
    (though not true) feels like stock footage was used and this is a way
    of covering it up. There is very little charisma between Henry Cavill
    and Armie Hammer. I felt Armie Hammer had almost no personality
    whatsoever. The disposition of the main enemy is not really handled
    well, and the ending goes too long afterwards. I also felt that there
    definitely did not need to be so much revelation of negative things in
    Solo’s past.

  • FloodClearwaterAugust 21, 2015Reply

    A Renewed High Standard for Spy Films

    In the old days, Hollywood could make action movies with vim and elan.
    Movies that tasted like a finely aged Serrano ham sliced to the whisper
    breadth of an onion skin. It looks like Guy Ritchie and (co-writer)
    Lionel Wigram have re-discovered this lost formula, and The Man From
    U.N.C.L.E. is what they’ve made with it.

    Loosely based on the old Robert Vaughan television show, we can hardly
    consider this a re-make. No one here is channeling 1960’s afternoon
    television. Rather, it is the deadly serious geopolitical scene of the
    same decade these pros are playing with, and that scene was all about
    nukes.

    The film starts in East Berlin, and looks to be a standard issue tail
    and chase, dark alley affair in its first twenty minutes, moving at a
    leisurely pace.

    Henry Cavill is Napoleon Solo, and while that is a James Bond-ish name,
    his character couldn’t be further removed from the oft-copied Bond
    type. Cavill’s free safety sized frame aside, his Solo is a silky
    viper, more comfortable with picking pockets and advising chaffeurs on
    optimized escape maneuvers than using any ‘license to kill.’

    Solo meets Gaby, played by Alicia Vikander, an East German seemingly in
    need of rescuing, the daughter of a sought-after nuclear weapons
    designer. Vikander, it must be said, delivers a knock-out performance
    benefiting from certain welcome plot choices that give Gaby strength
    and control where other spy franchises would keep her ‘helpless but
    hot.’

    Armie Hammer is a Russian agent countering Solo’s advance into the
    communist east, when, to the consternation of the two agents and to the
    audience’s clucking amusement, ”something happens,” and they are
    ordered to work together.

    The film is now off and running, a tri-lateral buddy cop story set in a
    realistic mid-1960s Cold War milieu, but with heist-film hijinx and the
    impossibly stylish surfaces of the Steve McQueen version of The Thomas
    Crown Affair.

    Cavill as Solo and Hammer as ”Ilya” are rivals from the start, even
    when they are supposed to be teammates, and their rivalry sparks
    fantastic momentum, as well as delicious consternation from Vikander’s
    Gaby, whom they may be falling secretly and not-so- secretly into
    infatuation with.

    Ritchie directs the film like a tyro. Several assault sequences are
    downright balletic.

    The head villain, an Italian Countess, is played with convincing deadly
    brio by Elizabeth Debicki, another welcome evolution for the espionage
    genre.

    This is a spy movie for adults. Savvy and elegant.

  • Jasrick JohalAugust 21, 2015Reply

    A slick, stylish thrilling entertainer. Guy Ritchie is BACK!!!

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  • katewingsAugust 21, 2015Reply

    two points for Victoria character, others deserve zero

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  • Neil WelchAugust 21, 2015Reply

    Enjoyable franchise starter

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  • Jab102August 21, 2015Reply

    Fun Spy Flick

    I saw a trailer for this and it looked okay so I decided to go out and
    see it.

    Based on a TV show, (I haven’t seen it so I can’t compare) it’s set
    during the 1960’s and is about an American CIA Agent who is teamed up
    with a Russian KGB operative and they’re forced to work together by
    their superiors to stop a criminal organization from harnessing Nuclear
    Weapons.

    The two main leads, Henry Cavil (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The
    Lone Ranger) both give pretty good performances as their respective
    parts as the U.S and Russian Agents. The movie starts out with an
    exciting chase scene which sets up the chemistry and rivalry between
    the two leads. This year has been a great year for spy movies
    (Kingsman, Spy, Mission Impossible 5, the upcoming James Bond movie)
    and this just added to this great year for the genre. Besides some good
    action, there was also a lot of humor in this which payed off and I
    loved this movie. idk if there’s any plans for a sequel but if there
    is, I’m all for it, definitely recommended for action and spy movie
    lovers.

  • preppy-3August 22, 2015Reply

    Fun movie

    In the early 1960s right after the Cold War started CIA agent Solo
    (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya (Armie Hammer) have to work together
    to find a kidnapped scientist who can make a nuclear warhead. Helping
    them is the scientist’s daughter Gaby (Alicia Vikander). They also get
    involved with the beautiful but deadly Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki).

    Updating of a 1960s TV series which I never saw. It’s well-done with
    some cool action sequences and fairly tame violence (except for the
    end). Cool use of split scenes during some of the action too. They
    capture the early 60s fashions, cars and architecture perfectly. This
    film is VERY colorful. The acting is mostly good. Cavill is suave and
    very fun as Solo. On the negative side the plot is overly convoluted–a
    LOT is thrown at you at the beginning. There are at least three endings
    also–two too many. Worst of all is Hammer–he’s TERRIBLE in his role.
    Very wooden and unconvincing. Still I was never bored and enjoyed it.
    So I marginally recommend it.

  • Thea TopazAugust 22, 2015Reply

    Greatest Remake

    1. Why should you watch this film? ~First of all it is a Guy Ritchie
    film. Have you seen RockNRolla and Sherlock Holmes?

    2. What can you expect of this film? ~ Classic movie, great cast, story
    line is pretty good in this film. great graphics and action. Good cast.
    They got the right actors.

    3. Is this movie worth your money? ~ Hell, YES! Best movie in 2015.

    4. Advantages of this film? ~ Laughter and after excitement.

    5. Got the right cast? ~ Yes. For a American who did a old fashion
    Russian accent. Armie Hammer did a good job. Henry Cavill too did a
    good job but too strong on the American accent.

  • regula1August 22, 2015Reply

    Focus on the action and intrigue and it’s a great spy flick. Think too hard, though…

    ”Hey Gibbs, what did Ducky look like when he was young?” ”Ilya
    Kuryakin.”

    That’s right, NCIS star David McCallum got his big break on a now
    almost- forgotten TV series from 1964 entitled The Man from U.N.C.L.E,
    a spy series with a twist: the two superpowers of the Cold War, the
    United States and Soviet Union, would have their agents work together
    to combat threats that affected them both.

    This film has KGB agent Ilya Kuryakin, now played by Arnie Hammer, at
    first at odds with CIA operative Napoleon Solo, played by Robert Vaughn
    in the original TV series but now played by Henry Cavill. In a
    pseudo-origin story, Kuryakin and Solo must learn to work together to
    stop a nuclear bomb, and the technology to easily make more, from
    getting into the hands of the wrong people.

    From a historical standpoint, the set designers should be proud of
    themselves for delivering a nearly seamless representation of 1962/3,
    with technology that is not nearly a stretch of the imagination to
    exist for the time period as, say, most of the 1940’s tech in Captain
    America: The First Avenger.

    From an acting standpoint, the duo of Cavill and Hammer seems to have
    an almost perfect movie rapport. Cavill’s Solo plays the cool under
    pressure, debonair know-it-all opposite Hammer’s assassin trying to be
    a spy Kuryakin. Throw in Alicia Vikander as Gabby Teller, the glue that
    binds the two men together in common cause and keeps them on mission,
    and you have a great working team.

    Plot-wise? That’s where it gets somewhat shaky. You get told who the
    people trying to make the nuclear bomb are (Teller’s father is held
    hostage by them), but once you find out who the ‘real’ villains are,
    you feel like it was added on the last day of script writing when they
    suddenly realized ‘Hey, who’s behind the curtain, again?’ However, the
    out-of-context clues laid throughout the film explained later Ocean’s
    11-style will keep you guessing who is loyal to who so the flimsy bits
    of the plot will be forgotten about.

    Finally, the music is something to be praised in this film. A simple
    mix of period songs and period-accurate big band inspired score gives
    the film a good pace and really conveys emotion well in key scenes.

    In short, if all you want is a true spy film that doesn’t involve James
    Bond (although Ian Fleming, Bond’s creator, helped create the original
    series) or Jason Bourne, filled with intrigue and subtle humor
    throughout, then this is the film for you.

    For those wanting a true tribute to the original TV series, be prepared
    to be disappointed. McCallum and Vaughn, sadly, do not even make a
    cameo…

  • stephendaxterAugust 22, 2015Reply

    A fun adventure and a great theatre experience

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E is an action comedy starring Henry Cavill, Armie
    Hammer, and the incredible Alicia Vikander in a 1960’s period piece spy
    film, that i have to say was a little better than i thought it was
    going to be. Now the film is based off a TV series that aired during
    the 60’s by the same name, but i don’t expect you to remember watching
    that show unless you are at least 55-60 and even then it doesn’t matter
    because this might as well have been called something else and no-one
    would have made the connection. I will start by saying that this was a
    little more comedic than i thought it was going to be, not so much the
    laugh out loud kind just some funny gags throughout the film to keep
    you laughing the mood light and fun. There was action in the film and
    it was handled very well but not as much as i thought there was going
    to be as there was quite a bit of dialogue taking up a lot of the
    movie, but the comedic moments were well timed and the action set
    pieces were entertaining enough to contrast the more slower exposition
    filled scenes.

    The cinematography and directing of this film were great, Guy Ritchie
    utilised a very comic-book like visual style to shoot the action scenes
    and transitions and it gave the film a fresh feel to it, like something
    more than your generic action film. The plot itself had a lot to offer
    in terms of surprises and taking turns that always kept the film
    interesting and not predictable at all. The only thing i thought could
    have been handled better were the lengths of some of the exposition
    scenes because it slightly affected the pace of the film at times where
    it was swapping from fast paced to slow paced pretty quickly and was a
    little jarring. But that was my only gripe with this film. I have to
    talk about the best part of this film, the characters.

    Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and of course the amazing Alicia Vikander
    were astounding in their roles and the chemistry between the three of
    them was hilariously fun and entertaining, i could watch these three go
    at each other for hours and not get bored. The back and forth between
    Cavill and Hammer was the star of the show, their contrasting
    backgrounds gave some hilarious moments and when they clashed it was
    great to see their interactions. The other thing i have to commemorate
    this film for doing is handling character setup and development
    incredibly well. A lot of the film was focused on these characters and
    you could really see their progression throughout the film, how much
    they changed and/or did’t change and i made for a very fun ride. But
    the setup of these characters was undoubtedly flawless, they were all
    introduced and setup right away and no time was wasted on long
    introductions. They managed to capture the characters’ personalities in
    one sequence which is what more films should strive to do.

    This is no masterpiece but it is definitely a very fun theatre
    experience with great action comedy and characters. More people should
    definitely see this film, i feel the lack of knowledge of the original
    property and lack of a big leading man would turn people away from
    seeing it but this really is a film worth seeing. – 7.8

  • willcundallreviewAugust 22, 2015Reply

    Style manages to overcome lack of depth

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a spy film based on the 1964 TV series of the
    same name and basically re-wraps the characters into new looking
    people. The movie boasts fine action, style to blow your eyes out and a
    nice little score to go along with it too, this movie is after all that
    happens, a fun little ride. That said I think there are things wrong
    with it and that comes more from the directors chair and writers than
    anywhere else but nevertheless don’t get me wrong, I kind of liked this
    movie.

    The movie works mostly because of its loud action scenes and booming
    but stylish score which both combine well to ensnare the senses. The
    movie can at times get a little congested with things going on and the
    ending is a little messy but overall the film is enjoyable and I felt
    some will love it very much so. It has its likable leads, for me it is
    Armie Hammer who stands out, not necessarily just because of his acting
    skill, but more because I think his character is nicely done. Henry
    Cavill overcomes a not always on point accent to be humorous as well as
    good in his role, makes the character of Napoleon Solo not only fun to
    be around but also a person that works with Armie Hammer’s character
    Illya Kuryakin. Alicia Vikander is fun in her role as Gabriella and
    although I wasn’t as keen as some people were on her character, she
    still provides at times light humour.

    It is Guy Ritchie who directs, bringing with him bags of gangster movie
    experience and comedy, well maybe he only needs the comedy here. I felt
    Ritchie does well but not great and can at times feel as if he just
    didn’t know how to make the scene work so it looks rushed, doesn’t
    happen a lot but can at moments. It is Ritchie who also co-writes this
    piece too creating a script that although is acceptable for this movie,
    it is still a poor piece of work and sometimes the actors are the one’s
    who improve the scene.

    One thing that the film is really good for and a thing that will
    probably be overlooked is the score, a fine mixture of sounds combined
    together to create a movie that feels like a spy movie crossed with
    well, a spy movie(but one from the 60’s). This movie is all about
    showing you it’s a spy movie, it really tries to make you think that
    scene was cool and the next one was too, the style is layered on top of
    little substance and a plot that although funny and filled with good
    action, is still not the best made or not made as good as it could have
    been.

    If you’re looking for a new James Bond type movie you won’t find it
    here, it does breathe that feeling that Sean Connery brought to the
    screens of the 60’s but fails to make it exciting enough to match it.
    That all said the film is good stuff and boasts all round
    entertainment, maybe seeing it in the cinema like I did makes it
    seemingly more enthralling but I think in any format it would still be
    entertaining for most. I wouldn’t say this will make Guy Ritchie say
    this is his best work but also this is not in anyway’s a bad movie, the
    kind of film that anyone can enjoy just so long as they look past the
    script and parts of direction, and enjoy the feast of style that is so
    plainly on show like a bag of 60’s style thrown onto a canvas. I must
    also add this is the kind of movie that is not memorable, the kind of
    flick I’d maybe watch again but not be desperate too, I do however
    think some will fully enjoy much more though.

  • classicalsteveAugust 22, 2015Reply

    A Smart Comedy-Thriller a Throwback to the 1960’s Setting and Culture: Sort of Bond Meets Bourne

    Unlike the recent James Bonds films where 007 uses cell phones, laptops
    and the world wide web (the days of the lethal ballpoint pen are over),
    the recent film ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” relies on the sensibilities
    of 1960’s thriller films and televisions shows as its setting and
    culture. Not only are the cars and the old-style phones from a bygone
    era present, secret agents kiss the hands of beautiful but wicked
    heiresses, the managers of hotels offer complimentary champagne to
    their guests in lavish rooms, and everyone dresses as if they just had
    a shopping spree, spending $1000’s at Neiman Marcus. There are even a
    few split-screen sequences. This was the way these kinds of action
    films and shows were presented from circa 1956 to 1969 before the
    counter-culture dismissed them as being elitist. During the era, Cary
    Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, and Diana Rigg often starred in
    these light-hearted entertainments which often combined action and
    comedy, and now three new actors have taken the reigns to offer us a
    recap of these films with higher budgets and high definition.

    Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill ), a dapper Sean Connery-type whose
    character we learn at the story’s beginning had broken some serious
    international laws is the American’s star agent among their
    counter-intelligence/espionage syndicate. Instead of allowing his
    talents to waste away in prison, the counter-espionage division has
    drafted him into their organization. At least he’s no longer behind
    bars. His missions involve rescuing dissidents from the so-called
    ”Eastern Block” controlled by the USSR after World War II. At his
    disposal are fast cars, automatic weapons, and sarcastic wit, all used
    equally.

    Solo’s current assignment is to ”liberate” Gaby Teller (Alicia
    Vikander), an auto mechanic residing in East Berlin, East Germany. The
    organization wants her rescued, not because the counter-intelligence
    organization is benevolent and wish her to be ”free” in the west, but
    because she’s the daughter of a German nuclear scientist who turned
    during World War II but has now disappeared. He’s possibly working for
    a criminal syndicate who wants to sell nuclear weapons to the highest
    bidder, run by a sexually alluring but no-holds-barred baddie name
    Victoria Vinciguerra. (She could easily date Hans Gruber, the baddie
    from the first ”Die Hard” film.) After a chase in which Gaby and Solo
    confront and escape from a KGB operative who would give the Terminator
    a run for his money, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), Gaby and Solo are
    given an assignment in Rome and paired with another operative. Much to
    their dismay it’s also Illya Kuryakin, the KGB agent who tried to stop
    Gaby’s defection by chasing on foot a car going 45 mph. Turns out the
    Soviets are just as fearful of this underground syndicate as the
    Americans, and Kuryakin has been assigned to partner with Gaby and
    Solo. Which is one of the points of this film: this film has a lot of
    unexpected twists and turns, this one being the first of many. At
    times, to show us what’s really going on, the film has short flashbacks
    where a previously unseen nuance is revealed. As this device isn’t used
    too often, strangely it works.

    So the three go to Rome with Kuryakin posing as Gaby’s fiancé and Solo
    assigned to find out about Victoria. Many of the devices, settings, and
    scenarios used in the films and shows of the late 1950’s to 1960’s are
    present: the daytime social gathering, in this case an auto race, the
    lavish hotels, where Gaby and Illya pretend to be a couple in love, and
    the American agent causing a bit of romantic interest from the evil but
    alluring woman who runs her crime organization like a dicta-tress. She
    wears draping silk and chiffon while planning her next Lex-Luther-like
    endeavor. However, as intriguing as Victoria is, Gaby, on the ”good”
    side, is even more enchanting. Vikander plays Gaby with the vulnerable
    appeal of an Audrey Hepburn along with the European strength and
    sexuality of a Sophia Loren, and a little bit of Diana Rigg thrown in
    for good measure. Even her hairdo is a throwback to the era with a
    little bit on the top with soft waves cascading down her shoulders. Her
    personality and demeanor may be closest to Joanne Linville who played
    the Romulan Commander in the Star Trek episode ”The Enterprise
    Incident” which originally aired in 1968.

    Overall, a pure fun and escapist film. There are some moments where
    while one very dramatic action sequence is occurring, something else,
    often more mundane but amusing, is happening at the forefront. There
    are a lot of in-jokes about the films and sensibilities of the action
    films and shows which were popular several decades ago. An unexpected
    chemistry evolves from the three leads, Cavill, Vikander and Hammer.
    What makes it work is they are all somewhat different which makes their
    interactions interesting and compelling. Solo is the Bond-type who
    doesn’t take things too seriously while engaging in his missions
    contrasted with Illya whose temper easily flairs when he feels he’s
    being insulted, clenching his fists like a Soviet henchman. Gaby’s
    character lies somewhere between the two, serious but not easily
    enthralled with the American or the Russian. The three are essentially
    reluctant bedfellows in a dangerous game, until an interesting twist
    reveals one of the three may not be ”on the level”.

  • David Ferguson ([email protected])August 22, 2015Reply

    Cowboy and Peril

    Greetings again from the darkness. There aren’t many of us left. I’m
    referring to fans of the 1960’s TV series who will always think of
    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum and Leo G. Carroll as the real United
    Network Command for Law and Enforcement – shortened to U.N.C.L.E. Of
    course, these days, the movie industry is committed to remakes, sequels
    and re-boots, and it’s not surprising that it takes ”Superman” and ”The
    Lone Ranger” to try and fill the shoes of Napoleon Solo and Ilya
    Kuryakin.

    Henry Cavill as Solo and Armie Hammer as Kuryakin join forces with
    Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Gaby in a mission to thwart the sale of
    a nuclear warhead built under duress by Gaby’s estranged father. Also
    joining in the fun are Jared Harris as Sanders, Hugh Grant as Waverly
    (Mr. Carroll’s old role) and Elizabeth Debicki (she made quite an
    impression as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby), who makes a very
    intriguing ”bad guy” as Victoria.

    A one word description of this movie would be pretty. Most EVERYTHING
    and EVERYONE are pretty. The clothes are pretty. The sets are pretty.
    The Italian locations are pretty, and Lord knows the people are pretty.
    Most of the lead actors have spent some time modeling: Cavill, Hammer,
    Vikander, Grant, Debicki, and Luca Calvana. Heck, David Beckham even
    has a cameo just to make sure every scene includes someone really
    pretty.

    In the same year with the latest Mission: Impossible and James Bond
    movies, it’s understandable that the Sherlock Holmes writer/director
    team of Lionel Wigram and Guy Ritchie take a less serious and more
    tongue-in-cheek approach. Unfortunately, the comic chops are a bit weak
    on the leads, so while they look pretty … many of the punchlines come
    off pretty weak.

    For any other surviving loyalists to the original TV series, the best
    advice would be to accept the movie for what it is, and avoid comparing
    to those classic memories. Even Jerry Goldsmith’s original theme song
    only merits a few moments of airtime. Those unfamiliar with the
    original material will likely accept this as the Pirates of the
    Caribbean of spy movies, and understand that the current TV show ”The
    Americans” handles the Cold War much more dramatically and intensely.
    However, if anyone is looking for pretty …

  • marklvAugust 22, 2015Reply

    The Man from C&A….or M&S….or Brooks Brothers……..

    Boring – this is what this film is; the first half hour was so slow
    that I was tempted to walk out. In bringing back this 60s classic they
    forgot to add any decent action until very late on and the whole story
    line was so stupid and unlikely that I shook my head in disbelief.
    Let’s make the ‘nazty Nazis’ the villains – in the 1960s? Yeah right.
    Compared to Mission Impossible V, let alone Bond, this was more of
    advertisement for classic 1960s sartorial elegance than anything
    resembling a spy thriller. The two male leads had all the charisma of
    men’s underwear models and there was never much in the way of genuine
    excitement, let alone tension. You always knew that the ‘nazty Nazis’
    were a bunch of hopeless goons and that our heroes would make short
    work of them, with the help of a British aircraft carrier (!). Guy
    Ritchie has proved yet again what a vacuous and shallow director he is
    with this weak effort – lots of glitz and no substance.

  • MikeAugust 22, 2015Reply

    It all seems to work

    I was wavering on whether I would want to see this TV Series type of
    remake. I went and was pleasantly surprised that it held to the concept
    of the TV show, but had it’s own character.

    I felt the casting was well done and spot on. Henry Cavill pulls off
    the suave gentleman spy and Armie Hammer is believable as a KGB agent.
    The story of well done, the cinematography has bold colors, but many of
    the daytime, outdoor work has the look of a 60’s time period.

    I will say that you need to pay attention to the mission briefing so
    you don’t have to do the math on it later. I looked away to answer my
    son and then had no idea who a couple of the key players were.

    So do yourself a favor and check out a film that you can get immersed
    in.

  • denise-dixAugust 23, 2015Reply

    Lifeless reincarnation !

    I was – and still am – a massive fan of the original series and thought
    it was a bad idea to resurrect it. After seeing the positive reviews I
    decided to give it a go. Major disappointment ! All Guy Ritchie did was
    borrow a title and three of the characters’names, it has nothing
    whatsoever to do with the original. That, in itself, would not have
    been so bad if he’d managed to make a decent, witty action movie. Alas,
    he failed miserably. The acting’s bad, the chemistry non-existing and
    the whole excercise comes across as lazy and boring. I’m very glad the
    original Men politely declined a cameo. I’m sure Ritchie hopes to turn
    this into a new franchise, I hope we’re spared the ordeal.

  • elledgejAugust 23, 2015Reply

    Say Uncle: Why The Man from U.N.C.L.E. wasn’t as fun as advertising.

    This is probably the first time I have been disappointed by a movie.
    Going in I was expecting a fast paced retro comedy with outs of style
    and an intricate story, but four minutes in I already felt a little
    betrayed. I can only break down my problems with the film one problem
    at a time. At that is what I intend to do.

    Action: I describe this movie as ”an action film allergic to action.” I
    say this because the fight scenes in this scene very restricted and
    used sparingly. There are no gunfights or on screen violence to be
    honest, all the action consists of barely missing gunfire, shooting
    tires, turning over cars and stuff. Which may sound amusing but this is
    only 15-20% of the movie. And it gets very dull after a while. Which is
    why I nickname the action in this film as being so minimal that it
    seems like ”Hypo-Allergetic Action.”

    Characters: I like the ideas of these characters, just not the
    characters themselves. With Solo being a suave American spy, Illyah
    being an angry Russian man, and Gaby being a determined woman on a
    mission. But they are all so uninteresting. Solo sounds like he’s not
    sure if he’s British or not, Illyah is pretty dull, and Gaby isn’t a
    lot to talk about. And honestly everyone else doesn’t really stand out
    as much.

    Editing: This one is weird, the editing in this movie has a bad habit
    of showing clips of what’s happened in the movie two minutes ago. I
    don’t even know why it does this when they could just play it out
    linear and just refer back to what’s happened. When it does this it
    makes the movie so much more long. And sometimes the scene divides into
    multiple panels to make it look more stylish (Hulk 2003) but unlike
    Hulk, this movie isn’t based on a comic. It’s based on a TV show. And
    the show never did this so why is the movie? Also the final chase scene
    between all main characters is just odd. It shows one person driving,
    zooms out to a crane shot, focuses in someone sales then zooms in on
    them to see what they’re doing. Another style thing but it’s just so
    pointless, and doesn’t do anything for the action.

    There are things I like in this movie like the soundtrack, some of the
    costumes and some of the jokes. But the movie is just so dull and
    uneven that I started getting lost in my own unrelated thoughts while
    watching. That’s how you know your movie sucks, when the random crisp
    your thinking about interests you more than the film you’re watching.
    Maybe if this film were more like Kingsman and just didn’t have any
    restriction it would probably be a more fun experience, but then again
    there are so many retro spy films that came out this year that it
    simply wouldn’t fit in. And even with the different things it does, it
    still doesn’t make it shine. The Man from UNCLE is a reminder of how
    dangerous it can be to not have a story. Sorry to say but this movie is
    an unfortunate skip.

  • PandoraProductions4August 23, 2015Reply

    better than average spy movie

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  • David MolinariAugust 23, 2015Reply

    Good, not great, entertainment

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  • Colin Eldred-CohenAugust 24, 2015Reply

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – A Reel Snippet Review

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a slick, witty, and action packed send up
    to the classic spy genre. Admittedly, I don’t remember a lot of it
    after the fact, but there was enough of Guy Ritchie’s charm and
    quirkiness that makes the experience as a whole stick with me. The
    characters aren’t the deepest, but they are still interesting, with
    special props going to Henry Cavill as a super-suave spy and Arnie
    Hammer as the tortured KGB agent. It can get pretty heavy, a lot
    heavier than other Guy Ritchie films, and the jokes aren’t always
    laugh-out-loud, but it’s cleverness and sense of fun is present and
    that’s what makes directors like Ritchie and Wes Anderson my
    inspirations.

  • Python HyenaAugust 25, 2015Reply

    Why Not ”Men” From U.N.C.L.E? Leads Have Equal Time.

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  • tiberius387August 25, 2015Reply

    Happily Surprised

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  • kunalkhandwalaAugust 25, 2015Reply

    A slick, retro spy thriller that’s pure fun

    Close on the heels of ‘Rogue Nation’ comes another espionage thriller
    to tease the mind while providing popcorn entertainment with its
    charismatic characters and slick action. Guy Ritchie (Lock, stock and
    two smoking barrels, Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A game
    of shadows) has almost mastered the retro theme and with this
    adaptation of a 1964 TV series, he gets to have fun with his stylized
    direction and intuitive handling of the script. ‘The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E’ salutes the pop culture of the 60s with its fine details in
    set design, costumes and props. It also pays tribute to the good old
    spy thrillers with few gadgets and special effects so as to keep wit,
    charm and luck as the tools for success by the agents. Visually, the
    film is slick and resembles this year’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’
    with its breezy elegance and cheeky humor.

    Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) was a master thief who now works for the
    CIA as their valuable agent. His mission in east Berlin is to extract
    Gaby Teller (Swedish Alicia Vikander) and have her dissuade her father
    from developing a nuclear bomb for the nefarious Vinciguerras. His
    attempt at escaping with her is challenged by the KGB operative, Illya
    Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) in a smooth and exciting opening sequence that
    will leave you applauding with sheer joy. Later, the CIA director
    Saunders (Jared Harris) informs Solo that he will be joining forces
    with his KGB counterpart to form an unusual alliance in the middle of
    the cold war. The trio travel to Rome, faking their identities in order
    to gain the trust of Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki) and
    during their investigation of a shipping yard, find evidence of the
    uranium that will be used for the weapons. Their subsequent discovery
    by the security leads to the film’s best sequence that is cheeky in
    nature and brilliant in execution by Ritchie. After further set-backs
    for Solo and Kuryakin where they get close to being captured and
    killed, the MI6 operative Waverly (Hugh Grant) proposes an assault on
    the Vinciguerras’ hideout in order to rescue Teller’s father and
    prevent the deployment of the nuclear warheads. The multi-frame shots
    of the attack sequence showcase the slick and improvised style of
    Ritchie’s direction that moves past the obvious and re-focuses on the
    chemistry between the actors as they get closer to intercepting
    Victoria and the weapons. The disc containing data of Teller’s nuclear
    weapons research is still sought after by both Solo and Kuryakin as
    part of their individual missions and its possession by either, will
    test the dynamics of their relationship.

    Armie Hammer’s Kuryakin is an awkward, temperamental agent who is of
    course competitive with his American counterpart. His awkward, fake
    romance with Alicia Vikander’s Teller is where is portrayed
    convincingly and results in some funny situations. Alicia’s charming
    Gaby Teller is lovable at first sight and she can be a mean agent as
    well. Elizabeth Debicki plays the stunning vixen with finesse and
    enough aura of evil to be the convincing antagonist. Henry Cavill’s
    suave American agent possesses the charm of the earlier James Bonds
    although, he’s definitely more MI6 than CIA material. He is versatile
    when it comes to maintaining composure in the thick of the action,
    being naughty with the antagonist, trying to better his partner or
    simply, being too cool as Napoleon Solo.

    The music by Daniel Pemberton is first rate with playful themes to
    maintain the breezy feel of the film even in the tense moments while
    building the tempo when needed. For a budget of $75 million, the set
    pieces, costumes and art design match up very well to the theme of the
    60s and the action also looks better than the medium budget could
    afford. Guy Ritchie brings nuance to the spy genre by keeping it
    refreshingly entertaining through witty situations, slick
    cinematography, dialogues, crisp editing and a constantly zippy plot-
    line that demands much from the actors. There’s never a dull moment
    here and these men from U.N.C.L.E do their business in a style that’s
    almost incomparable. Several sequences are hilarious because of the way
    Guy Ritchie treats an otherwise ordinary piece of action. It’s his deft
    touch that delivers this refreshing take on old school cinema that has
    just enough oomph with the appeal of its cast, production and
    entertaining theme.

    – 8.881 on a scale of 1-10.

  • Viswanath DhanisettyAugust 26, 2015Reply

    Cool Cold War

    Quickie Review:

    A criminal organisation is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons.
    In the height of cold war a CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and
    KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) put aside their differences
    for a joint mission. This uneasy alliance must succeed to ensure world
    stability. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a surprisingly fun homage to the
    earlier Bond type films. The team-up of two rivals for a common mission
    also added a new twist to an otherwise predictable story. The stylised
    approach to the film is part of the charm and the great chemistry among
    the cast brought moments of amusing tongue-in-cheek humour.

    Full Review:

    I am not familiar with the original show, it was way before my
    generation. However, with the dark tones of many blockbusters nowadays,
    it’s refreshing to return to a lighter and more vibrant movie in the
    spy-genre. On top of that with Guy Ritchie directing, known for his
    witty dialogue and often odd humour, I had to check out his latest
    effort.

    The style of the movie is what will immediately grab the attention of
    the audience. Although it may be a little over-romanticised, Guy
    Ritchie beautifully captures the glamour of the 60s. From the locales,
    cars, outfits, even the music are all aesthetically rich and beautiful.
    Still this movie is not all style, the three major characters are
    perfectly cast leading to an entertaining chemistry among them. Henry
    Cavill plays the more suave gentleman using his charisma to get what he
    wants. Whereas Armie Hammer’s character is a more rugged man, and you
    really don’t want to be on his bad side. These differences between the
    two complement well with each other and that’s why half the fun of the
    movie is just watching them interact. The third major character is
    played by Alicia Vikander, a resourceful woman who should not be
    underestimated. And thank god, they didn’t introduce any useless love
    triangle here. I was afraid that Vikander’s character’s only purpose
    would be a love interest, but she is very much integral to the mission.
    Although this is an homage to the early spy movies it is still quite
    grounded, in that there are no ridiculous gadgets. So I like how they
    were able to balance the realism with the stylised nature of the movie.

    At the same time a spy homage does come with its disadvantages. The
    threat in the story is very predictable, and you know exactly where it
    is going. There are no major surprises, and most likely even the little
    twists you will see them coming from miles away. Nevertheless the movie
    is peppered with clever humour and even the obvious innuendos are funny
    because of the characters, that you have satisfying ride. On a side
    note, there was a missed opportunity with Hammer’s character, Illya.
    The movie constantly refers to his rage but we never really witness him
    fully lose control. I would’ve liked to have seen more of that side of
    him than being simply suggested to us.

    Overall, my friends and I had an entertaining time in the cinema
    watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. If you are looking for a funny
    adventure or action-comedy to enjoy with your friends and family, this
    is a very good choice for you to consider. In fact, I’d say I would
    actually like to see a sequel to this movie and go on more spy
    adventures with these characters.

  • Adam SmithAugust 26, 2015Reply

    Good but not brilliant

    First of all will start of by saying that I haven’t seen the TV series
    of the same name so won’t be able to tell you in this review how the
    film measures up to that series.

    The beginning of the movie and the chase seen between Henry Cavill’s
    American agent being chased down by Armie Hammer’s Russian was a good
    and was well thought out and a bit different to your normal car chase
    seen. From there on the film plays well showing the rivalry between
    Russia and America and the two agents.

    Henry Cavill was very good playing the slick Napoleon Solo and I
    thought Armie Hammer delivered well and his Russian accent was good.

    Now the part I’m not so sure about and that was Gaby played by Alicia
    Vikander. She was good but I wasn’t sure what nationality she was
    supposed to be as her accent seemed to change a lot. But she was good
    although she seemed a bit third wheel in most of the story.

    Overall I really enjoyed the film, if you enjoy spy films and action
    films with a bit of comedy then you will enjoy this film. What I would
    say is if you go in without high expectations then you will probably
    enjoy it more.

  • Nobby BurdenAugust 26, 2015Reply

    I miss the 60s

    Why do I miss the 60s? Because I was 10 years old when the Berlin Wall
    went up, but I was living in Osnabruck listening to the Beatles singing
    Love Me Do on the radio. People dressed well before going out, I wore a
    tie to school, and children weren’t cruel to one another. In short I
    lived in a better world.

    Man From UNCLE fleshes out the characters better than the TV show
    (which aired on BBC to counter ITV’s Avengers), The new Napoleon Solo
    far exceeds Robert Vaughn’s portrayal. Think a new, improved Piers
    Brosnan. The new Ilya is amazing — I never thought the original David
    McCallum was up to the task.

    The ChrisCraft boats, the mod fashions, the Italian backdrop! I can’t
    get enough of it! There were plenty of laughs, plenty of excitement,
    sexy villains, and snappy James Bond type quips. This is being set up
    (along with Kingsman) to outdo the James Bond franchise which is going
    to suck for reasons which are patently obvious.

  • sydspainAugust 26, 2015Reply

    Intense Great Movie!

    This was one of the best mystery movies we’ve seen in ages! Not tainted
    with unbelievable graphics and bloody scenes which turn one’s stomach
    making you proud of this director and writer. There was an excellent
    intensity between main actors and the surprises held our attention and
    interests. No dosing through this one! Scenes and graphics were a joy
    to watch. For a movie, it was somewhat in the genre of James Bond as
    007, but nicely updated without being a fantasy beyond reality.
    Couldn’t find negatives and pleased with my memories of it, especially
    some of the most humorous ones. Looking forward to the next Man From
    Uncle!!! Well done!

  • rabyisabelle1August 26, 2015Reply

    Stylish and witty… a must see

    I went into the cinema having never heard of the original Man From
    U.N.C.L.E TV series, although this did not stop be from enjoying this
    film. Even from the first minutes I knew this would be filled with
    action and humour, yet still manage to be stylish and witty. The
    credits at the beginning impressed me right off the bat, leaving me
    excited for the rest of the film.

    The first thing that struck me was the soundtrack, which was classy and
    energetic, and is one of the main things that sticks out. It tied in
    well with the 1960s period and the sophisticated locations in the film.

    Man From U.N.C.L.E had me on the edge of my seat right from the
    beginning, because not far into the start an epic car chase broke out
    on screen which left the audience with many questions about what would
    happen next.

    This film was colourful and to me was unique, down to the way that the
    subtitles appeared on-screen. I particularly liked the ultra close ups
    which left the audience in even more suspense and also reminded me a
    lot of comic strips. The plot was very interesting and consistently
    shocking, as it constantly leaves you wondering which characters could
    be trusted, as well as keeping your mind racing. I also found this film
    very funny. This added a lighter feel to the danger that the characters
    faced.

    Henry Cavill’s performance as Solo was smart and witty, in contrast to
    Armie Hammer who played the icy Illya extremely well.

    I recommend this film to everybody, as there is something in it for
    everyone even if you do not like action films. I saw this film with my
    Grandma and my younger brothers and they all equally enjoyed it.

  • Montana JonesAugust 26, 2015Reply

    A Stylzed Revision of a 60’s Bond Theme Show 4 out of 5 stars

    This is my first time reviewing a movie anywhere. I saw this with a
    friend after watching American Ultra. Hollywood has a tendency to
    release similarly themed movies in close proximity. I don’t know why
    they do this but it seems to have the effect of right or wrong diluting
    the public’s interest in an otherwise capable movie.

    U.N.C.L.E. was originally television’s answer to Bond. It had the cool
    gadgets, hot women & bad guys galore with ultimate baddies Thrush which
    were the equivalent of Spectre in the Bond universe. But as most
    viewers were born way after U.N.C.L.E. went off the air, Guy Ritchie
    chose a different way of re-introducing the public to these iconic TV
    characters. He chose to do this via an origin story in a very stylized
    modern way but set in the 60’s.

    Like Casino Royale where we were introduced to Bond, Ritchie has chosen
    to strip down the characters without the gadgets & show how Henry
    Cavill’s Solo & Armie Hammer’s Kuryakin first meet & eventually
    reluctantly become partners to save the world from atomic anhilation.
    At this point there really is no U.N.C.L.E. as both characters really
    work for the CIA & KGB respectively which of course were bitter
    enemies.

    All of this is done with very capable acting from all parties involved,
    a good script with plenty of plot tension, slick action sequences, a
    cool soundtrack, and humor a plenty. This movie has the style of Oceans
    11 crossed with the execution of Focus. its smart & funny and I for one
    would love to see a sequel to see where Ritchie can really take this.
    My friend & I both enjoyed this & would recommend it.

  • abe shainbergAugust 26, 2015Reply

    Not the original, but original fun

    Guy Ritchie directs this new film version of a great 60’s TV show. I
    enjoyed the period piece reality and the stars, all whom are very good
    looking but the film is not the Man From Uncle; it is rather a story
    about he origins of UNCLE.

    Alicia Vikander plays well with the boys, and the boys seem to have
    little to do with each other until they realize their need for each
    other on this save the world from nuclear disaster mission.

    Good to see the Nazis are back as the villains again and a lot of the
    humor is tongue in cheek.

    The very tall Debicki is a wicked woman and held her own as the
    villain, but the film needed a more sinister one. The film worked as an
    action film, but not as a comedy or thriller. It could have been all
    three. Too much suavity and style, not enough feeling or engagement
    with the story.

    I would’ve brought in Hugh Grant early as head of UNCLE and explained
    the deal to all of them in order to save the world. Then let’s them all
    work together with their differing fortes.

    All in all – do another one and get it right this time. Still watchable
    and enjoyable.

  • nownsterAugust 27, 2015Reply

    An okay movie, but not really tied to the TV series

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  • MANISH KUMAR BHADAURIYAAugust 27, 2015Reply

    the man from stylish entertaining movie

    Let me tell you first thing that if you are fan of good action comedy
    movies this movie is going to be a great entertainer for you.I am big
    fan of movie like kingsman:the secret service,Mission impossible rogue
    nation or for the kind of humour tom cruise is famous for in action
    comedy.I will not say that you are going to watch something that you
    have never seen before but I can say you will enjoy each and every part
    of movie.chemistry between Henry cavill and Armie Hammer is outstanding
    and comedy timing was perfect and Alicia Vikander was good in her
    part.let’s talk about action sequences of movie the movie made of a
    tight budget of 70-80 million dollars where other action comedy movies
    crosses 100 million mark easily so what I am saying action could have
    been better they took some shortcuts for completing their action
    sequences.direction was good editing is fine and like every other good
    Hollywood action movies location’s are great. After the success man of
    steel I wanted to see Henry Cavill on a big screen well I will tell he
    will not going to disappoint you go and watch the man from U.N.C.L.E if
    you are fan of action comedy like me.

  • quincytheodoreAugust 27, 2015Reply

    The 60’s have stylish production, cool soundtracks and lots of sexual innuendos.

    In a throwback to classic spy thriller, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. spares
    no expense in producing incredible amount of flair. It’s almost as
    though they took the cues from old James Bond flicks, then overdoses it
    with jazz and posh. At its core, the story is just slightly above
    average, but the production keeps the interest going and prevents it
    from getting stale.

    Henry Cavill plays as Solo, Napoleon, not Han. He’s a United States spy
    tasked in securing a high value target Gaby (Alicia Vikander) in hope
    to gain information on his scientist father who allegedly finds a way
    to produce nuclear weapon. Along the way he must face and also
    inexplicably joins forces with Russian spy Illya (Armie Hammer). These
    colorful characters eventually banter their way through the movie.

    It resembles odd cop buddy premise a lot as the two spies
    understandably don’t work nicely with each other. Although the plot
    doesn’t have striking development, the two leads have chemistry and the
    movie relies on them to create humor. Both actors perform in light
    fashion, there are a couple heavy themes, yet it mostly plays around
    with comical stunts or verbal jabs between them.

    It has no shortage of retro music as they play almost every five
    minutes. The pop vibe is infectiously effective in creating merry
    spirit. While many thrillers opt for darker premise, the movie stays in
    the exuberant mood, literally throwing sexual puns, occasionally so bad
    they’re good. Visual looks fitting for the era, though slightly
    embellished to emphasize the suave personalities.

    Honestly, it doesn’t possess much depth or that shocking of a twist.
    What it does unabashedly well is presenting the characters in much
    charming and playful tone against the contrast of their hazardous
    mission, and it’s enough to be delightfully enjoyable.

  • pixieginnyAugust 27, 2015Reply

    biggest let down in a movie I have ever seen.

    As one of the biggest fans of the TV series, never missed it or the
    spin off, The Girl from UNCLE, I had such high hopes for the movie. the
    move was a big boring disappointment from the opening credits.

    I actually fell asleep in the theater, not once but twice. My family
    ended up, getting up and leaving before it was over.

    Most of the fight scenes were more implied then shown, the characters
    were never developed, the photography looked like something someone
    turned in at the Film school for a final project.

    I was crushed. There was so much that could have been done to make this
    movie a block-buster and they missed the boat.

    I don’t blame the cast, they are great action actors, the fault was
    with the script, or maybe the script and the director. Bad, bad, bad
    movie. I gave it 1 star and that was generous.

  • jammasta-1August 27, 2015Reply

    A great postmodern recasting of 1960s action films

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  • Tejaswy NalamAugust 28, 2015Reply

    More Pizaz than the Haberdashers

    Matthew Vaughn started off the race with Kingsman and now here is his
    pal Guy Ritchie going ahead and winning it. Just about.

    I have been waiting for the movie to open in India (28th August) and at
    the first available opportunity, got my eyballsfull. And I have never
    been happier.

    I cannot remember the last time I was as taken in by the good looks,
    the capabilities and the on-screen chemistry of the two male leads who,
    in every frame hold their own while producing an output so seamless
    that you marvel at how capable Guy Ritchie is at doing this stuff.

    If I had to choose between the two leads, I would have to pull my hair
    out and poke my eyes. They are that good. One a picture of cool
    elegance combined with the debonair chutzpah of an accomplished
    moonlighter, and the other counter-balancing half, of a stereotypical,
    half-deranged, fully-indestructible, three-quarters-vulnerable, and
    four-fifths-ruthless KGB agent played to orgasmic perfection by Armie
    Hammer, we shouldn’t be asking for more.

    It is here we experience true generosity. Ritchie offers more. Italian
    settings,period style car chases, Going over the Berlin wall, and the
    oh so honeyed British voice of Hugh Grant.

    The laughs are real, and they are loud, the tension is titillating, the
    chases engaging, every scene crafted to perfection, doing just what it
    is meant to do.

    If I were a betting man, I would have bet my house and your too on the
    movie. Heck, I would still bet them if I weren’t. Watch it, and like
    it. There is no other way.

  • Johan DondokambeyAugust 28, 2015Reply

    QUite a complete spy movie package

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  • John WayneAugust 28, 2015Reply

    The 1964 made for TV Series was better….

    After reading a lot of reviews loaded with a lot of the usual blather,
    I finally went and saw this movie. For someone like me who has
    experienced the 1960’s (made for TV series) version of this movie, it
    will be a disappointment! This movie had far more comedy than expected
    and I thought the acting was sub-par. The 1964 version staring Robert
    Vaughn, David McCallum, and Leo G. Carroll had far more drama and the
    acting was better.

    I get so ticked at these people that write a 10 paragraph (or more)
    review, and blather on and on about the movie studio, producers,
    directors, actors….and I say who needs it! The reviewers for the most
    part are either trying to make themselves sound intelligent, or they
    are working for company to boost ticket sales! If I was not forced to
    writing a minimum of 10 lines I could have effectively reviewed this
    junk in 2 lines and saved myself the extra 12 lines here! Save your
    money!

  • yairsmAugust 29, 2015Reply

    Original and entertaining, despite its seemingly cliché plot description!

    I genuinely loved this movie. The actors were all incredible, and the
    chemistry between the three main characters is perfect. It’s a really
    fresh and original take on the whole ”spy movie wherein they must
    prevent global catastrophe”. The plot line is fresh and full of its own
    twists, and the film itself does a beautiful job capturing the 60s and
    its European setting. The film boasts the perfect combination of comedy
    and action; they are cleverly intertwined throughout. I especially
    enjoyed how the movie managed to be constantly funny without being
    vulgar and crude. If you’re looking for a an action-filled, fast-paced
    comedy-drama, look no further! I really loved this movie, it’s the best
    I’ve seen in a while, and I’m very much looking hopefully forward to a
    sequel!

  • madelinehindAugust 29, 2015Reply

    superb

    I really enjoyed this movie.The cast were perfectly cast, the humour
    was fantastic, the soundtrack unforgettable and the costumes dreamy.
    The movie is said to recreate the 1960s,which were before my time. It
    did create a gorgeous fantasy world far nicer than our drab one.

    I think this movie is easily as good as kinsman or rogue nation, and it
    deserves to be a big hit.

    I am only slightly familiar with the TV series but it has been well
    served by this imaginative and quirky remake. I look forward to seeing
    how uncle develops, and if it matches the international unit from
    television.

    I would love to see a sequel or two and will be buying the bluray.

  • scottshak_111August 29, 2015Reply

    The Adventure has just begun

    The first thing that you feel when you watch this beauty of a flick is
    its rad score. So brilliant that you can’t take your ears off it! It
    gives you a constant pleasure and reminds you of how a movie can be
    made into a complete package by doing every little part justice it
    deserves. Then comes its humour, which is strewn all across 2 hours of
    one helluva bad-ass plot. The rhythmic ups and downs of the spy
    storyline blended brilliantly by some top-notch Ritchie humour and some
    exceptional acting by the stellar cast are some of the things that make
    it thoroughly entertaining.

    Henry Cavill nails this movie by donning an exceptionally cool demeanor
    and gives Solo a gorgeous primping, quite James Bond-ish and we are
    talking Pierce here. His style is swift. His moves are written in
    elegance and he doesn’t, at any point, lose it. On the other hand, we
    have Armie Hammer, another protagonist who just can’t control his
    temper. He does a great job as Illya, and wears the Russian accent
    quite nicely. Alicia Vikander slithers her way like a pro into her Gaby
    character. She is charming and adorable.

    There is a constant cold war that reeks of dislike that goes on between
    the two spies that makes this movie constantly hilarious. It is great
    to see them pull each other’s legs every now and then. There is a
    subtlety in the humour which makes it a complete laughter riot.

    The technology, since it was a period movie, brings out the best the
    two big superpowers had back then. They exploit it well too, and make
    you wonder how oblivious we are to the little stepping stones that our
    past paved for us.

    There are moments where Guy Ritchie loses his subtlety when he keeps
    showing flashbacks to prove his point. I think the public is smart
    enough to understand, and we could have lived without those evident
    explanations. Also, if we stand back and look at it from a distance,
    there is very limited action that mostly gets lost owing to Ritchie’s
    banner like frames that keeps chipping the screen to depict different
    vantage.

    Other than that the movie is a complete adventurous and humorous
    package. We have an excellent franchise in the making. Giving you a
    heads up for an impending bad-ass series!

  • Robert W. ([email protected])August 30, 2015Reply

    A chaotic mess but I have a feeling it will be a cult classic

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  • jadepietroAugust 30, 2015Reply

    The Spy Who Bored Me

    (Rating: ☆☆½ out of 4)

    This film is mildly recommended.

    In brief: Without a good script and some needed humor, Mr. Solo &
    company should have cried uncle and given up on this caper.

    GRADE: B-

    Long ago, even before Star Wars introduced its heroic Hans Solo to fans
    of all ages, another Mr. Solo was just as popular an icon. His name was
    Napoleon and he was the central character in a 60’s hit spy series
    called The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Along with his faithful and crafty
    Russian sidekick, Illya Kuryakin, both super agents united in their
    efforts to enforce law and order during the Cold War era. The series
    was fun, a send-up of the James Bond phenomena with ample doses of
    humor and comradeship generously applied. This film version lacks both
    elements, but it is well-made and diverting enough.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. wants to capture those cool retro vibes of
    60’s fun but its director, Guy Ritchie and his flashy modern style of
    filmmaking continuously upstages the action with realistic touches that
    hamper the film’s mod look. With Ritchie’s trademark quick cuts and his
    more serious tone and attitude, the film never quite meshes into a
    unified whole. It more like a disjointed hole with large gaps of logic
    that looks stylish but empty. The only thing that makes sense is, in
    fact, the period costumes by Joanna Johnston that successfully parody
    the era so well.

    The director takes out the fun factor in his send-up of the spy caper
    genre with his penchant for extremes. He overdoes the split screen
    effect which tones down the action and limits the suspense. After an
    initially exciting opening chase sequence, the film plods along in its
    convoluted plot to stop a nuclear warhead from causing world
    annihilation. (The film also has the distinction of possibly having the
    slowest and most boring chase scene on film with its ATV pursuit
    scene.) While the series itself never really had characters of great
    depth, neither does the movie, so on the count the filmmakers were on
    par. However, the villains here are not that menacing and underused,
    especially Elizabeth Debicki as the wealthy Victoria, the evilest of
    femme fatales. This talented actress is wasted.

    The leads are a mixed bag. Henry Cavill plays Napoleon Solo and while
    he is physically perfect for the role, a spot-on throwback to the
    debonair leading men of yore ala Tyrone Powers and Cary Grant, his
    stilted line delivery and robotic movements never amount to anything
    substantial. He’s a walking Brooks Brothers ad. (Cavill has yet to
    impress with his film roles in comparison to his television resume.)
    Armie Hammer plays Illya and he, at least, provides some comic moments.
    Mr. Hammer is handsome, charming, and believable, the perfect foil,
    while Mr. Cavill can only muster the former. Their chemistry is out of
    balance due to two styles of acting: good and bad.

    Giving ample support is Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Illya’s cover and
    possible love interest. The actress brings some nuance to her
    one-dimensional part. She looks smashing too in pop outfits that 60’s
    fashion icon Audrey Hepburn would envy. Hugh Grant is also in the cast
    but he fails to register in his small role.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has good production values and looks great.
    But ultimately the weak script, by Lionel Wigram and the director, goes
    nowhere. As spy capers go, this is a second- rate secret agent film
    that should have remained a secret.

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  • Anurag-ShettyAugust 30, 2015Reply

    A slick spy film.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an action comedy spy film, set in the 1960s.
    CIA agent, Napoleon Solo(Henry Cavill) is tasked with rescuing a woman
    named Gaby(Alicia Vikander), from some unknown threats. Although Solo
    successfully saves Gaby, they face some trouble along the way from KGB
    agent, Ilya Kuryakin(Armie Hammer). It is later revealed by Solo’s boss
    Sanders(Jared Harris) & Ilya’s boss Oleg(Misha Kuznetsov) that, Solo &
    Ilya are supposed to work together to take down a common enemy of the
    USA & Russia. A secret malevolent organization that is working
    diligently to create nuclear weapons. Now, Solo & Ilya have to put
    their differences aside & learn to work together, if they want to
    effectively take down this unknown threat.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a super cool & entertaining film. It’s
    another addition to the spy action comedy genre after Kingsman: The
    Secret Service(2015) & Spy(2015). I still think Kingsman is the best
    spy movie of the year, so far. This film is a close second. It has all
    the workings of a classic spy movie. Two ridiculously good looking &
    charismatic leads, beautiful & intelligent women, stylized action
    sequences, exotic locales & finally, the special ingredient, dry humor.
    No surprise considering, director Guy Ritchie has successfully helm- ed
    Sherlock Holmes(2009) & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows(2011). The
    action sequences are more one-on-one fist fights than, over the top
    shootouts. When there are shootouts in the movie, they take place in
    split screen style so that, they don’t seem overly long & get
    repetitive. The boat set piece is one of the highlights of the film.
    The performances from the principle cast truly makes The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E. memorable. Henry Cavill is outstanding as Solo. Cavill’s
    suave CIA agent is Guy Ritchie’s answer to British MI6 agent, James
    Bond. It’s not a surprise considering, Cavill was shortlisted with
    Daniel Craig to play Bond in Casino Royale(2006). Armie Hammer is
    spectacular as Ilya. Hammer completely immerses himself in the role &
    mastered the Russian accent. Alicia Vikander is great as Gaby.
    Elizabeth Debicki is brilliant as Victoria. Luca Calvani is effective
    as Alexander. Sylvester Groth is menacing as Uncle Rudi. Hugh Grant is
    superb as Waverly. Jared Harris is awesome as Sanders. Christian Berkel
    & Misha Kuznetsov are impressive as Udo & Oleg respectively. The Man
    from U.N.C.L.E. is a must watch. This U.N.C.L.E. is a stud!

  • dasha-29August 30, 2015Reply

    Absolutely genius!

    I’m just back from the cinema where I watched The man from UNCLE for
    the 3rd time! I took both of my families in Russia and in the UK, and
    everybody utterly enjoyed it – young and old, gentlemen and ladies. I
    cannot remember the last time I loved a movie so much, so much that I
    am even writing my very first IMDb review!

    Guy Ritchie has created an absolutely genius movie. It has all the
    right ingredients and in all the right proportions to make every viewer
    happy. Witty British humour, packed with action which is smart and not
    boring (that is such a rear talent), perfect acting, juicy accents from
    everywhere across the world, music that will not allow you to sit still
    in your seat, genuine chemistry between the characters. I can continue
    forever 🙂

    That is why it saddens me so much to see this movie not doing well in
    the theatres. What has happened to the viewer who is ready to pay for
    stupid empty blockbusters nobody will remember tomorrow and is willing
    to miss this masterpiece? I do physically need The man from UNCLE movie
    to have a sequel! I need to see which adventures Guy Ritchie will take
    Illya, Napoleon and Gaby on next!

    So if you haven’t seen this movie yet, do yourself the biggest favour,
    go to the cinema now and enjoy this gem of a movie on a big screen.
    Trust me just once – you will love it 🙂

  • estebangonzalez10August 31, 2015Reply

    Visually stunning, but lacking substance

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  • Watcher-99August 31, 2015Reply

    Pitch Perfect! Armie Hammer is fantastic as Illya Kuryakin

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  • RayAugust 31, 2015Reply

    Suave. Sophisticated. Spy.

    Expanding the above alliteration… It is a suave, sophisticated
    Spy/Thriller with plenty of international espionage, not-so-high-speed
    car chases, action, subtle comedy, a not-so-innovative plot but a well
    executed project altogether. The certain parts with the noir-London
    feel were the highlight of the movie and I wish there were more of it.
    However there are parts when the only thing that would remind you that
    the movie is set in the 1960s is the costume donned by the characters.
    Henry Cavill’s role resembles Neal Caffery’s from White Collar. Guy
    Richie knows how to keep someone occupied with the numerous amount of
    puns. Bottom-line, I would highly recommend watching this one.

  • Ravi RajSeptember 1, 2015Reply

    Stylish, Fun, Good Looking & a huge let down

    The film opens with a delightful throw back to the days of the iron
    curtain. The opening chase sequence is brilliant through out.Guy
    Ritchie has brilliantly used his narrative style to get Solo (Henry
    Cavill, American Spy) & Illya (Armie Hammer, Russian) to show off their
    skills in the trade craft. It was refreshing to watch the two super
    spies in action.

    Form me just about there Guy Ritchie loses his narrative. He has just
    gone for the stylish looks & fun in a movie that involves two super
    spies. The comedy puns come out more like some chick flick and forces
    the viewer to think again if this is a Guy Ritchie movie. Only the
    background score and camera work will remind you so.

    All the actors come out as very average if not a horrible performance.
    And they too have concentrated only on delivering those college type
    puns and not on how truly complicated their characters can be. We are
    talking about Communist & Capitalist spies working together. A tensed
    relationship between the two would have added to the script. And that
    is what Ritchie has tried to deliver. A tensed relationship between the
    two leads in a comical manner. But what Ritchie ends with is failure at
    many levels.

    If you are just looking to kill time and don’t mind the chick flick
    type forced puns, then it is a brilliant watch.

  • Dan1863SicklesSeptember 1, 2015Reply

    So Much Better Than I Expected!!!!

    I went to this movie not knowing anything about Guy Ritchie, other than
    he was once married to Madonna. But I had seen the original MAN FROM
    UNCLE on TV when I was six or seven, over forty years ago.

    You might say my expectations were pretty low.

    Well, I was blown away. The new MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is the funniest,
    sexiest, most action-packed spy thriller I’ve seen in at least twenty
    years. To tell the truth, even though Guy Ritchie is the director, it
    reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino film. And I mean that as the highest
    possible praise. The winning, charismatic performances, the dizzy,
    fast-paced action, the exquisite use of period music and clothing, all
    reminded me of Quentin Tarantino at his best.

    Now I will say that while Guy Ritchie directs brilliantly, turning
    routine chase and sex scenes into sad, funny, haunting routines that
    stick in your mind long after the movie is over, (that truck sinking
    under the water, that strange Italian song playing all the while) I was
    equally impressed with the cast he put together.

    Henry Cavill is so amazing as Napoleon Solo. I’ve been a fan of his
    ever since the dark days of THE TUDORS, where he played the put-upon
    nice guy forever reduced to groveling to spoiled-brat Henry VIII. Even
    then he had a natural charm and ease before the camera. In this film he
    turns it up about ten notches, creating a character as cool as Don
    Draper in MAD MEN, completely cynical yet underneath someone you can’t
    help cheering for to the very end.

    Armie Hammer is soulful, menacing, and yet somehow screamingly funny as
    the conflicted, mournful KGB agent Ilya Kuragin. The thing about Armie
    is that he looks like a classic movie star — a younger, tougher,
    Robert Redford. But what he puts across so effortlessly in his films is
    the little man’s frustration, the classic slow-burn. (I first noticed
    this watching THE SOCIAL NETWORK.) Somehow this modern day golden- boy
    has mastered the dark arts of fat-slob comedians like Jackie Gleason
    and Rodney Dangerfield. Armie Hammer ”gets it” that Ilya feels cheated,
    second-rate, just like the U.S.S.R. in competition with the U.S.A. And
    he connects the character with the guy who always get the shaft in
    every day life.

    The chemistry between slick manipulator Solo and bruised, tormented
    Ilya is really much too deep for a fun summer movie. The two of them
    remind me of odd-couple male pairs in classic literature, like sour
    Prince Andrey and sweet Pierre in WAR AND PEACE, or cold Woodrow Call
    and warm Gus McCrae in LONESOME DOVE. These two guys should make a
    dozen movies together!

    Alicia Verkandis is the only major cast member I wasn’t a huge fan of
    going in. And she totally, totally blew me away. It’s funny, when you
    look at her in still pictures she doesn’t look all that pretty, just
    sort of dark, intelligent, and vibrant in a Natalie Portman sort of
    way. But when she takes on the role of Gaby she summons up the most
    devastating combination of innocence and sex appeal. It’s like she has
    this incredible range, going from the coltish comedy of Audrey Hepburn
    at her most playful to the sultry, exotic allure of Penelope Cruz at
    her most deadly serious.

    Usually in spy thrillers the sex is either just to build up the male
    spy as a real man (blecch) or just to speed the plot along. But the
    romance between Ilya and Gaby is actually touching, and even dare I say
    it, romantic. Watching Armie Hammer and Alicia Verkandis dancing to
    ”Cry to Me” by Solomon Burke was literally a breathtaking moment. I
    mean, I haven’t seen a truly romantic sex scene in years! And the utter
    rightness of early Sixties soul, sung by a master, really sealed the
    deal.

    Now was there anything wrong with this movie? Anything I didn’t like?
    Yes, but only in terms of wanting more. I wanted more classic soul on
    the soundtrack, more romance, and more Elizabeth Dabecki. I first
    noticed Elizabeth in THE GREAT GATSBY, and I knew she was going to be a
    sensational breakout star in the very near future. Here she is so
    over-the-top sexy as villainous Victoria, ice cold but steaming hot,
    refined but brutal, untouchable but irresistible. Everything she did
    was perfect, but I wanted more, much more for her to do.

    This whole movie was amazing!

  • Prashun ChakrabortySeptember 1, 2015Reply

    Time for Guy Ritchie to introspect, the magic is gone

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  • lois-lane33September 1, 2015Reply

    Pretty good.

    I didn’t read the blurb about this movie so I was surprised when it was
    set in the 1960’s-but not turned off-I thought it worked well and was a
    pretty good film. I don’t feel like it was representational of an
    action comedy though-it was-at lest to me-more of a straight ahead
    action film. It was like a 007 movie really-as if they had used the
    1960’s Bond movies as a guide on how to make a decent film. Great shots
    of East Berlin that looked like the real thing circa 1960 something. I
    also saw the newest Mission Impossible movie recently which I thought
    was OK-but I think this film was the better of the two newer action
    flicks. Maybe the MI franchise is getting a bit old and people are
    ready for something different. I think this works to fill what has come
    to resemble a bit of a creative void where action films are concerned.
    I also think that rebooting the first Transporter movie is a joke. Its
    not like it is some 1950’s classic cinema noir that has been begging to
    be remade for decades or something like that. Eight out of ten for this
    film-even if it was based on old Bond it is still classifiable as
    original work.

  • Troy PutlandSeptember 2, 2015Reply

    A cool and bright action.

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is your typical action film. A number of
    aspects make it a cut above the rest. Firstly, is the relationship
    between the two agents, American CIA smooth-talker Napoleon Solo (Henry
    Cavill) and Russian KGB mad-man Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Their
    connection and mockery towards each other is witty. It’s their job to
    protect the daughter of a nuclear weapons expert and bring down those
    who intend to make them. Alicia Vikander is simply sexy without trying,
    making viewers melt with her looks and accent. Henry Cavill can’t help
    but look like Superman in disguise, but plenty for women viewers to
    swoon over too. The story frays, stretching out to last, but the trio
    of actors keep U.N.C.L.E smart and bright so it doesn’t bother. This
    film and the Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes films are marginally different
    from Snatch and Lock Stock in context, but far more PC. Guy Ritchie
    does, however, keep us infused with a decent script, fantastic
    production and intelligent action, giving Mr. Bond a run for his money.

  • drawlifeSeptember 2, 2015Reply

    It’s a lot better than I thought it’d be.

    This movie has that Guy Ritchie’s fingerprints all over it, obviously
    cause he’s the director. If you’re a fan of his work then you’ll like
    this film as well. I wasn’t a big fan of his Sherlock Holmes films, but
    this is a solid entry by him.

    To be honest, up until I found out this movie was going to be made, I
    had no clue that it was a television show prior. So this is a review
    coming from someone who has no clue about the show. With that being
    said I really enjoyed this film. I did think it did take a little while
    to get started. I wasn’t completely sold into the film until the meat
    and the conflict of the story became apparent, but even then it was a
    little muddled. It was a little hard for me to follow in the beginning
    with choppy story-telling, but it eventually picks up steam.

    The story is almost generic. It doesn’t really bring anything new to
    the table at all. You’ve seen it before, a criminal organization that
    is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Been there and done that,
    but all that is covered up with two sharp performances from Henry
    Cavill and Armie Hammer. Cavill is Napoleon Solo, who is a former
    thief, forced to work with the US and the CIA in order to escape jail
    time. He’s got a lot of swagger and charm to him and is well dressed.
    Armie Hammer is Ilya Kuryakin who’s a KGB agent with really bad anger
    management issues.

    Obviously these two would not get along, and when you force them to get
    along and work together for a higher purpose, fun oozes out of the big
    screen. Cavill and Hammer gives the film it’s heart and it’s very fun
    to see them play off another. Cavill nails his American accent very
    well, as displayed in Man of Steel, and Hammer surprisingly pulls off
    Russian accent as well.

    The cast is pretty much solid. I would have liked a little more
    development on the villains, they were a little weak, but for however
    much time they appeared on screen it worked for the most part. There is
    one particular sequence involving Sylvester Groth and Henry Cavill that
    was a little chilling to watch. We also get a nice small appearance
    from Hugh Grant. I also liked Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Ilya’s love
    interest. Normally romance sub-plots don’t interest me at all, but here
    I really liked her banter with Hammer’s character. Should there be a
    sequel I’d like to see their relationship develop. I really liked that
    it wasn’t over the top, but rather subtle.

    Guy Ritchie’s trademark actions sequences are there. As expected
    they’re pulled off with style and very fun to watch. The set pieces
    look great and the costumes looked very retro, it really gives off that
    1960’s vibe. It’s great looking film, populated with some great looking
    actors.

    The usual convoluted espionage shenanigans are at play, in which we’re
    not quite sure until the very end who’s really on who’s really good and
    who’s really bad. But honestly, I didn’t care that much, because it’s
    more about the ride than the plot payoffs, so I guess in a way I’m
    complimenting Ritchie and his writing team for not taking it too
    seriously.

    I’d say this film is like a mixture of both James Bond and Mission:
    Impossible, it plays low key like most Bond movies, but it has that
    fun, not to be taken seriously, but somewhat seriously flavor like the
    Mission: Impossible films. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is not a film we
    were asking for, it’s not a film that we all expected, but it’s a fun
    film that will pleasantly kill two hours of your time.

    7.7/10

  • davidgeeSeptember 2, 2015Reply

    Back to the Sixties (again)

    The movie gets off to a slow start as the script gives a lot of
    exposition to establish that we are revisiting the 1960s and the Cold
    War. We are also treated to some back story on Solo and Kuryakin,
    making this feel like an ‘Origins’ story. The main plot, brazenly
    borrowed from THUNDERBALL, is about a SPECTRE-sized gang of (mostly
    Italian) criminals intent on stealing a nuclear weapon to sell on to
    the highest bidder. The mastermind, Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki), must
    be intended as a female Blofeld but the role is underwritten and
    underplayed and not different enough from the other female lead (Alicia
    Vikander) who seems to be working for both sides. There are
    confrontations and chases and even a torture scene (another borrowing
    from the 007 canon). The end suggests that this could be the beginning
    of a series, but I’m not holding my breath.

    As they did with Sherlock, Ritchie and his team have gone to great
    lengths to get the period flavour right, but the performances,
    especially from the ladies, are much too modern, and the clunky
    screenplay somehow keeps the movie in the wrong gear. The Austin Powers
    series did a better job of sending up the early Bond pictures; there’s
    not much humour here. This remake has too much the feel of a 1960s TV
    series. If that was the intention, then they’ve got it pretty well
    right, but in the age of Iron Man and Jason Bourne, audiences surely
    expect a few more bangs for their buck.

  • fkbaumannSeptember 2, 2015Reply

    A Must See

    An absolutely fun filled, funny, action packed film. We cant wait for
    the sequel and hope they make it into a movie series. Cavill and Guy
    Ritchie nailed Solo’s cool and Hammer was funny but achingly hot as
    Kuryakin. The sixty costume designs on track and yummy, the action
    scenes fast and body achingly intense. James Bond, roll out of the way,
    the original spy boys are back. Fast, glib and sexy. If you loved the
    original series, you will laugh with joy at this new, artfully crafted
    version. A big nod to Ritchie’s writing and direction. Trust me, go see
    this movie…it is, without a doubt, the ultimate definition of
    entertainment.

  • phd_travelSeptember 3, 2015Reply

    Overpowering music and fragmented direction

    This movie could have been better. An American agent and a Russian
    agent tie up in the 60s to save the world from a former Nazi’s
    scientist’s new bomb. They use the scientist’s daughter from East
    Germany to get it.

    The bad points: The direction and music are bad. Guy Ritchie’s style
    isn’t suited to this kind of movie. His fragmented way of showing
    something breaks up the excitement and makes the action sequences
    fizzle. The music is too loud and distracts from the scenes. More often
    than not the music did not suit what was going on. It’s a shame with
    all the great music of the era. Alicia Vikander isn’t special enough
    for this role, a bit ordinary and forgettable and a bit laid back
    looking.

    The good points: The 60s mood is captured looks wise with the cars and
    fashion. The European scenery, Berlin and Rome mainly, is attractive.
    The 2 photogenic leads Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill perform well
    enough. Armie Hammer does a good for Hollywood Russian accent distinct
    yet understandable. Watching Henry Cavill the next James Bond comes to
    mind.

    Worth one watch but it could have been better. If there is a sequel it
    would be better if Guy Ritchie isn’t involved.

  • george.schmidt ([email protected])September 4, 2015Reply

    Spy Vs. Spy (kinda)

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  • Romeo GarciaSeptember 4, 2015Reply

    ”A movie with style and chemistry…A great surprise”

    Everyone who expects to see a la Bond-Style movie they will be
    disappointment…That’s not they gonna see here.

    The movie is like a cross of Oceans eleven with the 60’s old time
    vintage spy movies.The fans of the TV series have nothing to fear about
    this movie.

    Like i say before the movie have a lot of style:The suits,the
    locations,the music (simply great soundtrack),the cars,the
    hairstyles,the shoes…even the food!…Eevrything in this movie have
    style!.

    The chemistry between the actors are great you can feel the ”good
    vibrations” in the screen,The direction of GUY RICHIE like always
    perfect and incredible.

    The movie is about characters and situation and not about
    action.explosions or bullets…The movie is not like that…That’s why
    is so great because is so different and unique…One of the best of the
    year for me.

    If you looking to see something fresh,unique,original and with a lot of
    style this is your movie….Trust me!

  • thecinematicaddictsSeptember 4, 2015Reply

    Meh from U.N.C.L.E

    Man from U.N.C.L.E is directed by Guy Ritchie, and stars Henry Cavill
    and Armie Hammer, and this movie is based of the hit TV show with the
    same name. When a mysterious criminal organization get their hands on a
    nuclear weapon, America and Russia are forced to team up. They both
    send their best agents to work together and save the world. America
    sends dashing young smooth talking CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill),
    whereas Russia sends cold hearted killer KGB agent Illya Kuryakin.
    Together they most learn to work together and save the world.

    This movie takes its audience back in time to the Cold War. Visually,
    this movie is stunning, from the beautiful set pieces, to the costumes,
    even the music. Even the actors themselves were easy on the eyes. The
    movie successfully captured the tone and look of a 60’s spy movie,
    however it fails to have any real content. This movie is a very shallow
    and uneven attempt at a spy thriller. Throughout the story, it seemed
    fun and self aware, which were the best parts of the film, but then it
    tried to get serious. The serious and drama-like parts in the movie
    seem odd and out of place in the 60’s spy movie. Perhaps these scenes
    would have been better if the story wrapped up the open ends they left:
    Like Illya’s rage fits. Several times the KGB agent goes into fits of
    uncontrollable rage where he smashes anything or anyone close by.
    Unfortunately, the story never explains why or even tells how Illya is
    dealing with them. Other than that, Hammer’s character was very
    interesting. He pulled off the thick Russian accent extremely well,
    considering he is American.

    Speaking of Americans, CIA agent Solo (Cavill) managed to charm his way
    into the audiences heart. From the cool demeanor he keeps in the
    intense opening action scene, to the charismatic way he talks his way
    out of problems, Solo truly is the American Bond. As amazing as Henry
    Cavill is in this role, he might have been the wrong choice. When a man
    who is literally Superman trying to talk his way out of a situation, it
    really suspends the audiences disbelief. If Agent Solo had been given
    just one more action sequence, it would have saved the character. The
    action in general in Man from U.N.C.L.E left something to be desired.
    From the trailers the movie looked to be a non-stop thrill ride of
    action, but we got something very different.

    The opening scene was amazing visually and really excited the audience
    for what is to come. However this first scene was never topped. The
    opening chase was the greatest action sequence in the whole movie,
    including the gun fight between the heroes and the criminal
    organization. That gunfight seemed to be a very interesting and awesome
    action scene, but it was hardly distinguishable through all the quick
    cuts and weird transitions. If it was supposed to be a tribute to its
    60’s roots, it didn’t add anything to the film, but actually ruined a
    perfectly good action scene. Thankfully, the film avoided shaky camera
    work except during a chase sequence where it is used in a way to add
    something to the film. Although the movie steered clear of shaky
    camera, they did do lots of quick cuts that made it hard if not
    impossible to see what was happening. In general the action left
    something to be desired.

    Another shortcoming for Man from U.N.C.L.E, was its lack of a
    compelling villain. Although Elizabeth Debicki has an outstanding
    performance as the mastermind Victoria, the character herself was weak.
    She never showed a human side for the audience to connect to or relate
    with. The audience never once feared for the lives of the heroes.
    Perhaps if the villain had been or fleshed out, the danger would have
    seemed more real.

    Although its action and plot left something to be desired, the film was
    fun to watch and a great throwback to the 60’s. It was a film that
    generally left its audience saying, ”meh”. Truly a beautiful film, but
    it suffered from unfocused writing and mediocre action. In the end Man
    from U.N.C.L.E receives a 7.0/10 stars.

  • ArgemalucoSeptember 5, 2015Reply

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

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is one of the TV series I intensely admired as
    a kid, but not as an adult. Yes, I occasionally re-watch some episode
    (particularly when I find a special one, such as when William Shatner
    shows up, or the ones written by Harlan Ellison), but it doesn’t
    capture my imagination as it used to before. Now, I find out the fact
    that almost all the episodes tell the same story, besides of the fact
    that the ”suspense” is almost inexistent, and there aren’t as many
    futuristic ”gadgets” as I remembered. However, I keep enjoying the
    humor and the interaction between the main characters: a North American
    agent and a Russian one who must cooperate despite the political
    rivalries among their nations. In that aspect, the film The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E. fulfilled with my expectations, keeping the same sardonic
    sense of humor and creating a likable patriotic tension between
    Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin, but with more violence than in the
    innocent TV series. And Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer make a pretty
    good job in those roles. I had previously never swallowed Cavill, but
    in this film, he shows credibility in his character while having a good
    chemistry with Hammer. Unlike many people, I didn’t hate his
    performance in The Lone Ranger, and I think Hammer has enough talent
    and charisma to lead some future blockbuster; pity that, due to the
    various box office flops in which he worked (Mirror Mirror, The Lone
    Ranger and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), I don’t think that is going to
    happen. Alicia Vikander is absolutely credible and simply adorable as
    the damsel in distress; I was even left with wishes to see a sequel
    with her in the leading role (after all, the TV series The Girl from
    U.N.C.L.E. also existed… even though it lasted for only one season).
    Regarding the screenplay, it’s basically a variation of any Mission:
    Impossible film, but substantially reducing the scale of the action,
    stunts and espionage sequences. On the one hand, the adventures of Solo
    and Kuryakin feel more realistic inside the idealized setting of Cold
    War; but they aren’t as ingenious to hold the whole film. And I didn’t
    like the presence of too many special effects which clash with the
    ”retro” visual style present in every frame of the movie. What takes me
    to the biggest pro of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: the ’60s setting,
    including costumes, music and even saturated and grainy cinematography
    which evokes the Kodachrome look from that decade. After all, the pure
    style doesn’t compensate the narrative problems of The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E., or makes its diffuse narrative full of unnecessary tangents
    and forced complications more agile, but it makes even the weakest
    scenes become a visual delight. In summary: I liked the performances (I
    also have to mention Hugh Grant, who makes a perfect work as the
    refined/insensitive Waverly), the interaction between the characters
    and the general style of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Comparing it to other
    recent films about secret agents, I found it very superior to Hit- man:
    Agent 47, but inferior to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The best
    I can say about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is that, despite its problems,
    I would have liked to see future sequels, but its box office failure
    will probably destroy any attempt to continue the franchise.

  • Michael WeerasingheSeptember 5, 2015Reply

    A must see for Guy Richie fans!!

    I really liked this film! I don’t really see how GR could have made it
    any better!

    Action, humor, good chemistry between the actors! As a first movie in a
    (I had hoped) franchise, it does exactly what it is supposed to! I
    thought Henry Cavill did a really great job, BTW. where what is
    happening to Man of Steel 2? I am afraid we will loose a great superman
    in what is looking like C R A P justice franchise! What the guys at WB
    were thinking/smoking when they gave such a important role to Ben
    Affleck I would love to know!

    Really, really, really got my eyes up for Sylvester Groth! What a
    FANTASTIC actor!! He makes the movie so much better!

    It is in my opinion one of the summers best films! After watching crap
    like Fantastic Four, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World and the likes, this
    was a happy surprise!

    Here’s hoping it does well enough a sequel

    Michael

  • Georgian StanescuSeptember 5, 2015Reply

    What an interesting movie; Music FANTASTIC Score

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  • cassianjvhSeptember 5, 2015Reply

    Rather dreadful

    This starts with a really poor script, and this script was terrible.
    There is a complete failure to develop any decent or engaging
    characters, the three main protagonists are paper thin and boring.
    Secondly it lacks humour, the only character to make you break a smile
    is Hugh Grant, who shines in the mediocre darkness of this film.
    Thirdly there is no craft in the story telling, the plot is barely
    intelligible, makes frequent unexplained leaps and at no point does it
    arouse even mild excitement. It is very pretty with some lovely scenery
    and fashion, but no amount of prettiness can make up for the complete
    lack of excitement or interest. I was a fan of the original series,
    where there were characters after a fashion, but as a modern
    reinterpretation it is completely misses the mark.

  • jayindifferentSeptember 5, 2015Reply

    Walked Out

    I have not walked out on a film in nearly 40 years ….. I did tonight
    . From the opening scene where everything seemed off ,( supposed to be
    1963 ) the cut of his suit , to his overly coiffed hair . We then meet
    a beautiful young woman working as a MECHANIC no less , ( did I mention
    that this is all taking place in 1963 ? ) who without any provocation
    or apparent good reason starts to give Napoleon Solo crap . In two
    short minutes he then convinces her that she absolutely needs to go
    with him to save herself from the KGB . Her time as a mechanic pays
    huge dividends as she speeds through the streets and alleys of Berlin
    in a fashion that would make Rémy Julienne jealous . The dialogue , the
    characters , the cinematography , awful ! With the exception of Jared
    Harris , the acting was ATROCIOUS . I have not seen a spy movie this
    bad since ” On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ” . Poor George Lazenby
    looks like Larry Olivier next to Henry Cavill . Life is too short , I
    implore you , do / see , something / anything else !

  • Kendra Zielinski ([email protected])September 5, 2015Reply

    *****The Man from U.N.C.L.E movie is typical.

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  • facebook-688-234620September 6, 2015Reply

    Excellent spy movie

    This movie is not only refreshing because of its style, which stands on
    in the current generic batch of flicks. It has cinemagraphics that can
    compete with the very high profile atmospheric and artful movies. This
    year I haven’t heard so many people ”awww” or laugh or gasp in a
    theater.

    I’m often very critical and went in without knowing the TV-series nor
    any expectations. I’m glad I did: the movie really engages you from the
    first frame. It comes across some moments as a comic-book while others
    like an exciting Bond movie. With less erotica but more innocent and
    honest chemistry. Yet less silly as other ”spy comedy” movies. You get
    a nice feel for the different characters and they make you feel and
    live their part. All tied together with a humorously wink.

    I especially liked the way ”action scenes” are ”compressed” (you’ll
    know what I mean) in favour for character development and story. The
    attention to dressing and setting is also very appreciated – which was
    the cherry to the pie.

  • zardoz-13September 6, 2015Reply

    Above-Average but Not Memorable Prequel

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  • templar77099September 6, 2015Reply

    ”Oh, and you have a new codename. Rather a good one: UNCLE.”

    60’s set spy comedy film. Well, there you have all the ingredients. And
    Guy Ritchie knows how to use them.

    I’ve never seen the original TV Series, but after watching the film,
    I’m compelled to do it. The acting is top-notch – although some people
    have crictised the accents, I didn’t see any misstep on them – and the
    chemistry between the leads is as good as you could think you’d get.
    Henry Cavill(Napoleon Solo) is awesome, really awesome. Armie
    Hammer(Illya Kuryakin) is awesome, really awesome. Alicia Vikander(
    Gaby Teller)is awesome, bloody awesome. She is sexy, she is beautiful,
    she knows how to act and you can see she committed to the project.
    Besides these names, you have Hugh Grant, the beautiful Elizabeth
    Debicki as the main villain, Sylvester Groth as the mad Uncle Rudi.
    Jared Harris is also there.

    The plot is the strict necessary for keeping the film going, not too
    complex, not too simple, indeed, the necessary. The character
    development is not in any way revolutionary, and just for watching the
    trailers you ‘ve already figured it out. Solo and Kuryakin become pals
    – with the shadow of the antagonism of their countries still in their
    heads – and the latter develops a romance with Gaby.

    The movie itself is, from my point of view, well shot and edited. I
    just found the first fight scene – Kuryakin beating the crap out some
    Russian Officers – too jump-cutted and shaky-cammed and I thought ”Is
    this what we’re getting?” but ”No, this wasn’t what we get”. Many may
    have crictised the technique used by Rechie to hide/conceal some plot
    points/developments to two minutes later reveal to the audience, but
    well, although a bit exxagerated at times (that Condessa scene) I very
    much like it. Guy Richie’s movie are heavily stylized and that is
    indeed the major reason why I like them. This stylization sets them
    apart from other ”mainstream” action flicks.

    The sequel is inevitable, the Turkey hint – as some said, although I
    didn’t notice, some footage from their mission there makes the cut in
    the credits scene – and I want to see that sequel. I just hope it
    reaches the theaters in two/three years from now. I just can’t get
    enough. ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is a fresh take on the spy genre, a
    comedy heavy one – I don’t think the movie thinks of itself too smart
    or funny as some might say – which departs it from the Bond and Bourne
    series. A Kingsman like approach, which went fairly well.

  • RicktingSeptember 6, 2015Reply

    A load of empty style but sporadically entertaining

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a big box office bomb, which it didn’t
    deserve to be. Guy Ritchie’s flashy and pleasingly retro spy thriller
    is a fun ride but it lacks any kind of genuine punch. It’s a very
    generic spy plot which is given lift by being set during the Cold War
    and involving the CIA’s best agent (Henry Cavill) and the KGB’s best
    agent (Armie Hammer) working together. Overall TMFU is a moderate
    success. Guy Ritchie’s direction is visually excellent and unlike the 2
    Sherlock Holmes films (Which were good but not exactly Sherlock Holmes)
    his style fits the movie perfectly. The acting is good all around, with
    Armie Hammer improving on his fairly generic performance in The Lone
    Ranger although Henry Cavill occasionally comes across as a bit smug.
    Despite being set in a different time period the film manages not to
    feel anachronistic and serves up plenty of sleek entertainment.
    Ultimately this is basically just lots of style with little substance
    although the Cold War setting makes it more interesting.

    The story is completely hollow and forgettable. Style over substance
    and not in a particularly good way this lacks a real human touch and
    it’s difficult to feel truly involved in the story as a result. The
    action sequences are fun but sometimes the film sags in between them.
    There just isn’t anything we haven’t seen before in this and I’ve
    already forgotten quite a bit of it even though I only saw it a week
    ago. There’s nothing particularly wrong with TMFU and it’s fine. That’s
    the problem. It’s just fine. Compared to Furious 7, Jurassic World, Mad
    Max Fury Road and Inside Out this is a completely unmemorable and
    forgettable blockbuster which judging by the box office performance
    certainly isn’t busting any blocks. Not a bad film then since it’s
    thrilling and well made but just a very ordinary one. Does it give Bond
    a run for his money? That’s a definite no, although to be fair it’s
    certainly more fun than Die Another Day or The Living Daylights or
    Moonraker or A View to a Kill.

    6/10

  • Gustavo Schroeder ASeptember 6, 2015Reply

    Fun spy movie

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is directed by Guy Ritchie and it stars Henry
    Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. The movie also has a lot of,
    I wouldn’t really call them cameos, but includes other notable stars
    like Hugh Grant.

    The movie really tries to be a throwback to spy movies of the 1960’s
    and the TV show of the same name, and I think it really worked most of
    the time, Guy Ritchie actually did a pretty good job directing this. I
    would even dare to say (as a huge fan of Snatch) this is Rithie’s most
    stylistic movie. The movie looks great, nearly every shot is very
    stylish and cool. But the main problem I have with the film is that it
    is simply so much style over so little substance.

    Don’t come into this movie expecting to see anything new, here, you
    have your basic spy movie plot: Two spies that don’t really like each
    other but have to work together have to stop some evil people that have
    a bomb, etc. You’ve seen this stuff before. And it may work in the
    sense that the movie is a throwback to the spy films of the 1960’s but
    the truth is that as a modern viewer, most of the plot may simply come
    off as uninteresting.

    I’m not trying to say I wasn’t entertained by the movie, cause I really
    was. Although the plot was predictable and not really interesting I
    really enjoyed Cavill and Hammer’s chemistry on screen. Also, by now
    I’m a pretty big fan of Alicia Vikander, who was amazing in Ex Machina
    as well. The rivalry between the CIA agent vs. KGB agent is pretty fun
    to watch. I mentioned Hugh Grant earlier and the truth is every scene
    he’s in he just steals it, he’s great in this.

    In the end, this is a spy movie with endless clichés, from start to
    finish, from characters to villains, so it’s pretty predictable. But
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. manages to entertain. It’s fun that won’t make
    your brain work hard, and it’s also pretty funny.

  • fiona_r_lambSeptember 7, 2015Reply

    Loved it!

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  • MovieandtvloverSeptember 7, 2015Reply

    This movie is fantastic…

    A stylish action/ thriller with great performance by Henry Cavil(
    Napoleon Solo) Armie Hammer( Lllya) Alicia vikander( Gaby). I
    absolutely loved the humor and the banter between the three leads. The
    action sequences were well done and entertaining. The script is great,
    leading to a great story and excellent pacing. This is the definition
    of a entertaining movie. I’m huge movie fan, I love any genre. I highly
    recommend this movie, for 60’s vibe spy lovers, or if you love fun
    movies with excellent action sequences and great humor, and if you like
    entertaining movies. I haven’t seen or plan on watching the older
    series from the 60’s, so I don’t know how many changes it has from the
    show. I’m disappointed that this movie didn’t make enough money back,
    because I’m really hoping for a sequel. In conclusion as you can see I
    loved this movie and hope you do too.

  • fabiolpinheiro1993September 7, 2015Reply

    Tons of charm to spare, but it’s like drinking a gas refrigerant, it feels like your stomach is full but its not.

    Guy Ritchie is one of my favourite directors, so i was very excited
    about this film, and had high expectations. Did the film meet them?

    No. The film is great, but there’s two things that fail, the plot and
    the action. This is one of those films that are very entertaining, and
    2 hours fly by. The cast is beyond perfect, but the villainess steals
    the show and its a shame she doesn’t appear more. Alicia Vikander don’t
    get far behind.

    There’s charm all around, magnific visuals and production values, and a
    score like no other, a score that elevates the film and has to get an
    Oscar nom, but while the cold war and spy themes provide a great
    premise the plot is mundane. There’s not a single boring scene or
    moment, but the plot in barely existent, and the film goes on
    entertaining because of a lot of factor, the cast among them, but
    mainly because all the scenes are very good, the plot just isn’t, and
    if you think a bit, there’s not much happening.

    There’s two or three awesome twists, but the plot around them steals a
    bit of their thunder, you end the film with the feeling that there’s
    something missing. One of the more obvious things is the action,
    there’s few action scenes, but the problem is that the ones that do
    exist are very strange, in the way they are filmed, and they are so
    short that barely register. Something i found very strange considering
    this is a film by Guy Ritchie.

    Overall this is a great film, and one that entertains a lot, thanks to
    magnific visuals, a perfect cast, a brilliant score, and tons of charm
    to spare, but is like drinking a gas refrigerant, it feels like your
    stomach is full but its not.

    The end is very promising, i sure wanted a sequel, but unfortunately
    the audiences didn’t.

  • SHASHI ARYANSeptember 7, 2015Reply

    Splendid Performances and Stylish Direction Make it a Candid Spy Thriller

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a refreshing spy thriller tale adapted from
    the series by the same name which featured in the 60s. The movie is
    good and impresses the audience in certain scenes. Guy Ritchie is back
    with a bang but just falls short of what is expected from his
    direction. This movie is quite different from the ones he directed
    before. It’s not well paced like Snatch or Sherlock Holmes or
    Lock,Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But at the same time, he makes sure
    that as the audience becomes aware of this slow venture, he bursts out
    with a scene that forces you to grab your seats till the climax.

    The storyline is a blend of a stylish plot with good-looking spies and
    manipulative twists. The background music keeps the movie well-equipped
    as is needed in a thriller movie with a spy mission in hand. The movie
    is sure to entertain you with fine performances from Henry Cavill,
    Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. Cavill, Man of Steel fame, plays
    Napolean Solo in the movie and this CIA Agent is quite impressive,
    except for some romantic scenes imposed forcefully. Armie Hammer who
    plays Illya is fun and remarkable and blends quite well with Cavill.
    Now, coming to Alicia Vikander who has already impressed with Ex
    Machina this year, plays an impossibly glamorous East German car
    mechanic and can be said that she is a hot new actress gaining a lot of
    attention.

    Cinematography is excellent in the movie and leaves us with splendors.
    Beautiful costumes and nice production design also makes it watchable.
    This has already been a spy thriller year with movies like Mission
    Impossible:Rogue Nation, Kingsman and Spy. So if you expect a visual
    treat with a revitalizing story and cast, don’t miss it.

  • HelenMarySeptember 7, 2015Reply

    Enjoyable entertaining action movie experience

    I was not into the TV show of UNCLE but of course knew of it and was
    familiar with the story/characters. I knew little enough, however, that
    I went into this with an open mind and few preconceived ideas. I was
    thrilled with this film! Cavill and Hammer were perfectly cast as the
    suave conman and giant, tough Russian assassin respectively. I wasn’t
    familiar with Armie Hammer and only knew of Henry Cavill from Superman
    really. I loved Armie Hammer; he played Terminator- esque hit-man but
    soft sweet and protective very convincingly. Cavill was the comic
    relief almost, with funny facial expressions and nonchalance. Alicia
    Vikander was unknown to me too, as the pretty and petulant Gaby and she
    was believable in her role as both asset and vixen. Set in the sixties,
    amongst the Cold War, it was a fun and well delivered ”period” piece in
    terms of fashion, cars etc. The begrudging chemistry between Vikander
    and Hammer was charming, although, who can blame her looking up into
    those darkly lined eyes! Hammer had an incredible screen presence,
    every move was magnified and he had a pleasing comedy timing,
    underplaying facial expressions in a beautifully Slavic way. His accent
    was pretty enjoyable too. Cavill – a Brit – played typically American;
    confident, brash and self-assured and he played that with aplomb and a
    great deal of charisma. I could see him playing Bond now (as I have
    heard he has been tipped). A gloriously fun, entertaining and immersive
    film, not highbrow or requiring much intellectual attention but with a
    sufficient amount of plot, eye candy and exciting action with a lot of
    giggles for any viewer.

  • (yannigk)September 8, 2015Reply

    Excellent Entertaining Spy movie

    I don’t know what the critics saw (or didn’t see) because this film is
    one slick stylish spy movie that James Bond could’ve been.

    The story is pretty standard for a spy movie (extraction, infiltration,
    secret stealing, and a bombing finish), but what’s interesting isn’t
    just the story. The characters’ banter between the American and Russian
    spy with the additional female wit was amusing! The style is all there,
    beautiful cars, boats, costumes, hair, set, and music was top notch. I
    had to find the soundtrack immediately after watching this show.

    It also helps that both the leading men were sexy in their own way,
    much more than Bond himself. Sexual tension between Ilya and Gaby was
    so strong I could not take my eyes off them.

    And it is fun! If there’s one thing to take off of this movie it is the
    fun that’s lacking in most spy movies nowadays. This is entertainment.
    Do not be discouraged by the critics, I suppose they were looking for
    something heavier.

  • DareDevilKidSeptember 8, 2015Reply

    A Sensational Spy Action-Comedy with Impeccable Production Values and Nifty Direction

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  • Shubham KumarSeptember 8, 2015Reply

    The Best Analogy Watched in a long time.

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  • AliceofXSeptember 8, 2015Reply

    Style Over Substance

    Style over substance is how I would describe The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as
    that often used expression is the first thing that comes to my mind as
    I dwell on the character of Napoleon Solo as played by Henry Cavill.
    Though he is supposed to be the main character he never goes beyond a
    superficial caricature of James Bond. On the other hand the characters
    of Ilya and Gaby become more human as the movie goes on. Napoleon Solo
    on the other hand remains glib. He could practically not be in the
    movie at all as the story revolves around the romance of Ilya and Gaby
    and I now struggle to remember what Napoleon Solo was doing in the
    movie at all.

    The story of this film is generic with nothing special about, but while
    I’ve seen worse I can’t remember a film that bored me this much. The
    Man From U.N.C.L.E. is in that awful middle where it’s not good OR bad
    enough to be entertaining. There are some humorous scenes but the movie
    can’t decide if it wants to be campy funny or serious but funny.

    Also it feels like a bad prequel or one of those first films of a
    franchise, that exists only to get the team together, before the second
    much better film. Hence there are no real stakes to the plot and the
    origin story is not convincing.

    Overall my low score is because I can’t name single thing about this
    film that would serve as a recommendation for seeing it.

  • antoniotiernoSeptember 8, 2015Reply

    undeniably funny

    There’s a plot that glosses over the history very quickly,gives a brief
    mention of Hitler and the Russian and American conflict. However the
    events might arguably be set at any time, the threat of the flick being
    that nuclear weapons are being manufactured by dangerous hands. It’s a
    theme that’s been already handled many times on the big screen. In this
    story we see an excellent chemistry between the Actors but all in all
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is much more about fun than it is about
    substance. Aesthetically in general, the film marvels but then this
    wasn’t really in doubt given its era and the glimpses seen in the
    trailer. There has been Ritchie’s evident dedication to making his
    pictures look grand and to adding a classic sophistication to the world
    of espionage we haven’t seen since early 007 days.

  • JohnWellesSeptember 10, 2015Reply

    Solid Entertainment

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015), directed by Guy Ritchie, is a
    recreation of the hit 1960s American television series which originally
    starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. For the 21st century version
    however, we have Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, who are both remarkably
    effective at communicating the initial distrust and then, later,
    grudging respect for each other. This central dynamic helps make the
    film never less than entertaining and several set pieces are memorable
    precisely due to the tensions and unexpected similarities between the
    two.

    In keeping with the Cold War setting, Ritchie recreates the 1960s with
    a nicely chosen soundtrack (Roberta Flack, Nina Simone) to a fun
    opening title sequence (reminiscent of Maurice Binder’s titles for
    early James Bond films). However, just as in Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes
    pictures with Robert Downey Jr., he never truly captures the atmosphere
    of the sixties beyond the fashion of the period. Yet Ritchie
    demonstrates his ability to put together a very good action scene with
    Solo’s extraction of Gaby from East Berlin at the start of the film.
    Ritchie though, does understand that it is the shifting relationships
    between these three which is the most engaging aspect of the film, with
    the character scenes being handled with a deft touch.

    Ritchie’s visual pyrotechnics at times, such as the tiresome flashbacks
    and over-edited chases, keep interrupting the flow of a film whose
    script (by Ritchie and Lionel Wigram) is uneven to say the least. High
    comedy and grave seriousness alternate, not always comfortably,
    highlighted no more so than by the tonally misjudged torture scene of
    Napoleon Solo which ranges from the Holocaust to slapstick comedy.

    The cast though, can’t be faulted, with Jared Harris, as Solo’s
    controller, delivering a creditable Brooklyn accent, and Hugh Grant
    does his perfected debonair English gentleman impression. Alicia
    Vikander is fine, as is Elizabeth Debicki as the principle villain.
    With most of the film set in Italy, it looks, due to cinematographer
    John Mathieson, excellent, although some ugly digital inserts do mar
    the aesthetic.

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” went through many production difficulties and
    permutations of director and cast (George Clooney and Tom Cruise were
    both cast at different points to play Napoleon Solo) and the sometimes
    generic plotting (particularly the climax) seem like below par Bond
    material. Ritchie, to his credit, does maintain an enjoyable style and
    it’s a film easy on both eye and mind, even if it only ultimately makes
    a shallow impact.

  • ChrisInMiamiSeptember 12, 2015Reply

    Worth a viewing but lacks the punch I was hoping for

    Upfront disclaimer that I never saw the TV show (a decade before my
    time) but I was aware of its success and pop culture relevance. Henry
    Cavill and Armie Hammer have teamed up as suave American Agent Napolean
    Solo and Russian-with–anger-management-issues Agent Illya Kuryakin. I
    understand that this movie presents their origin story, whereas the TV
    started with them already running missions together. Good choice. Also
    a great choice to keep the setting in the 60’s; I do so love that retro
    style and feel. Unfortunately all the pieces of this film add up to
    just short of even. The chemistry is good, especially since both
    characters are bent on proving they are the better spy backed by the
    better government, but there’s not enough of it, with plenty of obvious
    missed opportunities for the characters to play off each other. That’s
    what made Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law so good as Holmes & Watson. I
    thought Guy Ritchie would be perfect to direct a buddy spy movie after
    the Holmes movies, but it seems the script just wasn’t up to the task.
    There are some good scenes, such as the opening escape from Germany and
    a great sequence where Solo decides to have a meal instead of help
    Kuryakin.

    I’m a guy Ritchie fan. His films are fun and I have enjoyed multiple
    viewings of many of them, especially the Sherlock Holmes films. The
    production value on this film is top notch, just as all his films.
    Unfortunately, I don’t think this film will get any extra viewings. The
    performances were acceptable, with recent newcomer Alicia Vikander
    being the most consistent and showing the potential for better things
    to come. I kind of feel sorry for Armie Hammer, who had a decent
    performance, but I just couldn’t get past the angry Russian stereotype
    or the accent, which wasn’t even that bad. I wonder if the British
    audience has the same problem when they watch Henry Cavill with an
    American accent as Napolean Solo or Superman? The biggest
    disappointment was the script. It gets bogged down by some poorly
    presented exposition to the point where it’s hard to remember who some
    of the characters are and why they’re important to the story. At one
    point I actually forgot what the original mission was. Some of the
    James Bond movies have struggled with the same problem over the years.
    It’s hard to explain the mission to the audience without them feeling
    like they should be taking notes during a briefing. A significant
    amount of screen time is spent on Mr. Ritchie’s snappy and fun visual
    storytelling that unfortunately wasn’t very helpful to the audience,
    and tended to make you feel like you watching a movie instead of
    enjoying a story. My wife and I both agreed that the star of this movie
    was the score and soundtrack, which brought the fun when the story was
    dragging. I do hope to see another Man from UNCLE movie, but it doesn’t
    look likely. A shame since the right story could really propel these
    characters to the pop culture forefront. For Special Agents, they
    didn’t have a very special movie.

    I give the performances a 7.5, the story a 6 and the score/soundtrack a
    9 for an overall 7.5

  • missjutekbangetSeptember 12, 2015Reply

    Full of gimmick AND DULL acting from the actor

    This movie is One of the most pointless movie I’ve watched along with
    Crank 2 : High Voltage’s by Jason Statham. Just wondering myself Why I
    have to watch this pointless movie on theater, just waste my time and
    money. I appreciate their effort to make setting on 60-70s looks real.
    But Unfortunately, It’s doesn’t make this movie at least watchable.

    I appreciated their twist and turn at beginning, but the more you watch
    it, the more you realise It’s all pointless, a lot of gimmick thrown in
    your face with little substance. You wait and wait each minutes
    something important and substance will be shown, but It’s never come.
    The bad acting from overall so called their leading actor make it more
    unbearable to watch.

    At the and of credit rolling, I just wonders, How Hollywood Can produce
    this kind of movie? What I have supposed to feel after watching it?
    It’s not even I call a comedy genre, because There is no funny scene at
    all because the acting is just DULL overall. I want to smack about
    every single actors face so they can at least show emotion properly.

  • Vinicius AndradeSeptember 13, 2015Reply

    A Comeback To The Old Spy Movies

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is latest movie of Guy Ritchie, who already has
    a considerable number of well-praised films due to his particular
    style, and it’s based on a TV series of same name that went on air
    during 1964-68. The picture succeeds in having a 60’s atmosphere
    through the characteristics clothing and hairstyles, besides the movie
    sets and portrayal of historical events which the world was suffering.
    The plot although being very predictable is actually funny and amusing.
    It might be related to the old spy movies where they didn’t take them
    too seriously having a straightforward, more lighthearted plot and
    nearly cartoonish characters. The first action scene where the main
    characters are presented is noteworthy, because of the scene’s fluidity
    combining the anxiety and humour. The others aren’t good as the first
    but what is present in all of them is comic moments and a soundtrack
    composed by Daniel Pemberton responsible for making the movie more
    engaging and possessing a particular charm.

    The characters aren’t complex, but still are interesting and enjoyable.
    The main characters are very charismatic. The rivalry between Napoleon
    Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) as well in the
    chemistry of Illya and Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) are situations
    that work very well in the story’s construction. Another aspect which
    emphasizes the similarity between old spy movies is Victoria
    Vinciguerra played by Elizabeth Debicki, she’s the classic, egocentric
    and crazy Bond’s villain.

  • DT Linda GrossSeptember 13, 2015Reply

    Ritchie goes the extra mile to do the unexpected.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie!

    Success is the best revenge! Take that Madonna! He has gone on just
    fine without her. He also directed Sherlock Holmes. I love watching his
    work. This time as director/producer, he delights in his visual and
    audio presentations. With his keen attention to detail, he goes the
    extra mile to do the unexpected. For this I would have given the movie
    a 10. I only downgraded it a little bit as the movie dragged in a
    couple of areas.

    Henry Cavill is a dreamboat to watch. Superman without the cape! I
    guess we have to go overseas (Ritchie) to find male leads (along with
    Armie Hammer) who are real men and not sissy-like. Well-done. Again,
    thanks to Ritchie, the two female leads were nice to watch, femme
    fatales with nice figures (unlike the drippy Maggie Gyllenhaal’s,
    Kristen Stewart’s, Kirsten Dunst’s, Cameron Diaz’s, kill me now Gwyneth
    Paltrow’s, washed up Jennifer Aniston’s, ugly as a horse Julia
    Roberts’, I do like her as an actress but PLEASE make her wear bangs
    Amanda Seyfried’s).

    Also, thank you Mr. Ritchie for putting in some male eye candy. The
    girl at the hotel who delivered champagne to Cavill’s room? Hubba-
    hubba. One of the best bodies I have ever seen.

    The head Russian guy, Jared Harris, kept losing his Russian
    accent…lost a point for me.

    All in all, a very fun movie. Mostly well-paced, characters you liked
    and could root for, wonderful British digs and decorum. Go see it. I
    had fun.

  • Tarek SaazebSeptember 14, 2015Reply

    Men from A.W.E.S.O.M.E.N.E.S.S

    Guy Ritchie did it again! Not to mention I’m one huge fan of his works.
    I went to see a Guy Ritchie movie and the movie worth every penny.

    Casting, screenplay (even if it’s a rip off of the 60’s TV show),
    cinematography, dialogs, acting = Simply Brilliant! No it’s not a
    popcorn flavored time crashing tool, neither it will overwhelm you with
    slick CGIs, but it will blow you away with the awesomeness of how I
    call it ”Ritchie Making”.

    I can barely leave the seats in the interval. The conversation between
    main characters were awfully funny (as expected from a Guy Ritchie
    movie). But I was missing the typical English accent till Hugh Grant
    came to the plot. This scenes were continuously putting a smile on my
    face. Loved it!

    My only sadness is, couldn’t watch it in IMAX. My rating: 8/10

  • MisachiMoonSeptember 14, 2015Reply

    Another kind of Spy movies.

    The man from U.N.C.L.E is a good movie to finish the summer, it has
    humour, action, espionage and a fine plot. This is no 007, neither
    Mission:impossible, neither Bourne nor Kingsmen.

    This is the good old classic spy movie where 2 spies, Russian and
    British, have to work together to save the nations from a world war 3.

    This movie takes place in the 60s but you won’t see anything related to
    those times except in the beginning when they spend some time in
    Berlin. The movie focuses more in the relationship of the spies with
    each other and it brings some humour to that, they both have very
    different methods and are extremely different on their results.

    The girl is also important to the plot but she doesn’t do anything as
    important as the other two.

    The villains aren’t very interesting not are they dangerous, the only
    difficulty in the mission is the teamwork between both spies, it fails
    a little at being a classic Spy movie, but the method is almost the
    same. Spy goes to another country, infiltrates, Villain starts to show
    how evil he is, Romance and a lot of action in the end with a big chase
    and a shoot out.

    The plot gets really interesting at the beginning but later starts to
    get a little bit boring, with some spy movies clichés and predictable
    events, but yet the characters will make it more enjoyable. The
    characters are interesting in their own way, both actors play very
    nicely in their roles and Henry Cavill shows that he could be a good
    James Bond.

    It’s very fun to watch and I’m sure you will enjoy this movie if you
    like spy movies, only remember that this is not the same as the rest,
    but a new take on spy movies.

  • Lord moo_23September 16, 2015Reply

    It’s Style Over Substance…But The Style Is Pretty Substantial

    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. takes place at the height of the Cold War,
    where a mysterious criminal organization plans to upset the fragile
    balance of power between the US and USSR. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and
    KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are forced to put aside their differences and
    work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks.

    With movies such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy, and Mission:
    Impossible Rogue Nation, as well as Spectre coming out in November, one
    could say that 2015 is the year of the spy movies. Joining this list is
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., which doesn’t have the uncompromising charm of
    Kingsman, the riotous fun of Spy, or the thrilling action of Mission
    Impossible, but it does have something neither of the other three have:
    Guy Ritchie.

    This is a really cool and stylized film that confidently captures the
    era without ever going overboard. The main problem I had is that it’s a
    bit too confident; the movie isn’t as clever or funny as it thinks it
    is. There are moments where the jokes hit and then are moments where
    they miss. The plot is forgettable and, at times, boring, leaving you
    with charismatic stars, winking dialogue, and implausibly dazzling set
    pieces.

    Despite questionable accents at times, the two leads share some great
    on-screen chemistry. Known for his role as Superman, Cavill plays a
    different kind of superman here; he’s that relaxed, fly by the seat of
    your pants American secret agent. Conversely, Armie Hammer plays an
    uptight, badass Russian spy; it’s that contrast between the two
    protagonists, which serves as the film’s source of comedy. In that
    regard, they’re entertaining characters to watch, albeit one-
    dimensional characters, but entertaining nonetheless.

    Alicia Vikander, from Ex Machina, impresses me every time I see her,
    and that’s certainly the case again as she plays the fiery and sensual
    link between the two agents to perfection.

    Despite the tentative pacing here and there, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is
    still an, overall, entertaining watch. Style over substance is
    acceptable, as long as the style is substantial.

  • skcpasSeptember 16, 2015Reply

    I actually didn’t care how it ended!!

    Movies are sacred to my family and I was honestly excited about seeing
    this movie. I made my son go with me and expected to be pleased to see
    a reboot of a great TV show. Unfortunately, that was not what we
    experienced. There were many things that disappointed us. First off the
    unrecognizable accents were disturbing and just awful. That wasn’t the
    only thing that ruined it for us, the script was too simple and we like
    a challenge when we go to an Action Movie. Henry Cavill should have
    been allowed to use his real accent which is incredibly cool and he
    could have played a British spy instead of an American one. My son fell
    asleep during the movie and we left without seeing the end which is a
    huge deal for us as cinefiles. We wait for months for movies to be
    released and love the movie theater experience. This movie was two
    thumbs down for us. I wouldn’t even suggest seeing it on local TV or
    cable. Avoid it if possible!

  • rolerbeSeptember 17, 2015Reply

    Devoid of merit

    I love spy novels and movies.

    I Can’t remember the last time I walked out of a movie before this one.
    Just awful. No chemistry, dull dialog, no dramatic tension. Like
    listening to a first script reading.

    Dull, Dull, Dull.

    There were plenty of action moments, they just fell completely flat and
    lifeless. Not a character to care for within a 300 mile radius.

    And none of the spark of ingenuity of the original series.

    How could they have gotten it so wrong?

    Hard to see, in this day and age, how such drek doesn’t get weeded out
    in the story-boarding, in the run-throughs, in the filming, and
    certainly in the editing.

  • paul_3-960-896774September 17, 2015Reply

    It may not be original but it’s fun

    The film sounds like a plot that you’ve heard before but it embraces it
    and works. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a bit of a surprise for me
    because I didn’t expect it to be as good. The pace of the movie is slow
    but it’s oddly captivating. It doesn’t get boring or drop at any point,
    the film is funny, sexy, and witty. The innuendos in the dialogues are
    brilliant and priceless, some of them are so subtle that they could go
    unnoticed. The movie obviously has a James Bond feel to it but it’s
    much more relaxed and simple, while still being fun and entertaining to
    watch. The cast and Guy Ritchie’s brand of directing is probably what
    makes it work.

    by @wornoutspines.

  • Kendell DavenportSeptember 18, 2015Reply

    Unique and Excellent

    The director breaks from the ”action film” norm and creates a low key
    even tempo story that depends on character, acting, drama and humor
    instead of action and special effects. And it works beautifully.

    I was expecting another over the top action remake of a TV classic, or
    worse, a spoof. What we get is an intelligent, (sometimes silly and
    humorous intelligent) retake of a classic. Many films that try to be
    too much.. both drama and action and comedy get lost and fail at it
    all. This movie blends all three in just the right dose and pulls it
    off smoothly and with class.

    And surprise, instead of ”updating” it to modern times, it was set in
    the original 60’s!

    From the beginning I was surprised by this film, and loved it.

  • Al_The_StrangeSeptember 20, 2015Reply

    Man from UNCLE Review

    Even though this is a Cold War thriller, this is not a movie you’d want
    to see for action. Sure, there’s a couple of big chase scenes and some
    shooting in the middle, but most of this film is all about the
    characters. On one side, you have the suave, skilled, confident
    American thief who struck a deal to work for the CIA. On the other
    side, you have the strong, blunt, rigid Russian superspy who suffers
    from some anger management issues. Put the two together on a mission,
    and the sheer chemistry really makes the sparks fly.

    What the film lacks in actual action or setpieces, it makes up for
    tremendously in the characters. All of the film’s fun is in watching
    the sharp banter between the two polar-opposite male leads. The
    dialogue alone is often witty, amusing, and shows great color and
    personality. Best of all, it’s brought to life vividly by the actors,
    who offer top-notch performances. To say nothing of the female leads,
    who offer even more dynamism to the plot.

    Fortunately, the plot is pretty interesting and solid too. The actual
    mission the characters go on carries over a lot of familiar tropes and
    elements you might see in other spy movies – dense conspiracies,
    elaborate games of deception, megalomaniacs, torture, etc. The
    characters are very well-developed and their volatile relationships
    keep the pace rolling for the whole runtime. Unfortunately, all the
    color seems to get sucked out in the last big chase, before the endgame
    rolls out. The last few scenes tie together some pieces of the plot
    that you’ll never even notice throughout the picture, before its
    reaches a strangely short ending. It’s more of a punchline than a
    climax.

    One more thing that makes this movie shine will be its production and
    style. Filming looks fantastic, and it is edited in a fairly flashy
    way. There is a ton of really great, hip music throughout. If it was
    any flashier, it would feel like a Tarantino picture. Performances are
    awesome by the whole cast: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are both great
    in their roles, and they play off of each other very aptly. Alicia
    Vikander is just as fun to watch. Elizabeth Debicki is especially
    entrancing to watch – her performance is like the antithesis to Audrey
    Hepburn (same sense of fashion and everything), and it’s all the more
    effective that way. This production uses very good, real-looking sets,
    props, and costumes.

    I have no idea how good of an adaptation this movie is to the original
    TV show, but I love it for its style, its playful tone, and its
    characters. If that appeals to you, then the film is certainly
    recommended. If it’s action you crave, better go watch Mission
    Impossible instead.

    4/5 (Experience: Good | Story: Good | Film: Very Good)

  • temrok9September 20, 2015Reply

    Instant classic

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  • R Bobby Green (deffault)September 23, 2015Reply

    smooth criminal 7.5 out of 10

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  • keithlovesmoviesSeptember 23, 2015Reply

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Review

    In the middle of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization led
    by a woman named Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki) is trying to
    acquire nuclear weapons and technology to create friction and upset the
    balance between the United States and Russia. CIA agent Napoleon Solo
    (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced
    to set aside their differences and team up in order to stop these
    criminals in their tracks. This duo must use the help of a missing
    German scientist’s daughter Gabby (Alicia Vikander) who they must find
    to stop a possible global catastrophe.

    First I’ll say this film is not Bond or Bourne, but it is fun. I’ve
    never heard of the TV show this is based on either. When the film
    starts, you’ll notice that it serves as a period piece in that it
    exudes 60s culture with the outfits, the technology, the soundtrack,
    and the overall look of everything. It doesn’t beat you over the head
    with it as it takes a backseat to the plot. The story is pretty
    standard here and is not too overly original for an action movie. You
    get all the normal stuff: fight scenes, car chases, shooting,
    explosions, etc. These are all done well as you can see that they spent
    a decent amount of time working on each of them. All of these were shot
    nicely as well but I could definitely have gone without all the spit
    screen stuff. I thought the acting was very good in this with Cavill
    being the cool, sly American agent and Hammer providing the
    counterbalance to Cavill’s many quips. This brings me to my favorite
    thing about this film which is the writing. It brings smarts and some
    comedy to lighten things up a little and to break up all the action
    sequences. This is evident in a few scenes near the middle and end. I
    thought Vikander was okay but she didn’t really have to much to do here
    and Debicki was great as an icy, cold villain who I wish I could have
    seen more of. Hugh Grant was good as well in a minor role. What I
    didn’t like about this film was the chemistry between Cavill and
    Hammer, I thought they were good individually but I did not enjoy it as
    much when they were together. Something just did not seem right to me.
    Finally, this film does not compare to all of the other action films
    that have come out this year but it gets a recommendation for just how
    fun it is to watch and it does have a lot of enjoyable moments.

    Score: 7.5/10 keithlovesmovies.com

  • ConsultingHobbitExtractorsSeptember 23, 2015Reply

    Tons of style with more story and character than you might expect.

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  • Lana RSeptember 24, 2015Reply

    Loving your work, Guy

    I absolutely loved watching this movie. The script written is clever
    and witty. Guy has done it again! One of things I like about Guy’s work
    is, even the trivial stuff is shown with such prominence and caliber
    that you can relate to it. What is a movie, without any sense of humor?
    I was laughing the whole time. Oh! and the two actors are rightfully
    picked.The scene wherein they chose a dress for her is very humorous.
    One of the best SPY Movies I have ever seen.

    My only grudge is the movie was slow. Although, I would rate Sherlock
    and Lock, stock and Snatch a tad bit higher than this one. The climax
    was clichéd. Just watch it! I bet you’ll not regret it.

  • Ahab RutherfordSeptember 26, 2015Reply

    Awesome modern version of James Bond

    As summary says, this is modern James Bond. Story is classic, but the
    way movie is made is very refreshing. There is elegance and style of
    007’s, but with more humor. The way movie is made is absolutely great.
    By this i mean the way it’s recorded, the atmosphere in movie and
    similar. And acting is great, too. I really like all characters.

    And that cliché old story of US vs. Russia will just make you laugh,
    since even this has new scent in it.

    Soundtrack is awesome. When you hear soundtrack called Circular Story,
    you will know what i mean. Scene and soundtrack are breath taking! Only
    scene that is equally good is docking scene from Interstellar, Hans
    Zimmer, No time for caution. Awesome scene with awesome fitting
    soundtrack. Senses merging.

    All in all, i do recommend this movie for either couples or family. Or,
    if you are introvert, feel free to watch it alone. ^^

  • hamish-25851September 27, 2015Reply

    Fast and fun Friday night popcorn flick, but not memorable

    It’s swift, funny, breezy, and has about as much substance as a soap
    bubble… but then that’s all part of the fun! This movie applies a
    very simple formula: put beautiful people into gorgeous places, keep
    the plot moving with intrigue but keep it light with humour, then top
    the whole thing off with just a frisson of sexuality. It’s the perfect
    Friday night at the flicks.

    Everything looks gorgeous. Car lovers will spot a Ferrari 350 GTO
    quietly nestled into the background in several scenes – one of the most
    beautiful cars ever made – which is there, purely and simply, because
    the location is a whole lot prettier with it sitting there. Nobody gets
    into it, nobody drives it anywhere. The car isn’t integral to the plot
    in any way. It’s just there because, well, why not.

    The other major strength of the movie is its sense of humour. There is
    something to have a chuckle at in almost every scene, from the
    interplay between the three lead characters, deliberate subverting of
    spy and action movie clichés by the director, and even making jokes
    that rely purely on character to make sense. This last is an area where
    the movie really scores aces. Guy Ritchie manages to take two
    good-looking but one-dimensional leads and actually turns their flat
    acting to comic effect. He turns what could have been a movie-killing
    liability into an asset, and not just once either.

    Deliberately keeping it in the ’60’s has worked out brilliantly. Sure,
    it’s the vision of the ’60’s that we’d all like to believe in, but it
    works. World powers facing off? Sure. Fast shifts from one Cold War
    hotspot to another? Par for the course. Everyone – and I do mean
    everyone – dressed in fab outfits and looking glam to the max? You bet.
    Over the top villains and diabolical plans fit right in, which is where
    the movie becomes a victim of its own success.

    None of it carries any weight. It’s just too frothy. Even a comedy has
    to have some substance, and this just… doesn’t. The rapid pace of the
    plot, the quick getaways, the heroes getting out of one fix after
    another in the minimum possible screen time – it keeps the
    entertainment factor high, but the tradeoff is that it can’t generate
    any tension.

    The acting is pretty flat, too, even by the jokey standards that this
    movie runs on. None of the characters ever feel like more than
    cardboard cutouts. They’re very stylish cutouts, they have the moves
    and the lines, but they’re still cutouts. They don’t grow. They don’t
    become people, even the cartoony type that an audience would expect
    here. As a prop for jokes flung at that character, that’s fine, but
    it’s terrible for getting an audience to identify with them in any way.

    The worst weakness of the whole thing is that there’s a resolution
    around every corner, and not just for the plot lines. Every time a
    problem comes up it gets immediately solved. At first it’s very
    engaging, but after a while everything just ends up looking easy.

    In short, it’s as light as a soufflé, and about as satisfying. It’s fun
    along the way, but ten minutes after you’ve left the theatre, you’ll
    struggle to remember any of it.

  • logan_chargers24September 29, 2015Reply

    Fun and Entertaining

    To me, I was caught off guard when I saw this movie in theater’s this
    weekend. I thought it was going to be a regular spy movie with a hint
    of Mission Impossible here, James Bond there, and Jason Bourne in the
    middle. It was quite the opposite, which to me is what made it
    enjoyable. It had it’s own style. Guy Ritchie put in some hilarious
    moments and very cool action scenes, all filmed very uniquely. The more
    I think about it after I saw it, the more I love it. I’ve listened to
    the soundtrack like crazy. There was some plot uneasiness, it was fast
    sometimes but maybe that adds a little reality to it. Henry Cavill and
    Armie Hammer were fantastic even though Armie’s Russian accent was
    sometimes pretty rough. I don’t know how he did as good as he did. They
    worked really well together.

  • tinovalkkiOctober 3, 2015Reply

    Not even nostalgic

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is quite big disappointment. I haven’t seen the
    original television series, so I can’t even feel a bit of nostalgia.
    Only good thing in this movie is it’s imagery of 60’s which makes it
    looks fresh. Good thing is that they haven’t try to bring story to
    present. It try so hard to make James Bond parody, but doesn’t manage
    in it. Humor is not good enough and it feels to written to younger
    audience. That feels quite stupid because most of it’s audience is way
    older than 50’s. Timing of the the movie is also a big problem. It
    feels like there is only bunch of sequences glued together. With better
    timing it could be a better story.

    Story is lame and implausible and actors won’t get anything out of
    their characters. Russian agent who try to speak English with Russian
    accent feels just stupid and Henry Cavill is not believable agent.
    Predictable story and clumsy jokes just don’t work. It is better to
    leave this movie alone in it’s theatrical release and pick it up when
    it comes out in DVD. It only takes few months when you found it from
    sales with only few Euros to pay, so it is better to watch at home when
    you are always free to pause it when visiting at refrigerator.

  • melveenaeaOctober 4, 2015Reply

    Not worth my money

    Maybe it was my fault for not screening this movie enough but I
    couldn’t even finish the movie. Walked right out in the middle of it. I
    was hoping for it to be ”clean” because it’s a movie based off of a TV
    show back in the ’70s..although it doesn’t show nudity or people
    actually having sex, the sexual innuendos leaves little to the
    imagination. All I wanted was an action packed movie. I was looking
    forward to two of the top spies from two different different countries
    working together but nope. I guess it’s too much to ask for a movie
    with a straight on plot, without anyone having to sleep with people, or
    inappropriate sounds or jokes. JUST GIVE ME A MOVIE WITHOUT JUNK IN IT,
    PLEASE!

  • ([email protected])October 8, 2015Reply

    Very good movie

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a movie released on 15 August 2015. It’s a
    story happened in the 1960s during the Cold War period, Napoleon Solo,
    who is the agent from CIA, helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany
    despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin
    successfully. Later, all three unexpectedly find they working together
    in a joint mission as a team to stop a private criminal organization by
    using Gaby’s father’s scientific expertise to construct their own
    nuclear weapon. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three
    must find a way to cooperate to protect the world peace; even through
    they all have their own agendas.

    This movie shows the audiences that teamwork is necessary and important
    to get the mission successfully done; they all are indispensable to
    this mission. If any one of the three made any mistakes, the whole plan
    of stopping the private organization to drop the nuclear bomb would be
    ruined. Such as, without Gaby, both Solo and Illya would not find a way
    to get close to the private origination to get more information in
    order to make specific plans to stop everything. Without Solo’s
    corporation, Gaby would be died at the beginning of the movie since she
    didn’t have the ability to protect herself from the bad guys. Without
    Illya, when Solo made mistakes careless, the enemy would found them a
    long time ago. Only if they are consolidated and work as a team, the
    plans they made will have a huge chance to be well done. Teamwork is
    always important, it make impossible things become possible, and it
    also make things easier to do. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is not only an
    action movie, it does teach the audience life experience.

    On the other hand, the movie shot in a wonderful good order, the whole
    thing is cohesive and efficient, the whole movie has no extra scene and
    the story is perfectly smooth. For example, without shooting the scene
    that Solo saved Gaby, they would not meet Illya and become a team to
    start planning to get into the private organization through Gaby. At
    the same time, Gaby changed the plan made with Solo and Illya earlier
    in order to earn the trust from the private organization. She decided
    to tells the enemy that her team is following her to find the place the
    organization products the bomb. This leads the story to Gaby gets into
    the place successfully and tries to convince her father to stop helping
    the organization doing bad things. All these connected scenes make the
    whole movie become smoother and more accurate when the movie expresses
    the story to the audiences.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a very meaningful movie not only because the
    positive message of the importance of teamwork, it passes to the
    audiences, also because it’s concise and to the point, no wasting of
    any scenes in the movie. I do recommend to see it in the theater
    because it’s worth it.

  • kosmaspOctober 19, 2015Reply

    Fun watch

    I never watched the original TV show, but a friend of mine did, and he
    was really excited about this movie. Even I could tell they really put
    some effort in this. You get thrown back into an era you might (very
    likely) not know. But that shouldn’t take away the fun you can have
    with this.

    It’s a mystery why this underperformed at the box office, but might
    have to do with the fact, that people could not really tell what this
    is. The TV show is not as accessible as other (A-Team, Mission
    Impossible and so forth). If you get a chance and you like spy
    comedies, you should check this out. Even if it goes a bit overboard
    towards the end (a twist that doesn’t make too much sense), it still
    pretty fun

  • mgould23October 22, 2015Reply

    Awful film

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  • PlayStationThreeFanOctober 23, 2015Reply

    Really Fun Movie

    This movie was really fun. It didn’t take itself too seriously, but it
    wasn’t too light-hearted either. All the actors seemed good in their
    roles. It had a great feel to it. The trailer made me want to see it,
    but evidently most other people didn’t think so; it only grossed $13.5
    million its opening weekend, which is a shame because it was a great
    summer movie that more people should have seen. It isn’t even close to
    making it’s budget back yet, so even with home video sales, it seems
    unlikely that it will get a sequel. I’m not some franchise fanatic, but
    I would fully support Guy Ritchie making a sequel if that’s what he
    wanted to do. It’s a shame it didn’t do better.

    7/10

  • Darren PettsOctober 27, 2015Reply

    Nothing happened and I couldn’t care less about the characters

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  • clight77October 27, 2015Reply

    Way over rated at 7.6

    What ever made this director take a comedic tone on this movie was
    beyond me. There is funny and there is funny but this misses the mark
    totally. What could and should have been a good movie was completely
    ruined in this production. It felt like the actors actress’ wished they
    were anywhere else in the world other than in this movie, hollow and
    wooden acting. What a shame.It sure would be nice if they actually did
    a action crime thriller of this movie.Who votes and rates these movies
    here is beyond me, as there is not a chance in the world that this
    movie rates anywhere near a 7.6 on IMDb. Well enough said, as always
    everyone has to decide for themselves.

  • linaresjuliaOctober 27, 2015Reply

    The Man from Uncle

    It’s the first time I watch a movie twice!

    I really enjoyed it, funny, sexy, a little bit of history, beautiful
    places, great photography, good actors, obvious chemistry between them.
    The only actors I Knew about were Henry and H. Grant but I have to say
    that Armie, Alicia, Elizabeth, Luca, etc were fantastic. Was also
    fantastic the chemistry between them on the tour they did to promote
    the movie.

    I WISH Guy Ritchie and the studio talk soon to make a second part. Have
    to say that many people laughed on the movie theater, even a little
    girl who was with her mom (the 2nd time I went) Congrats!!!!

  • Titus ONeillOctober 27, 2015Reply

    If you were born after 1990, this film may make you cry UNCLE!

    The humour is dry, subtly shaken then stirred.

    The plot, pacing and character progression are as faithful as they can
    be while still taking itself seriously enough to laugh at origins. An
    homage to the period of the film just about everything is a parody or a
    shout out to 1960’s espionage series of it’s time..

    I have found many people going out of their way to try and brand this
    flick as a serious period film. To do so is to rob yourself of the
    hundreds of easter eggs planted liberally in every scene.

    With that said; It is a fine film indeed.

    The soundtrack was fantastic and the score faithfully carries our
    heroes from adventure to adventure while maintaining its distance
    enough so this odd couple can banter freely.

  • Ima BeanOctober 27, 2015Reply

    Tired and uninspired.

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  • djangozelf-12351October 28, 2015Reply

    Guy Ritchie’s snooze fest.

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  • annogOctober 29, 2015Reply

    More About Hair and Fashion, not Really about Spies.

    Guy Ritchie has made two good films and this one sadly is not in that
    category.Perhaps his marriage to Madonna ruined him, er, creatively
    speaking.

    We love the humour in this movie, but there is not enough of it to pull
    us through and make it a good film. It’s a bit like the original TV
    show and to tell the truth (though I was a huge fan at the time) the
    show was not that great.

    We kept waiting for something interesting to happen. All we got was
    people bitching at each other and more fashion, but very little humor
    and/or spy thriller.

  • mrrob-31532October 29, 2015Reply

    Poor imitation

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  • amesmondeOctober 29, 2015Reply

    Excellent sixties styled spy film

    A professional thief turned CIA agent teams up with KGB operative and
    mechanic named Gaby Teller to prevent a nuclear disaster.

    It’s a cool action comedy spy film directed by Guy Ritchie, and
    co-written by Lionel Wigram with Ritchie, based on the 1964 television
    series. Set in 1963 it’s plays as an origin story of sorts.

    As with recreating old London in Sherlock Holmes Ritchie here recreates
    the sixties with great nostalgic glasses aided by a score composed by
    Daniel Pemberton. Its packed with suave style, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    has a hi jinx cold war James Bond-esque story with charismatic stars,
    exciting set pieces and on point action, notable is the opening escape
    across the Berlin Wall.

    With a great supporting cast including Hugh Grant, oozing charisma and
    screen presence is Henry Cavill who is outstanding as Napoleon Solo,
    but Armie Hammer steals the show as the more developed character Illya
    Kuryakin.

    Even though it’s arguably over longer, with slick direction, a spin on
    every spy trope and littered with East versus West gags, it is a piece
    of wonderful executed entertainment.

  • A_Different_DrummerOctober 30, 2015Reply

    Kingsman … it’s not/

    The odds were against this project before the cameras even started to
    roll.

    With possibly one exception — Kingsman, more of an homage than
    anything else, and surprisingly entertaining — every attempt to
    recreate content from this period, or even capture the spirit, has
    failed, and miserably.

    This is yet another coulda, shoulda, woulda film that seems to start
    off with a clever premise, and tries extra hard, but in the end leaves
    the viewer watching the clock and wondering which outfit to wear to
    work the next morning…

    Aside from being massively overwritten, to a point almost of absurdity,
    the failure here is less due to specific factors than to the premise
    itself. And the premise was that it could be possible to recreate the
    fun, the allure, the joie de vivre, of an entire decade merely by cool
    outfits and clever dialog.

    Were this the case, the DVD collection of HAPPY DAYS would be a major
    bestseller. And it is not.

  • (duguyiyan)October 30, 2015Reply

    Good funny action movie even though not perfect

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  • Radu_AOctober 30, 2015Reply

    Cool, cooler, U.N.C.L.E. – if style is your thing, do not miss this

    It’s really sad that Warner did not believe in this film. Otherwise
    they would have marketed it more aggressively, giving more people a
    chance to hear about it. So I guess many folks fared like me – I was
    really curious how Ritchie would adapt the source material, since he is
    indubitably the one director everyone would expect to direct an 007
    picture, but has not done so. However, the theatrical run was cut so
    short that I had to wait for its digital release. And while it was
    immensely entertaining to watch, it would have been absolutely glorious
    in a theater, what with the splendid set designs, costumes, editing and
    soundtrack.

    Ritchie tends to be underestimated as a director even though he has his
    share of movies in the IMDb top 250. That is because he always goes for
    entertainment rather than artsy stuff and because his ex-marriage still
    undeservedly haunts his reputation. He has a tremendous skill for both
    timing scenes and eliciting good performances out of actors who are not
    necessarily Oscar material. In ”Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, this is just as
    evident as in ”Snatch” or”Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels”. Hammer,
    who was stiff and wooden in ”Lone Ranger” and ”Mirror Mirror”, is
    pretty good in this one because his scenes are timed very well and his
    character fits. Cavill, who often seems more like a model than an
    actor, is used very effectively as just that – a model playing a super
    spy. That comes across as quirky, ironic and therefore totally in sync
    with a 60s spy flick. The real steal however is Elizabeth Debicki’s
    performance, which should push her career for greater things to come.
    In a role very similar to Eva Green’s in ”Spy”, she looks less bored,
    more poised, with a perfect balance between self-irony and over-the-top
    evil, exactly how a spy movie villain should come across.

    The main character in this film is, however, 60s fashion. That may make
    this film not everyone’s cup of tea. Everybody looks absolutely
    gorgeous in absolutely every situation. The attention to detail is
    almost ridiculous. Cavill’s suits are just as stunning as his
    turtleneck sweaters; The escape boats, the safe to be cracked, the
    henchman’s shoes, the eavesdropping bugs are all incredibly beautiful.
    Which makes this particular spy film very, very camp. Which may be a
    little out of zeitgeist. But if you know the original TV series, you
    will appreciate the overdone styling, because that makes it a spot-on
    homage.

    In short: much more entertaining than a 20-year-plus development hell
    and the leads could make you assume, ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is an
    almost too perfect tribute to spy flicks of yonder. Ritchie, who not
    just directed, but also produced and wrote the script, shows that he is
    still at the top of his game. It’s almost as if this is a calling card
    to Barbara Broccoli – Ritchie would definitely be the top choice for a
    revamp of the Bond franchise.

  • ggmcheartagramOctober 30, 2015Reply

    Hilarious – In A Good Way

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • PeaceGuardOctober 31, 2015Reply

    This is a shockingly weak action movie.

    I really expected something much better. I’ve seen some of the Guy
    Ritchie’s movies and honestly each one of them was better than this.
    I’m not really sure why does it have such a high rating like 7.6,
    because 6, which I give it for entertainment values, is already
    overrated. The movie does not thrill or hold in suspense. The acting is
    okay, but surely not above average. I expected some good humour, but it
    was also very lame. The story is really weak, like from a Van Damme or
    Seagal movie. There are a couple of moments when the form of the film
    shines, but the content never does. And the worst of all is being (or,
    in fact, not being) realistic/authentic/credible. I don’t want to waste
    my time for listing all the specific examples, like I usually do, but I
    just want to spare other people wasting two hours of their time. Almost
    none of the fragments of this movie hold together, have logical sense
    or is coherent. This is just one of the worst ”classic action” movies
    I’ve seen lately. It’s even worse than a typical Bond movie.

    I don’t recommend it to anyone who expects some level out of a movie,
    even if it’s just an action movie. Don’t count on me to see the next
    part 😉

  • Ahmed AyashyOctober 31, 2015Reply

    Dull

    Very dull and boring movie. with a lot of forced jokes.

    not worth your time.

    10 years ago i would’ve been extremely surprised that this movie is
    that bad with such a promising premise, however nowadays used to it and
    this one simply follows the trend of bad movies.

    another bad Hollywood flick, made exclusively as a test for future
    money grabbing franchise.

    the movie takes the ”bad guy” cliché to a new level.

    what more to say, well not much really, the action scenes are
    pointless, there is no real danger, they simply kept trying to include
    worthless punch-lines that deems Arnold’s one liners Shakespearian in
    comparison.

  • pranayjalviOctober 31, 2015Reply

    Would have been way better

    First of all, I am a fan of Guy Ritchie’s work. I have seen Snatch,
    Sherlock Holmes etc. I was very enthusiastic to watch this movie
    because it has a spy content in it. The first half was more interesting
    than the second half. Henry Cavill as a spy looks great and played it
    well too. Rather the movie was more of comedy than detective in nature.
    The views were great but the acting was flawed. The movie was full of
    boring jokes and needless conversation to increase the runtime of the
    movie. At the second half the movie gets twisted in itself and the
    characters starts looking dull. Fans of Guy Ritchie may have enjoyed it
    much more than I did. If I go with rating the movie, I give it 2.5/5. I
    didn’t got what I expected of this.

  • brynwillsNovember 1, 2015Reply

    awful not for the purist

    was one of the movies i was looking forward too, enjoyed the likes of
    helicopter spies etc. Started to watch, what hit me was how poor the
    acting was – so wooden. the storyline was terrible, one not to watch
    again.

    The film was long and drawn out or lets say it felt like it and really
    wanted it to end as soon as possible.

    The was a distinct lack of action don’t really know what the film was
    trying to achieve, what ever it was trying it failed.

    This movie is destined for the DVD bargain bin along with schlotty the
    psychedelic donkey 3

  • palavitsinisNovember 1, 2015Reply

    Didn’t expect it to be SO good!

    This movie was a pleasant surprise! I knew and valued the actors but
    did not expect it to be that good! I remembered Armie Hammer from the
    Social Network, but he was actually better than expected! He was my
    favorite in the movie! Henry Cavill was so slick and he actually seems
    like a candidate for the next Bond movie, easily.

    Alicia Vikander was gorgeous and really really good as well! Put that
    together with a nice storyline, awesome photography and a nice
    ”vintage” feel for the entire movie, and you need nothing more! The
    costumes, the clothes and everything about the movie was so tastefully
    done that you felt like living at the time of the movie. That’s
    invaluable!

    Myy favorite part was when I realized that it will probably get a
    sequel and I guess a trilogy, etc. Guy Ritchie has become one of my
    favorite directors with movies like this. If you haven’t watched it
    already, you should!

  • charleswjokeNovember 1, 2015Reply

    Meh?

    I like Guy Ritchie, his films like Snatch, Lock stock and Rocknrolla
    are some of my favorite movies. They are very re watchable, the
    characters are fun and interesting and the dialogue is very quotable
    and memorable. The Man From UNCLE has fun interesting characters in the
    form of the two main secret service agents, one that resembles a suave
    bond and another a more realistic less smooth Russian agent. These are
    fun characters and their relationship and conversations are the
    highlight of the movie. The rest is sadly kind of dull. The action
    wasn’t particularly interesting or investing, the drama was blandish,
    and I was never really invested in the intrigue and plot. So… yeah…
    I’m hoping Ritchie goes back to Britain for his next movie as I feel he
    has a more personal connection with that world, not the spy world.

  • flingebuntNovember 2, 2015Reply

    Different is sometimes bads

    I know that a lot of people like this movie, but there are good reasons
    why it flopped.

    The concept comes from the TV series where an American CIA agent and a
    KGB agent work together to do some vaguely defined task (there is a
    nuclear bomb or something, but I am not exactly sure what they plan to
    do with it).

    Most of the movie involves people sitting around talking. engaging in
    pointless dull banter and petty pathetic bantering. Pretty much nothing
    that happens in the movie is movie the plot forward.

    The action is dull and also does little to advance the plot, which is
    why they made it so stylish.

    Overall a great 30 minute TV show stretched to the length of a feature
    movie and it suffers for this. While there are lovely subtleties in
    this movie, none of them really pay off.

    To put it another way, here is a movie that tries to be different,
    fails to entertain most people, and blows away a small group of people.

  • kghosh13November 2, 2015Reply

    Disappointed

    *I have not seen the series and for me this was a completely new
    concept and an independent film*

    Guy Ritchie is my favorite director. I absolutely worship him as a
    movie making God. However, I am hugely disappointed with the film. It
    starts off very well with a lot of promise and then somehow manages to
    fade away. It seems as though he lost interest somewhere while making
    the film.

    Henry Cavill as Solo is convincing. Though I felt he would have done
    better as Illya. Alicia Vikander is flat throughout the film. Armie
    Hammer, well, he has done the job, just about. I am not convinced that
    this was the best casting.

    This may become a new film franchise, but I wont be eagerly waiting for
    a sequel.

  • srdjannalisNovember 2, 2015Reply

    A breath of fresh air

    How I missed a movie like this in the era of ”brute Bond”, ”kids”
    Marvel, ”over played” Bourne and others. This movie is a real ”breath
    of fresh air” from 1960. Where to start: cast, director, music,
    costumes, photography they all deserve great praise. • Cast, they
    aren’t using their own accents for the roles they play, Henry Cavill
    (British) playing the American Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer (American)
    playing Russian Illya Kuryakin and Alicia Vikander (Swedish) playing
    German Gaby Teller. Part from that you don’t know who has more charm
    and presence on the screen. • What to say about Guy (director)?(spoiler
    alert) The scene where Napoleon and Iliya are running away by boat,is
    the best combination of action and song that I saw on the movie screen
    for a long, long time, and Guy deserves Oscar just for it! • Music,
    spot on in every scene going from Retro to Rock, from ”Che vuole questa
    musica stasera” (by Peppino Gagliardi) to ”Compared To What” (by
    Roberta Flack) and back to ”Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days” – (by
    Louis Prima) outstanding! • Costumes, remember the time when Dior, Yves
    Saint Laurent use to make clothes you can wear? • Photography, OMG :
    lake Como, Rome, Berlin, should I say more? All in all: master
    director, great cast and movie of the year so far!!!

  • s3276169November 3, 2015Reply

    Captures the 1960’s spy show genre beautifully….

    The Man From Uncle captures the 1960’s spy show genre beautifully. Its
    loosely based on a 1960’s series with the same title, which many modern
    film goers are probably not going to be familiar with.

    The storyline, through to the characterizations and cinematography, are
    thoughtfully crafted and the film skillfully directed. Thankfully
    there’s nothing ”camp or retro” about this title. It does have a sense
    of humour but its applied with a light hand and wisely avoids self
    satire, for the most part. The result is a a film that is not self
    conscious and, as a result, really captures ”that 60’s feeling” and
    holds it throughout its ninety or so minutes.

    The key characters have a real chemistry too, that only serves to
    enhance this already well rounded film. There is, of course, a lot of
    familiar and at least one, oddly novel, action sequence(s) on offer,
    which take on new life with a 60’s ”make over”.

    For my money, The Man From Uncle, is is a superior remake of a TV
    classic, that has been cleverly and capably transferred to film. I
    genuinely hope there’s a sequel. Nine out of ten from me.

  • Zeeshan MahmudNovember 3, 2015Reply

    Brilliant!!!!!

    Well, I got hooked seeing the trailer and before I built up the
    suspense I actually looped the trailer a lot of times. Yeah it is that
    good and as a member noted I simply cannot fathom why they didn’t
    market it more.

    It is my favorite movie of the year so far with Straight Outta Compton
    coming as the second favorite. I loved everything about the movie- the
    stylized effect, the credits and intro, the spy vs spy tet-a-tet, the
    delicious accents… everything. My only qualm is it is a bit too long.
    Two hours would be a bit of a chore to watch it at theaters although I
    watched it at home.

    Remember, you guys – see what I did there- need to make it like a shot.
    Moviegoers wanna get a guilty shot of the most potent substance but not
    overdo it.

    Having spitted out the only chink in the armor (not Armie Hammer) here
    is my revelation. I think Cavill’s character deserves an Oscar. Oh come
    one why not! He made the character like-able. I mean isn’t that what
    you want? Look at all the cool memorable characters to get Oscar:
    Ledger’s Joker, Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Well it works
    for me.

    Although it may not happen with strong contenders as Depp and
    Gyllenhaal, but it is PRECISELY because of the suave characteristics of
    Napoleon Solo that would make me watch this movie over and over again.

    Ars gratia artis, but it also helps when art is something that can be
    watched over and over again.

    Tout court: It works. See it.

  • Basso3000November 3, 2015Reply

    Dull, poorly written and utterly boring

    After seeing a promising and action-packed trailer, I was very pumped
    expecting to see a film that would give James Bond a run for his money.
    Sadly all the exhilarating scenes of this film were spoiled in the
    trailer, thus we are left with an borderline unwatchable waste of
    celluloid.

    The plot is difficult to keep up with, not because it’s intricate
    simply because it is much akin to a lullaby in that it puts small
    children to sleep and challenges adults to stay awake. The humour is a
    different beast entirely, as the bad acting, the lack of meaningful
    dialogue and the slow developing plot lulls you to sleep the awkward
    sexual innuendos wake you right back up like a bucket of cold water.
    The main character ”Solo” played by Henry Cavill is not smooth nor
    suave he’s in fact as coarse as sandpaper.

    I honestly cannot be bothered to write anymore on this god awful film,
    this is the first review I have ever written and it is to warn people
    to stay away from this snooze fest.

  • sideriteNovember 3, 2015Reply

    Sometimes fun, but mainly out of date

    In order to give it a more authentic historical taste, or maybe because
    Guy Ritchie was directing it, they added that horrible, tasteless,
    disgusting heist feel to the film. You know, the jazzy kind of music
    that tells you that everything that happens (shootings, thefts,
    murders, torture, nuclear enrichment, international espionage) is to be
    taken lightheartedly, because it is fun. It is the sound of the Ocean’s
    11 remakes that are just as horribly out of place and out of date and
    out of ideas. While the original TV series was silly because it was the
    time when all things were silly, this was silly on and off, often with
    some good scenes soiled by the ”ha ha” aftertaste.

    I liked that they didn’t try to take too much from the original (which
    was a bad low budget TV series to begin with). The film acted as the
    origin story of the U.N.C.L.E. organization and, thankfully, they only
    used the acronym once and never explained where it came from. I
    disliked that the Russian character was obviously constructed by an
    American, with all the clichés that that entails. Better than the
    Russian in the TV show, but still. Would it have hurt to have a Russian
    national consult on the script?

    Alicia Vikander was great playing a robot in Ex Machina. Unfortunately,
    I don’t think she can play anything else, and the propensity to be cast
    in the same boring role of the cute girl that ends up betraying you is
    muddying any possible shine of her performance. The chemistry between
    Solo and Illya was great, although the Russian character was a sloppy
    caricature of what it could have been.

    Bottom line: I barely gave it an average rate. For me it felt like a
    failure of absurd proportions given the rather fancy way the remake was
    created. The film had no idea what it wanted to be, switching the focus
    from characters to silliness, from action to heistiness and ending up
    being a late and a poor man’s contender for a James Bond clone.

  • bob the mooNovember 4, 2015Reply

    Consistently lacking in any real spark or sense of fun, leaving it a dud with attractive period production design

    I didn’t grow up in the 1960’s, although the original Man from UNCLE
    was a show I watched growing up as I remember it was on in the Friday
    6pm slot on BBC2 probably around late 80s / early 90s, and my mother
    had been a big fan when it did screen originally, so we tended to watch
    it. This is not to say I had huge affection for the show, and I
    certainly did not come to this film ready to pick holes for it not
    being like the television show; being honest I was more curious what
    they would do with the material in the film. After watching I was quite
    unsure why they decided to make this story connected to this product –
    because other than brand recognition (does UNCLE have such strong
    drawing power?) there really doesn’t seem to be a reason that this
    story could not have been done with a whole new creation of characters
    and agencies (indeed it is only a sequel, if one occurs, where the team
    would be together).

    This aside, the other thing that made me wonder why this film was made
    was that it really just seemed to ‘exist’ and not do much else outside
    of that. It was noticeable that I hadn’t really seen or heard much
    promotion or buzz for the film, and watching the film myself you do get
    the feeling that there is not a great deal to be excited about here.
    Unhelpfully elements of this film reminded me The Spy in the Green Hat,
    which is easily the best UNCLE film (a feeling unchanged with the
    addition of the 2015 film); Nazi doctors, female villains who seem to
    enjoy the suffering element, one of the agents in a ‘relationship’ as
    part of the mission etc; it was a totally different plot, but these
    little elements put me in mind of it – which is not helpful because
    that film has a lot more going for it than this one.

    It is not that the film is bad – it isn’t, it has too much
    professionalism and resource to be really bad. The issue for me was
    that it just had so little spark and fun in it that I wondered what it
    was supposed to be doing. Tonally it is a bit messy (there are jaunty
    spoofy sequences along with torture sequences) but it looks like they
    were going for this slick sparkling fun feeling, but they just never
    convince with it. The performances are front and centre, and these are
    the most obvious place to look, because there certainly does seem like
    a certain lack of chemistry and charisma between the leads. Cavill and
    Hammer as individuals are not people I have fallen for as film stars or
    even actors – but this film needed more of the former and not so much
    the latter. They have a few good moments but generally there is no
    sparkle to their performance and no real connection between their
    characters. Vikander is equally so- so throughout, aside from a few
    spunky moments. People like Grant, and Jared Harris don’t have too much
    to work with but are nice to see, but generally it is a film that feels
    like it is going through the motions. The period design is probably the
    only area where it really does well, and it does feel genuine but yet
    still having that fun sense of the swinging sixties. In reality the
    film doesn’t justify having this aspect be as well done as it is,
    because it doesn’t make the most of that cool and detailed base.

    Maybe there will be a sequel, maybe there won’t – it generally seemed
    to be as lukewarmly received as it was lukewarmly presented, and in the
    end this film is one that will not please older fans who remember the
    original series (not that they represent big summer cinema spenders),
    nor win over a new audience due to its lackluster content and general
    lack of fun and spectacle.

  • Gino CoxNovember 4, 2015Reply

    Interesting, amusing, exciting and well-crafted

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is a very enjoyable film and I hope it
    becomes a franchise. Cavill and Hammer make a great team and play off
    one another quite well, as opposing professionals with clashing styles
    who grudgingly respect each other’s abilities. Vikander is a better
    ”Bond girl” than any of the female leads in the Bond films, with the
    possible exception of Eva Green. She’s intelligent, beautiful, sexy,
    poised and handles herself well in a fight against a much more powerful
    opponent. But I enjoyed ”Man of Steel,” ”The Lone Ranger” and ”Ex
    Machina” and thought they each handled their roles in those movies
    exceptionally well.

    The action scenes are well choreographed and cohesive. Production
    values are excellent. Compared most of Ritchie’s other films or with
    the Mission Impossible films, the plot is fairly straightforward, but
    that allows for more interaction between the characters.

  • mojoninja PNWNovember 6, 2015Reply

    Grows on you, solid and hopefully the start of a major new franchise…?

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • robertosmoviesNovember 6, 2015Reply

    The man of UNCLE (United Nation of Crap & Lost Erections

    ( A little tough on the title there but hey, they’re big guys they can
    take it. ) Imagine Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond for the newborns
    reading this) creating his James Bond books, back in the 60’s. He’s
    writing and getting more and more credits and success, so because back
    then everything was an upfront race, the ‘Mericans had to came up with
    something. So, super mega MI5/6 agent was taken, then will make an
    ‘Merican one and let’s add a Russian one too just to stay ahead.

    This is a spring push before the real deal: Sam’s Mendes and Daniel’s
    Craig James Bond movie Spectre.

    Great choice for the Russian agent and kudos to Mr. Hugh Grant who
    embraced a real appearance, instead of the same British awkward,
    misguided, shy playboy that he was doing in almost all of his movies.

    Henry Cavill is there, but he is not 10% convincing he is playing a
    super agent. I would be down also if my character’s name was Napoleon
    Solo. (WTF?) Make another Kal-El movie and you’re set Mr. Cavill.

    The Russian agent you might recognize from The Network. One of the
    brothers who sued Mark Zuckerberg in the movie with the same name.
    Blond tall, blue eyed Armie Hammer delivers like a hammer stealing the
    show and although the movie has a very short sided story, it benefits
    from the master hand of Guy Ritchie.

    Mr. Ritchie can create a great London type atmosphere wherever he goes.
    Even in sunny ‘bela Italia’. I’ll give you that. Ohh… Mr. Ritchie, why
    every movie you make has to end with twist after twist after twist…? Is
    that like a trademark or something?

    Great wardrobe display, cool soundtrack (check it out) and almost a
    brilliant sound editing job. Especially when Illya – the Russian agent
    – gets infuriated. It is Guy Ritchie after all.

    The movie is worth seeing with a beer in front a some friends around.

    Quote:

    ”Illya Kuryakin: I was briefed on your criminal career. Your balls are
    on the end of a very long leash, held by a very short man.” – cleverest
    line in the movie.

  • robertbdick-966-963672November 6, 2015Reply

    Bored

    As a lifelong fan of U.N.C.L.E. I was so looking forward to this film.
    Alas, I found it to be dry, boring and very little to do with the
    original series. Only the names remain the same. Even the personalities
    of Napoleon and Illya are so unlike the original.Maybe instead of
    starting with an origins story, Ritchie would have been better advised
    to jump into the middle and give the UNCLE fans what they were waiting
    more than 40 years for.Sadly disappointed. Where is the UNCLE theme
    music? Where is Del Floria’s tailor shop? The pacing was poor, the
    acting ho-hum, and most of the action very contrived. Wish it was
    better, but judging by the box office, I am not alone, and I doubt
    there will be sequels.

  • ronniergNovember 6, 2015Reply

    Not too bad

    This movie started off slow and almost like a parody of the original TV
    show and I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not.

    As it progressed though, it took on it’s own life while maintaining the
    essence that made the aforementioned TV show successful and I ended up
    liking it, even smiling a few times as well.

    Is it a ‘great’ movie, not at all but it is enjoyable if you can get by
    the first 30 minutes or so.

    Some of the acting may not have been exactly top notch but for what was
    required of a silly action/spy movie it certainly could have been
    worse.

    Overall give it a try. I you enjoy it, brilliant. If not, I’m sure
    you’ve watched worse.

  • A BarrosNovember 7, 2015Reply

    So fake

    I though this would be an action-packed movie, one of those you just
    don’t care whether things are possible or not. But after 15 minutes it
    was so fake, so boring, so unreal that I gave up. I confess I walked
    away. The agent is SO conspicuous to start with. Any stupid guard would
    be suspicious just at looking at the guy. You then get to a garage,
    some hot chick is under a car fixing it, and in an instant you get her
    trust. Hmm. And then you have some implacable persecutor, a classic car
    chase that looks more like a ballet.

    I guess making an action movie nowadays is getting rather difficult
    since it appears everything has already been invented and done. The
    most incredible stunts and the most unlikely as well. But the line to
    be crossed is exactly to make incredible things be plausible in the
    context of the movie and engage the audience. That did not happen with
    me here. It looked just like a 007 for the poor of mind.

  • nama chakravortyNovember 8, 2015Reply

    Great Fun!

    Based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name, ‘The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.’ is a cheeky entertainer, that turns out to be Great Fun!
    Cult Director Guy Ritchie & Co., make sure the proceedings remain
    smooth & crisp. And they succeed.

    ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ Synopsis: 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.

    ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ is time-pass entertainment. Its stylish,
    over-the-top, humorous & action-packed. Of course, there are some flaws
    here. This isn’t a perfect blockbuster, that has everything going for
    it. Its pace, to begin with, is wobbly, but overall, the pluses take
    over the minuses.

    Ritchie & Lionel Wigram’s Adapted Screenplay is quite engaging, but it
    could’ve been a bit more solid. Ritchie’s Direction is all-out. The
    legend has left no stone unturned & has packaged this high-budgeted
    flick, like a true stunner. Cinematography is top-notch. Editing is
    mostly sharp. Action-Sequences are FANTASTIC! Art & Costume Design are
    perfect. Daniel Pemberton’s Score is superb.

    Performance-Wise: Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo & Armie Hammer as Illya
    Kuryakin, are in complete heroic mode. Their on-screen love-hate
    relationship, only adds to the fun. Alicia Vikander is first-rate. And
    she looks Gorgeous throughout. Elizabeth Debicki is seductive. Jared
    Harris & Hugh Grant are fun to watch in minor roles.

    On the whole, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ gets it right, on most counts.

  • SemisonicNovember 8, 2015Reply

    A big fat disappointment

    I hate to be so blunt by giving out one-line verdicts to the films in
    the review titles, but, out of respect to Mr Ritchie, it has to be done
    quickly and gracefully. For a special man like him, it just wasn’t his
    special day.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is basically an average spy action flick. A
    very professionally done one of course, with nice characters played by
    very decent actors, with a handful of charming little scenes and a few
    witty dialogues. For any other writer and director it could’ve even
    been considered a big success. However, just being on par is not what
    we honestly expect from a Guy Ritchie movie. Instead, we expect
    something that treads lightly, unfolds a surprise at every step and,
    most importantly, is never plain dull. And that was what Ritchie’s been
    brilliant at his whole career. Up until now.

    I can’t even tell when it all went wrong. The premise – two enemies
    from entirely different worlds teaming up for a greater cause – is,
    albeit not original, still pretty promising. Henry Cavill does look
    chic enough to pass for a James Bond alternative, and Armie Hammer
    posing as a crude but deadly efficient KGB agent should have been
    really fun, especially with him wearing that preposterous cap at all
    times. The female lead was also pretty well: cute enough to be likable,
    but not too doll-like hot to be unbelievable. The action was also
    diverse and intense, the dialogues not dumbed down. So, why did the
    movie leave this little to no aftertaste?

    I think i have an answer to that question. And even though being rude
    is something i hate even more than being blunt, the answer is that the
    plot is a huge steaming pile of generic crap. There’s literally nothing
    special or innovative about this movie, no contrived twist or charming
    atmosphere, nothing to delve into or to relish. And no actor’s charisma
    or director’s wits and vision could have turned that bland ”an unlikely
    team of superhero guys saves the world, while they become friends along
    the way” bore into anything genuinely fun.

    What remains a mystery to me is why on earth they decided to drag
    Ritchie into this. He’s a wizard of a British crime movie genre, but,
    like it’s the case with those allegedly famous miraculous Filipino
    healers, his magic belongs with the land, and once outside of London
    and his favorite niche, he’s literally useless. The maestro did try to
    give this film some small-scale charm, but a multitude of little things
    never turned into anything solid and united. Such a shame.

    I really wanted to like this film. And failing to do so even makes me
    feel bad, as if i did something terrible like driving a cute little
    puppy out of the house when it’s cold and raining outside. The problem
    is that the puppy couldn’t help gnawing at your new Italian shoes and
    pissing on your sofa, and this time it simply didn’t have a diamond
    inside to make up for it all.

  • blacklemore36November 9, 2015Reply

    Better than people say.

    I skipped this movie because the general consensus was that, it ”isn’t
    as fun as it think’s it is”.

    This maybe true but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun at all. The
    characters are delightful, the cinematography is gorgeous as are the
    actors. Most of the cast are putting on an accent and for the most part
    they’re serviceable, overall the cast does a good job and have good
    chemistry. The movie has some pacing issues, some scenes go for too
    long, certain things don’t have sufficient build up. The story is
    decent but the screenplay is a little messy. There is some fun action
    but nothing too memorable and of course there is some great music.

    I would definitely recommend checking it out, it’s fun, stylish and
    very entertaining if you go in with the right expectations.

  • rupak-deyNovember 9, 2015Reply

    1/10

    *** Not a review, just an opinion ***

    Unless you are fan of movies like Transformers/Twilight, don’t watch
    this. Total waste of time and brain cells. After watching Asian
    masterpieces from Japan/Korea, these movies come across as pure waste
    of time and money. Not even bothered to review these movies. Hugh Grant
    probably did more in 10min he got than what others did in the whole
    movie. Shambolic attempt to create another movie for the brain-dead
    mindless population. This says more about the reflection of the society
    in general where such utter garbage is classified as art. You are
    better off sleeping for 2 hours than wasting your time watching such a
    pathetic attempt. Our choices are so inferior now that movies like
    these are praised by general population. Unfortunately history has
    proved that humans revel in mediocrity. Well if you are mediocre, you
    deserve movies like this.

  • RebelWithACause94November 9, 2015Reply

    A Perfect Example of Style Over Substance

    There are actually a lot of great things about The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    It’s got a slick and stylized atmosphere, the cinematography is
    excellent, an amazing soundtrack, some fun action scenes, and a few
    bursts of humor throughout.

    So why isn’t it a good movie?

    Well, what keeps U.N.C.L.E down from being anything more than just a
    mediocre spy flick is an incredibly weak script and brutally uneven
    pacing. Director Guy Ritchie is so concerned with trying to make the
    film look cool and stylish that when it comes time for the story to
    come into play, he forgets to make it compelling in the least bit.
    After the film opens with a rather impressive action scene, we are met
    with about 45 minutes of story before we get another one which just
    feels more and more dragged out the longer it goes on.

    Ritchie’s script is not the only thing keeping the film from being
    uninteresting, but also the chemistry between the leads. It’s important
    in a buddy film like this for the leads to have some sort of chemistry
    and while there are occasional moments where the two shine, they never
    really click together. Cavil’s performance is probably is the strongest
    to date (although that’s not saying much) and while his smooth cool guy
    act is amusing to watch at first, he brings very little to the role
    other than that. Hammer ends up being the weaker of the duo being
    unfortunately dull to watch once again failing to prove his strength as
    an actor.

    When U.N.C.L.E does actually get into it’s action sequences it’s
    actually pretty entertaining to watch and there are a few laugh-out-
    loud moments of humor here and there. Yet, these moments aren’t worth
    of completing the chore of sitting through the painfully long stretches
    of the boring and uninspired plot. In the end, it ends up being a
    Connery-era Bond film without the elements that made those films as fun
    as they were. It’s a shame too because you can’t help but notice the
    great elements here that only make you realize how much more of a
    wasted opportunity it actually was. It really is a prime example of a
    film that has indulged itself in the sin of ”Style over Substance”.

  • Radomir IvanovNovember 9, 2015Reply

    Not really good

    Maybe this film could have been better but it turned out a little
    disappointing. The plot was a bit predictable and at some point the
    film gets boring. It doesn’t hold the attention well enough and you can
    be easily distracted. There are some funny moments but the humour lacks
    the class and the originality that other Guy Ritchie films have.

    In terms of acting the performances are average and the characters
    themselves are quite straightforward and undeveloped and, perhaps, that
    is the reason why none of them is catchy or memorable enough.

    Despite all these things the film is pleasant to watch but it is easily
    forgettable.

  • KineticSeoulNovember 11, 2015Reply

    Fun movie from start to finish

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  • nysalesman-80790November 12, 2015Reply

    As Boring as the 1960s TV Show

    I stayed away from this movie, because I always found the Man From
    Uncle TV Show boring at best. However, there was nothing else
    available, so I decided to give this a watch. I got really excited
    during the first ten minutes, which were amazing and thought that maybe
    the people that made this reboot knew enough to make it right rather
    than the dismal boring formula of the TV series. Unfortunately, I was
    wrong. The first ten minutes were the only good part of this movie.
    After that, it quickly descended into mediocrity at best.

    Its still on as I write this review and I lost interest in it nearly an
    hour ago. Do yourself a favor, watch the first 10 minutes, then watch
    grass grow, which will be far more exciting than the remainder of this
    movie.

  • dreamgavinoNovember 13, 2015Reply

    The trailer is better than the movie

    After watching the trailer, I anticipated this film’s release. I
    shouldn’t have.

    Frankly, this was a boring movie which I stopped watching halfway
    through. The talent and magnetic presence of the lead actors are wasted
    on this film (Cavill, Vikander, Hammer). While the frames are
    intriguing enough, the dialogue is so inane. This is proof that merely
    slathering the screen with attractive people is not enough to keep the
    viewer’s attention. One needs to actually develop the characters, duh.

    The pacing is so painstakingly slow. Also, the writers wasted a solid
    premise. I mean, spy stuff are supposed to be interesting!

    This was a huge disappointment. Sorry, but I wouldn’t recommend this to
    anyone.

  • hiramoliveraNovember 13, 2015Reply

    Surprisingly fresh and entertaining

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  • clasof56-1November 14, 2015Reply

    sad, dark remake

    it seems writers these days don’t know how to have fun. its just all
    dark, violent, car chases, stupid fights, unnecessary destruction. no
    one would act like this in 1963. in the original man from uncle, both
    main characters were liked right off. in this movie they are both just
    jerks and very unmemorable. i tried hard to listen for any good lines.
    but neither of them had anything more than put-downs or insults to say
    to each other. of course, thats the fault of the writers. most of the
    movie was very dark. i suppose thats done to hide the fact that it was
    made in 2015 and not 1963…if you make everything dark, you don’t have
    to build nice sets.

  • Siddarth Rana ([email protected])November 15, 2015Reply

    The movie is a complete treat!

    Guy Ritchie is an amazing director. Keen eye on details. He’s a
    perfectionist when it comes to 19th-20th-century world detailing. The
    movie has amazing music and really well-directed chase sequences which
    will definitely put you to the edge!

    Take the wit and humor from sherlock Holmes and put it into a bond
    movie. Very subtle and humorous stereotypical references from the cold
    war era: Americans using shitty technology, Russians with simpler
    smarter tech. The fear Gulag (Siberia)… All these makes it seem so
    much immersed into the cold war times!

    Go watch it!

  • capone666November 16, 2015Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…

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

    The most important thing about being a spy is telling your dentist
    about your cyanide-filled false tooth.

    Sadly, the spies in this action movie are too busy to maintain regular
    checkups.

    In 1963, CIA operative Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is paired with KGB
    agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to prevent a Nazis scientist from
    creating a nuclear warhead for a family of Third Reich supporters (Luca
    Calvani, Elizabeth Debicki).

    But to do that they must first learn to work together, and alongside
    the scientist’s daughter (Alicia Vikander).

    Director Guy Ritchie’s take on the sixties spy show, this modern
    adaptation is anything but modern.

    Existing in the same time period as its inspiration, the mod cars,
    fashion and set pieces all compliment the director’s stylized
    aesthetic. They also help distract from a formulaic script.

    Incidentally, this marks the first time the KGB and CIA have worked
    together since the Kennedy assassination.

    Yellow Light

    vidiotreviews.blogspot.ca

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])November 17, 2015Reply

    Don’t expect a James Bond type action movie. Nothing amazing but worth watching at least once.

    ”For a special agent, you aren’t having a special day. Are you?” Solo
    (Cavill) is a CIA agent tasked with trying to escort a woman from east
    to west Germany. Illya (Hammer) is a KGB operative that is trying to
    stop him. What they don’t realize is that they are working or the same
    organization, and when they discover that a group is working toward
    proliferating nuclear weapons they must work together to stop them.
    This first and foremost is a pretty fun movie to watch. There is a lot
    of action and some laughs. The dialog is witty and the pacing is
    perfect, much like all the other Guy Ritchie movies. That being said
    the movie really started to lose steam for me and toward the end I
    found myself wandering and finding it difficult to pay attention the
    entire time. Even with that problem I still thought this was a decent
    movie and is worth a watch. Just don’t expect a James Bond type action
    movie. Overall, nothing amazing but worth watching at least once. I
    give this a B-.

  • luke-a-mcgowanNovember 17, 2015Reply

    Ritchie’s bizarre directorial choices and Cavill’s blatant Bond audition take away from what is otherwise a fun spy romp

    At several points, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is its own worst enemy. For
    a film that had every right to try and stand on its own merits, Cavill
    holds it back and uses it as his audition to play James Bond. He is
    aided and abetted in this task by Guy Ritchie, who ensures his film
    contains everything a Bond film should contain. Whilst The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E. is far from a bad movie, those scenes take me out of the
    movie I was enjoying and I mutter ”oh great, here we go again.”

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a pair
    of spies from the USA and USSR who must work together to defeat a
    common (Nazi) enemy. Of the two, Hammer is far superior – his Russian
    accent is commendable, he has incredible chemistry with Alicia
    Vikander, and I always bought the little mannerisms Hammer brought to
    his rage-filled character. His hand trembles and clenches into a fist,
    while his face muscles fight furiously to keep a calm demeanour. Its
    very subtle yet surprisingly open at the same time, and Hammer is
    awesome in the action scenes as well. Cavill has an amazing debut scene
    during which he excavates Vikander from East Berlin, but beyond that he
    gets very jarring. His American accent is so jarringly fake that it
    sounds he should be voicing GI Joe in an animated cartoon, not a big
    screen spy. At several points, the accent is dropped whenever Cavill’s
    character is required to show emotion beyond ”charming indifference”.
    In stark contrast with Vikander and Hammer, who maintain their accents
    despite acting their hearts out, Cavill is the weakest asset of the
    film.

    The other two primary characters are Alicia Vikander as a German asset
    and Elizabeth Debecki as the film’s antagonist. These two could turn a
    gay man straight. Vikander strikes an incredibly difficult balance
    between adorable and sensual – she could seduce you with a slight look
    in one scene and make you want to tuck her into bed protectively in
    another. Her chemistry with Hammer is off the charts – see in
    particular one incredible dance/fight scene in their bedroom. She’s
    helped by the goofily retro costumes Joanna Johnston gives her – big
    glasses, flashy colours – but its her incredible talent more than
    anything else. She dances around without a trace of self-consciousness
    but in the heavier moments she displays acting chops on par with some
    of the best actresses alive. Elizabeth Debecki’s character is slightly
    thin, but she has the bearing of a queen and as she waltzes gracefully
    throughout the movie she makes herself memorable nonetheless. Hugh
    Grant is shamelessly wasted in a small part.

    Guy Ritchie’s fingerprints are all over this movie – revelatory
    flashbacks, plot twists, banter. As an enormous fan of Sherlock Holmes,
    I like Ritchie’s style – but in this film it becomes a little too much.
    In the final sequence, we get dozens of flash back scenes for stuff we
    just saw three minutes earlier. It definitely worked as a dramatic
    reveal and wasn’t impossible to follow, but its extremely jarring and
    could have been simplified down. There’s also a gross misfire in a
    scene during which British troops storm an island base – Ritchie splits
    the screen up into about 5 sections and the images change around like
    its the opening credits of Community. Its almost impossible to enjoy
    the action going on on screen, its painful to the eyes. Ritchie also
    makes the bizarre choice to mute the sound effects and dialogue in
    places to almost inaudible or just like its being listened to through
    dry wall. I don’t know what effect he was going for, but it didn’t pay
    off.

    I enjoyed watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. quite a bit, but its nowhere
    near as good as Mission Impossible, Kingsman or Spy. Ritchie’s bizarre
    directorial choices and Cavill’s blatant Bond audition take away from
    what is otherwise a fun spy romp. As the sum of all its parts, it works
    on all forms (except Cavill) but I won’t go around saying its a
    beautifully made film.

  • lasttimeisawNovember 18, 2015Reply

    A stylish innovator of the genre

    2015 appears to be a banner year for spy films, we have already seen
    two original vehicles, Matthew Vaughn’s slick veteran-and-newbie
    paired-up KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2014), and Paul Feig’s Melissa
    McCarthy headliner SPY (2015), subverts the established stereotypes in
    gender, in looks and in its tones, then two successful sequels of
    money-grubbing long-lasting franchises across the Atlantic Ocean,
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION (2015) and the latest 007 SPECTRE
    (2015). So what makes Guy Ritchie’s spin-off of the titular 1960s TV
    series distinguishes among them?

    Firstly the enchanting flair of swinging 60s, hits the right spot of
    our nostalgia with Italy as the main location, stunning scenography of
    the vintage hotel rooms, automobiles and haute couture, plus the four
    leads’ multiplied sex appeal, Guy Ritchie had it all to make a
    crowd-pleaser. But he didn’t, according to its underwhelmed box-office
    performance (a worldwide 100 million dollars gross income against a 75
    million dollars price tag is a far cry to call it profitable), audience
    might find it eccentric since the movie doesn’t rely on mind-blowing
    action pieces to bombard viewers’ expectation of this genre, and the
    humour vs. seriousness apathy is too confusing for broad appeal.

    In any rate, the film is a stylish innovator, two top spies of CIA and
    KGB, Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Hammer), are
    reluctantly teamed together to investigate a criminal organisation
    headed by an Italian villainess Victoria Vinciguerra (Debicki, her
    family name literally means ”win war”, and the family is an old
    associate of Nazis), for privately producing nuclear weapon, through
    Gaby Teller (Vikander), whose father is a former Nazi scientist now
    reported missing, but in secret, held hostage by Victoria and her hubby
    Alexander (Calvani). With their respective ulterior motives known to
    spectators (they can kill each other if necessary), Solo and Illya
    ladle out their deadpan banters and unpredictable behaviours during
    their dangerous mission, which gives off a refreshing air to erase the
    tedium of the modern high-tech routine. Gaby is not the corny ”good
    bond girl” type, a double agent subplot gives her the edge to
    outperform her male co-stars, and Victoria is also not in the default
    mode of a femme fatale, she is ruthless from A to Z and never fall into
    Solo’s charm except for her own cocksure confidence.

    All four actors are beautiful creatures designed for big screen panache
    and glamour, although the same cannot be said to Hugh Grant’s Alexander
    Waverly, the head of the U.N.C.L.E. organisation, in a way, Guy Ritchie
    sanguinely toys with the unimpressive story development and puts a mien
    of insouciance and repeatedly deploys several anti-climaxes to label
    the film with his own signature, fairly speaking, it leans more towards
    a male-bonding comedy than a white-knuckle action-er, at least, it is
    unexpectedly satisfactory for my taste.

  • Lucas VersantvoortNovember 18, 2015Reply

    Style over substance, but what style!

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  • jim-34021-59885November 18, 2015Reply

    boring

    This movie is so over rated, one of the most plot less and boring
    movies of all time. In the 30 minutes that I watched this there was
    little action. One of the main characters it seemed like he was just
    movie his lips and the voice was added, just a poorly made movie. If
    you want a action packed movie this is not what you are looking for. It
    is almost like a comedy but nothing is funny, it is such a stupid kind
    of funny that the only laugh you will have is you made this. I am in
    action movies James Bond and so on this movie shouldn’t be in the same
    category it gives good action movies a bad name and also it gives a
    good comedy a good name. Rent or buy something else

  • 851222November 19, 2015Reply

    Entertaining

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    I would lie if i would said that i wasn’t entertained by ”The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.” (2015) movie. This is a great looking very nice one popcorn
    movie. Acting was OK, but two main characters were more like
    caricatures then real person, but i guess it kinda worked for this
    material. Settings were gorgeous, cinematography is kinetic and very
    nice as well as craftsmanship overall. Story is some blah blah blah
    about someone trying to blow up the nuke and super agents trying to
    stop them in cold war era. The overall tone and feel of the movie is
    far more easier then lets say latest Bond movies. It has some nice and
    funny action, i laughed very hard during the boats chase / wine
    drinking scene.

    Overall, ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is an enjoyable action / adventure
    flick witch always plays like a parody of serious movies with same
    plot. It strength is that is knows that it’s not serious.

  • Milk-ziyang Gulseven ([email protected])November 20, 2015Reply

    Harry Potter for big boys

    This movie is one of those which I can’t decide whether I like or not.

    It has some crazy fight sequences (verging on ridiculous) which are
    great, and some really impressive p**s-takes of james bond, butch
    cassidy etc… the action is great if you like over-the top silliness.

    However, after about the first hour, the plot takes a turn and when
    ‘inspector gadget’ goes off to find a new concubine for the prime
    minister pretty much nothing happens for about half an hour.

    This is made up for in the final sequence which seemed surprisingly
    high-budget.

    You should see this film if you are willing to accept that it is not to
    be taken seriously – and do not despair if you think they ‘used up’ all
    their action when the first few fights were over – be patient.

  • Bob RutzelNovember 21, 2015Reply

    A Good, Sometimes Comedic Spy Movie

    A Good, Sometimes Comedic Spy Movie In the 1960s during the cold war
    the leaders of Russia and the United States decide to have one of their
    best agents work together to find Dr. Teller (Christian Berkle) who may
    be making a nuclear bomb for bad guy Alexander (Luca Calvani). These
    best of the best agents Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin
    (Armie Hammer) must also work with Dr. Teller’s niece Gaby (Alicia
    Vikander).

    The first half of this was entirely enjoyable watching the two agents
    who don’t like each other work together. Their ”I’m better, smarter
    than you” banter was funny at times, and you just knew, in time, they
    would become friends. Cavill’s delivery was spot on and yes, you saw
    flashes of Clark Kent/Superman as that couldn’t be helped. But most
    impressive was Hammer’s Russian accent. I like the Russian accent
    whether it’s coming from a real Russian or someone imitating the
    Russian language. Thoroughly enjoyable. Alicia Vikander’s Gabby was
    okay, but too petite for the role we later learn is more than we were
    told at first.

    The acting all around, cinematography, stunts, and the music were all
    good. The music sometime let us know some comedic moments were afoot as
    it foretold a light-hearted approach to serious work for these agents.
    Kudos.

    I never watched the Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show back in the day, but
    did see snippets from time to time. So I was not aware the Solo was
    basically a thief, and con man that the C.I.A. took a liking to his
    abilities and got him out of prison to help their cause. Robert Vaughn
    played Solo in the TV series. Kuryakin was a tremendous athlete and
    excelled at everything and big as a giant. That’s curious because David
    McCallum who played Illya Kuryakin in the TV series was not of this
    type from what I remember. Anyway………….

    One goof in here: When Solo’s suit jacket was burned in the torture
    room, he mentions that he forgot to take his suit jacket, but we see
    him in the same suit jacket on the aircraft carrier and we know there
    was no time for him to get another jacket. (Ha! Fire the Continuity
    person)

    The second half didn’t have as much comedy as in the first half but
    there were moments.

    All in all a very good comedic spy movie, but serious by necessity, of
    course. Look for sequels as the chemistry between Cavill and Hammer was
    very good.

    Notable: Hugh Grant

    At the end we learn what U.N.C.L.E. spells out. (7/10)

    Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.

  • Vlad_the_ReviewerNovember 21, 2015Reply

    Without the Slightest Inspiration

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  • Scarecrow-88November 21, 2015Reply

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

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  • Ummi MxMNovember 22, 2015Reply

    What a pleasant surprise!

    I absolutely LOVED this movie!

    I wasn’t a fan of Henry Cavill, I thoroughly disliked him in Superman
    and it put me right off him, lol. But this movie really did surprise
    me.

    I loved the comedy and I loved the directing in it.

    I found both men (Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill) hilarious in this…
    couldn’t help but root for Illya for some crazy reason! Solo on
    occasion annoyed me.

    It’s definitely worth watching. Usually I can’t watch the same movie
    twice, unless it is years later but this one I KNOW i will be able to!

  • WoodBangers EntertainmentNovember 23, 2015Reply

    nicely done

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a beautifully crafted spy based film which
    feels like watching a double dose of James Bond on speed in some areas
    of the film and in others it has it’s very slow crawl tortoise speed.
    The styling of this film fits the time period very well minus a few
    small unnoticeable items, but for the most part it was perfect.

    The acting within The man from U.N.C.L.E. is for the most part fairly
    played, and the story is smooth; though I do think the best factors in
    this film are the stage settings, and detail to time period. I’m a
    sucker for films revolving around Russian culture and language so this
    is the biggest point of interest for me to watch the film, I did catch
    a few hiccups within the Russian language spoken in the film but yet
    nicely done and concealed. If you like spy related films this one plays
    out very nicely.

  • CinemaClownNovember 24, 2015Reply

    Fast-Paced, Light-Hearted & Consistently Entertaining

    From the director of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch &
    Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. arrives as another stylish,
    glamorous & swiftly paced action spy thriller in the year that already
    has seen enough of it, and although it doesn’t bring anything new to
    the genre, its vintage setting, kinetic direction & mesmerising
    performances manage to take it above the required notch.

    Based on the TV show of the same name, the story of The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E. is set in the early 1960s and follows a CIA agent & a KGB
    operative who, amidst the Cold War, must join hands against a
    mysterious criminal organisation that’s building its own nuclear weapon
    to disrupt world peace. Also assisting them in their mission is a woman
    who has an important role to play in the outcome but she has some
    agendas of her own.

    Co-written & directed by Guy Ritchie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. makes use
    of all trademarks of his and oozes with style from start to finish. But
    that doesn’t mean that the film is entirely devoid of any substance for
    the plot does have its moments of escalation & excitement and then some
    more. The screenplay may lack the sharp dialogues & idiosyncratic
    characters of Ritchie’s earliest works but it manages to be captivating
    for the most part.

    Production design team does a marvellous job at recreating the 1960s
    atmosphere which is further improved by its timeline-specific costumes,
    props & fashion. Cinematography makes energetic but effective use of
    its camera, colour palette & lighting while extensively applying
    split-screen techniques to capture all the unfolding action in an
    exuberant manner. Editing is brilliantly carried out and keeps the plot
    moving at all times while the soundtrack gives its tale an extra boost.

    Coming to the performances, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. features an
    interesting cast in Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh
    Grant & others. Both Cavill & Hammer manage to impress equally and
    their chemistry together is a highlight in itself. Vikander continues
    to have an amazing year and adds another good work on her résumé. Grant
    doesn’t have that much of a presence but he does fine with what he’s
    given. Rest of the supporting cast chip in nicely in their respective
    roles and don’t leave much to complain here.

    On an overall scale, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a fast-paced,
    light-hearted & consistently entertaining picture that brims with
    style, charisma & pleasant humour for the majority of its runtime and
    delivers the thrills Ritchie’s films usually promise. It may not be a
    great cinema on a narrative scale but it still feels refreshing on many
    levels, has a fun vibe to it which is wonderfully maintained, and
    although its plot turns out to be easily predictable despite the
    numerous twists & turns it goes through, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. still
    succeeds as one thoroughly satisfying feature. Delightfully
    recommended.

  • Davis PNovember 24, 2015Reply

    Style over substance. :/

    The man from UNCLE is a film that definitely has the problem of putting
    style and glitz and glamor over the substance of the overall plot. The
    plot falls flat and is pretty boring. The style and the good looks is
    definitely hit spot on, but the plot is lacking. The acting is just
    kinda so so, nothing special. The characters are just alright at best
    as well. There really isn’t anything all that special to see with this
    movie unfortunately. I really was expecting better, but the man from
    UNCLE just does not deliver, it falls pretty flat :/ Henry Cavill is
    nice to look at least. And as far as family friendliness goes, there is
    shots of shirtless men and a shot of a woman in her underwear after
    getting out of bed with a man. Not that much profanity, some mild
    language. There is action sequences/mild violence, not graphic at all,
    you might enjoy the action sequences, personally, they didn’t impress
    me that much. 3/10 for the man from UNCLE.

  • James HannayNovember 26, 2015Reply

    A surprise hit!

    I never watched the original TV show and was only made aware that it
    existed just before watching the movie.

    Blessing or not I couldn’t say, it can sometimes be the case that a
    re-imagining can severely let down the source material.

    To my knowledge, it sat well with critics of all ages so stands out as
    an all round good film.

    The acting was great, it’s nice to see Henry Cavill doing more work
    other than Man of Steel – he’s a great actor and played the part of
    Solo extremely well (albeit I’m not sure how closely to the source
    material). If he toned the silliness of the character down I could see
    him making a fairly decent Bond at some stage.

    Armie Hammer played the part of a communist era Russian perfectly and
    some of the little dialogues between him and Henry Cavill had me
    chuckling.

    The story, although generic wasn’t the main draw here and the globe
    trotting nature added enough variation that at no point did it feel
    stale or bland.

    Overall, if you’re looking for a funny, stylish and action packed film
    this evening I’d certainly say The man from U.N.C.L.E could fit the
    bill..

  • Nicole CNovember 28, 2015Reply

    Aesthetic

    This is a very fun and aesthetically pleasing film, with both action
    and comedy infused perfectly together. What I mean by aesthetically
    pleasing is that the visuals are incredible with the colour and images
    very crisp. Basically speaking, this film has style. The fast pace of
    the film keeps you engaged throughout and the editing and visual
    effects are also well executed.

    Cavill does a really great job with his character, playing the charming
    and confident American spy to a ‘T’. Hammer is also very good and his
    sometimes awkward and shy demeanour around Gaby is hilarious, though
    his anger management issues is a bit concerning and I can’t help but
    wonder if it is a bit stereotypical. Vikander plays her part well too,
    and the chemistry between her and Hammer is well established and too
    cute to watch. Cavill and Hammer also have good bromance chemistry, and
    their constant attempt at outdoing each other is fun to watch.

    The script is superbly written with both vocal and visual humour
    incorporated. In that effect, this is also due to the result of great
    cinematography and directing. The soundtrack goes well with the film,
    and is very influential in creating the comedic effect of scenes. The
    film does an excellent job at manipulating the emotions of the
    audience, with great music accompaniment, visual style, editing, and
    acting.

    The story is a little typical in the sense that it is a spy film, and
    includes what spy films usually have (a charming fellow, sex, a little
    violence, betrayal etc.) But does go a beyond being just a spy film
    with great humour, bromance and multiple protagonists (though Solo is a
    little more focused on). Although of course, this means that the film
    is highly testosterone charged and doesn’t even pass the Bechdel test.

    Overall, a really well made film which is fun to watch and certain to
    hold your attention for its whole duration.

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  • starwolfNovember 28, 2015Reply

    If you liked the original series, this movie is for you

    For those complaining it was dull – I think the issue might be it
    successfully tried to invoke the feeling and optics of the original
    series. I have run across several people who think TV shows like I Spy,
    The Avengers, and The Man From UNCLE were/are dull because of the 60s
    style.

    Having grown up with those shows, lying in bed at night and listening
    to my parents TV as they watched them, I love those shows. It’s true
    they emphasized style and characters over action and many modern
    viewers don’t care for that. But for shows like, for example, I Spy,
    the bantering and relationship between the leads was more important
    than whatever situation they found themselves in.

    In the original The Man From UNCLE the relationship between the two
    wasn’t as important as I Spy – they did rely more on episodic action
    and drama. But there still wasn’t a lot of action.

    I think this movie succeeded admirably in re-establishing the style of
    the original and, against my expectations, I enjoyed Armie Hammer’s
    Illya Kuryakin and Cavill’s ultra-smooth and suave Napoleon Solo.

    All in all, I think this was a much more successful remake of a 60s
    series than, say, the dreadful 1998 The Avengers with Fiennes and
    Thurman.

    This movie is beautifully shot, the dialog works for the most part, the
    two leads carry their parts well – almost, but never quite, sinking
    into parody.

    The object of the mission, to stop a rogue group from getting a process
    that would allow them to easily enrich and weaponize fissionable
    material, really is secondary to the establishment of the male and
    female leads and building their relationships.

    If you liked the original series, I don’t think this is going to
    disappoint. If you didn’t grow up on shows from the 60s, it very well
    might not – but not because it’s a bad show.

    On the whole, I liked it much better than I thought I would.

  • Claudio CarvalhoNovember 29, 2015Reply

    Does not Have the Charm or the Humor of the Original Series and Films

    In the 60’s, the CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is assigned to
    bring the mechanic Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin to
    the other side of the wall. Gaby is the daughter of the scientist and
    American collaborator Udo Teller that defected from German at the end
    of WWII and now has vanished. They are chased by KGB agent Illya
    Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) but they succeed to escape. Soon Napoleon
    Solo’s chief Saunders (Jared Harris) discloses that Gaby’s uncle Rudi
    (Sylvester Groth) works for the wealthy Alexander (Luca Calvani) and
    his wife Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki) and Udo might be
    secretly building a nuclear weapon for them. Napoleon Solo is forced to
    team-up with Illya and Gaby and they go to Rome to investigate.

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is a deceptive and overrated film by Guy
    Ritchie. The story does not have the charm or the humor of the original
    series and films. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are not funny and the
    uneven and forgettable screenplay is silly in many parts. My vote is
    six.

    Title (Brazil): ”O Agente da U.N.C.L.E.” (”The Agent from U.N.C.L.E.”)

  • JeniaDecember 1, 2015Reply

    Incredible espionage comedy flick

    Im very glad this movie is receiving positive feedback in general , on
    the other hand im a little disappointed that the most important didn’t
    happened and it fail the box office test.This movie has everything in
    it in order to give a positive reaction from the public , hell , you
    don’t even need to be a big fan of the genre . THis movie successfully
    brings the feeling of oldschool flick.i warmly recommend this one to
    action driven comedies lovers and to those who only want to pass some
    time watching a good film .Too bad this movie came out in a time when
    other nice CGI packed films came out and got behind with the theater
    views , still im sure they will make a sequel.

  • adonis98-743-186503December 4, 2015Reply

    Not as bad as i thought…

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  • Lee Eisenberg ([email protected])December 5, 2015Reply

    cool idea, lousy execution

    I’ve only seen a few episodes of the original ”Man from U.N.C.L.E.”. To
    me it seemed as if the show didn’t know whether it wanted to be funny
    or serious. However, I liked the concept of an American agent and a
    Soviet agent having to collaborate on cases.

    So now, Guy Ritchie directs a big-screen adaptation. He keeps the
    setting in the early ’60s, and maintains the nationalities of the
    leads. However, the movie tries too hard to be an action flick. I did
    like the contrast between the suave Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill of ”Man
    of Steel”) and the uptight Ilya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer of ”The Social
    Network” and ”The Lone Ranger”) but it seems like the movie ends up
    unintentionally silly. I think that Ritchie should stick to movies
    about organized crime in England (”Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”
    and ”Snatch”). As for TV shows about espionage, I far prefer ”Get
    Smart”.

  • mlgayler69December 9, 2015Reply

    a pleasant surprise

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  • davidshort10December 10, 2015Reply

    Long-awaited remake a disappointing waste of money and talent

    From the start, I had my doubts. Solo is an American but uses a very
    English phrase and an English word rather than the American equivalent.
    This is the kind of sign that a film has been made sloppily. The
    director is English and should have known better. The set up is not
    what I expected as a remake of the slick 1960s series that was so ahead
    of its time in all sorts of ways, but this is explained right at the
    end. But the movie is the damage done. None of the main three
    characters are in any way appealing and there is no tension between
    them at all due to lack of characterisation. One just doesn’t care
    about them. The plot is absurd and very hard to follow (I didn’t really
    care but as I had rented it for a fixed time from iTunes, I wanted to
    get my moneys worth and saw it through although I did stop and start a
    lot). Because the dialogue and action are so dull it would have seemed
    to long at 90 minutes but this turkey goes on for almost two hours. The
    introduction of Hugh Grant as Mr Waverly was the last straw. Don’t they
    know he can only do drippy romcoms? And making him a Commander of Naval
    Intelligence as a nod to Commander Bond of Naval Intelligence, created
    by RNVR Commander Ian Fleming of Naval Intelligence, who also helped
    create the Man from UNCLE is just a bit of a stretch. And if he did
    hold that command, he would have been dressed in an RN Commander’s
    uniform when aboard one of Her Msjesty’s ships. Avoid this film at all
    costs. And the sequel!

  • tgchanDecember 12, 2015Reply

    tgchan says YES~!! / http://www.tgchan.pl

    Ratings: 7.4/10 from 97,854 users, looks good enough to me + Guy
    Ritchie knows how to make a good film, so why don’t give it a shot?

    9 minutes – the action looks great, it has a great atmosphere,
    everything looks nice and dandy

    35 minutes – it slows down considerably, after the initial good
    impression

    39 minutes – haha it is smart and funny as well~!

    52 minutes – I love it~! Not a lot, but I still love it

    1h 5 minutes – the music is great and it goes nicely with great
    directing

    1h 12 minutes – the story, acting, music, directing, action, everything
    is really nice. Not anything extraordinary, but really well done and
    pleasant to watch

    1h 22 minutes – and it constantly surprises you

    A pleasure to watch~!

    tgchan’s rating: 7.5 /10

  • StelicaBizganDecember 13, 2015Reply

    The Guy is Ritchie

    I enjoyed the movie with all my senses! Like always when I saw a Guy
    Ritchie’s film. From the beginning, I felt that feeling that only Guy
    Ritchie can brings in cinemas, in my opinion. It’s about the storyline,
    the high-speed happening events, the humor compound with drama or
    realistic scenes…and of course, it’s also about the soundtracks.

    Throughout the movie, I heard in background (in the same time when the
    action caught my attention), a specific sound that rapt me suddenly to
    the other Ritchie’s film like Sherlock Holmes (part I & part II),
    Snatch, RocknRolla, etc. These specific sounds keep the auditor stuck
    on the screen till the movie’s end. Subconsciously, the soundtracks
    works in each our mind and create an original trademark movie, a Guy
    Ritchie label. Compared with Sherlock Holmes, the soundtrack seems to
    be the same, but the storyline and the actions are different with at
    least a century of time events.

    I confess that I didn’t see the original TV series, but I think that,
    this version compressed enough stories, details, humor and
    action…specific to 1960s period, when the Cold War born out, among
    others, these kind of terrors and false alarms.

    I think that, Solo is the American version for James Bond and Illya is
    the new version for a Russian spy, a character that doesn’t appear
    until now on the screens.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E., is a ”2015 must see” movie. The Man is Guy and
    the guy is Ritchie.

  • ethmkocaDecember 13, 2015Reply

    Perfect !

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  • Wizard-8December 14, 2015Reply

    Not great, though it was better than I expected

    I was never a fan of the TV show ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” – or for
    that matter, a fan of Guy Ritchie, which are the reasons why I avoided
    this movie when it was in theaters. I broke down and rented the Blu-ray
    today after hearing a number of positive reports about it.

    After watching it, I can say that it was better than I expected…
    though not as good as I hoped it would be. First, the positive stuff. I
    was thankful that the production did not go for a strong campy
    approach. Yes, there is comic relief, but only here and there – it’s
    mostly played straight, which I appreciated greatly. The production
    design is top notch, really bringing the early 1960s back to life (it
    also helps that Daniel Pemberton’s musical score fits this world
    perfectly!) The cast also plays their various roles very well.

    However, I had a couple of problems with the movie – problems that I
    think explain why the movie didn’t do well at the box office. It all
    has to do with action. First, the action scenes, while they are not
    terrible, come across as routine. The second problem with the action is
    that there is not enough of it. There are long stretches of the movie
    with a lot of dry chat. While I realize that the movie was trying to be
    pretty realistic about the world of spying – in real life it IS mostly
    routine work and with little action – I think significantly more juice
    (either with the investigative work or with action) could have worked
    wonders for the movie.

    Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think the movie was awful. But it’s just
    an okay viewing experience in the end. It’s probably better than you
    might think, but all the same you’ll see potential that was not quite
    realized. Wait until it comes on free TV before watching it.

  • fluffsetDecember 18, 2015Reply

    the arrogant U.N.C.L.E

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  • MaleplatypusDecember 20, 2015Reply

    Mr. Ritchie truly knows how to make movies

    This is an almost excellent movie. For a perfect 10 it should be
    rounded, without a cliffhanger, but I’m certainly looking for sequels.
    Given Mr. Ritchie’s movie-making background, one probably has high
    expectations before watching this one. Well, it’s justified. This is a
    highly entertaining movie, with excellent cast radiating mutual
    chemistry, masterfully directed and put together. Almost no flaws (a
    few explanations would be nice, for instance: what’s a camera doing on
    a taxi and why, or: why are false eyelashes so obvious, but …), with
    apparent mixture of many similar movies and themes, action and comedy,
    but done as it should be. I hope Mr. Ritchie continues to make sequels
    to this one and keep the level high as set by himself here. Highly
    recommended. Have fun as I did! 🙂

  • MrDHWong ([email protected])December 23, 2015Reply

    A throwback to the classic Cold War era spy movies

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a spy film based on the 1960s TV series of
    the same name. For the most part I enjoyed it. Even though I’ve never
    seen the original series, this adaptation takes enough liberties with
    its source material to make it watchable for today’s modern audiences.

    In 1963, American CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Russian
    KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to work together by
    their respective superiors to stop a mysterious criminal organisation
    from reproducing nuclear weapons to the rest of the world. Being sworn
    enemies, Solo and Kuryakin don’t take kindly to one another’s way of
    approaching their jobs as a spy, but with the threat of nuclear
    annihilation looming, the two realise that there are bigger issues to
    deal with than their petty rivalry.

    As a throwback to the classic Cold War era spy movies, the film works
    reasonably well. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have good on-screen
    chemistry and I enjoyed the culture clash banter between the two of
    them. My biggest complaint however, is that the story isn’t
    particularly interesting. It’s the typical, clichéd ”save the world
    from destruction” plot line that we’ve all seen before. Despite
    offering nothing new to the spy movie genre, this film is still
    enjoyable popcorn entertainment and worth at least one viewing.

    I rate it 7/10.

  • Christian NelsonDecember 24, 2015Reply

    A Unique, Enticing Action Flick

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E is an action, espionage movie with a dash of
    comedy set in Cold War Era Europe. The movie stars Henry Cavill as a
    CIA agent and Armie Hammer as a KGB agent who have to work together to
    take down a crime organization that is planning on creating nuclear
    warheads. The movie itself bears a very sleek and stylized look through
    out as most of Guy Ritchie’s movies do. The movie also does a very good
    job in capturing the 1960s European feel with its costume design and
    set design which provides for compelling viewing. The movie yields a
    lot truly entertaining comedy mainly being conjured through Cavill and
    Hammer’s chemistry on screen. The film is genuinely funny at times
    which is harder to find in today’s action flick. The film does not have
    any obvious flaws which made the film less entertaining, however I did
    feel as though there could have been more character development for the
    villains as I felt as though they were to cartoonish at times and
    needed to have more relatable human like qualities. Overall The Man
    from U.N.C.L.E is a beautiful, entertaining espionage movie that is
    definitely worth watching if you are looking to entertain yourself
    momentarily.

    8/10

  • Knox Bronson ([email protected])December 25, 2015Reply

    Disappointing.

    I turned off this movie at the 40 minute mark. I frankly don’t get the
    high rating on IMDb. No characters were believable. No characters had
    any character. To call them cardboard would be flattering. This movie,
    in retrospect, was among the flattest I’ve ever seen. Nothing sticks
    out: no lines, no scenes (beyond the opening sequence), no actors. I
    had had hopes for a return to form for Ritchie. Not to be. I kept
    watching, hoping for something to engage my interest. I just found
    myself getting more exasperated and then irritated with the dullness.
    Finally accepted defeat. I gave it two stars because the cinematography
    was pretty. I mean, they clearly had budget for this movie. How could
    they produce such a stinker?

  • markoostankovicDecember 25, 2015Reply

    Entertainment is guaranteed

    As always, Ritchie cleverly subverts each set-piece, letting chase
    scenes unfold in carefully staged but enjoyably inventive ways, often
    putting the real action in the background while the characters act as
    if they’re above all this nastiness. As popcorn entertainment, this is
    first-rate, with a cast that’s more than up to the challenge. Cavill is
    particularly smooth, a Bond-style spy who seems unable to resist
    seducing every pretty woman he meets. Hammer’s role is pricklier, since
    Illya never quite relaxes, although his petulance makes him just as
    likable. Their interplay is snappy and often very funny but, unlike
    Ritchie’s similarly toned Sherlock Holmes movies, this strains to avoid
    being a bromance. Solo and Illya continue to spy on each other right to
    the end, maintaining their Cold War distance even as they team up to
    save the world.

    Even more oddly, Ritchie infuses the movie with a vague sense of the
    sexist and homophobic attitudes of the period, while the script never
    bothers to explore the tricky politics that drive the plot. The women
    may be fiercely strong-willed (both Vikander and Debicki are terrific),
    but they are essentially little more than a sexy distraction for two
    men who are perhaps too determined to prove their masculinity.
    Thankfully, the film is nearly bursting with style and wit, looking
    great as it continually makes us laugh. It may skim merrily along the
    surface like a cool speedboat on the Mediterranean, but the ride is so
    much fun that we don’t mind switching off our brains for a couple of
    hours.

  • gradyharpDecember 26, 2015Reply

    ‘There are only two masters in this world: fear and pain.’

    ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E (United Network Command for Law and
    Enforcement)’ began as a television series, running form 1964 – 1968 –
    a stylish, sophisticated spy series that in many ways broke the ice for
    the plethora of offshoots that followed an still imitate). Now along
    comes (groan) another remake of a fine original – this time altered on
    every level by Guy Ritchie in an attempt to make it compete with the
    many and constant spy thrillers that flood both the television and
    theater screens. Does it work? That depends on the viewer’s history and
    tolerance.

    Ritchie did cast the film with classy actors and that helps. Henry
    Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander manage to infuse some style
    into this otherwise heavy-handed caper film.

    The story is capsulized as follows: ‘In the 1960s with the Cold War in
    play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) successfully helps Gaby
    Teller (Alicia Vikander) defect to West Germany despite the
    intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
    Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a
    joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby’s
    father’s scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb.
    Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to
    cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their
    own agendas.’

    Fill out the cast with such figures as Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Debicki
    and Sylvester Groth and the style remains intact despite the Guy
    Ritchie attempts to ‘modernize’ the concept and story line. A bit long
    – both in the tooth and in length – there are still moments that remind
    us of how excellent the original truly was.

  • Neilist1001 .December 26, 2015Reply

    An Utterly Misconceived Waste of Resources

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  • leonblackwoodDecember 28, 2015Reply

    Expected Better! 3/10

    Review: I was expecting much more from this movie! The acting was quite
    poor, from the two leading men and there constant bickering just got on
    my nerves after a while. I know that Guy Ritchie was trying to bring
    something fresh and new to the big screen but the whole look of the
    film just didn’t work for me. I wasn’t that impressed with the
    storyline and the action wasn’t that great but Alicia Vikander did put
    in a good performance. Anyway, the film is set during the 1960s, when
    the cold war was in play and Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is sent on a
    mission to bring a mechanic, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East
    Berlin, to the other side of the wall. Whilst fighting against KGB
    agent IIIya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), who does impress Napoleon Solo
    with his determination, he manages to get Gaby to safety and completes
    his mission. Solo is then blackmailed into taking another mission by
    CIA chief Saunders (Jared Harris), to stop a criminal organisation from
    building a nuclear bomb. The head of the criminal organisation,
    Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) has captured Gaby’s father and forced him
    to make the nuclear bomb but Gaby’s uncle Rudi, still works for
    Victoria so the CIA wants Solo to team up with Gaby and KGB agent
    IIIya, to worm there way into there organisation. Gaby acts like she is
    IIIya’s wife and uses her uncle Rudi to find out were her dad is and to
    retrieve a disk with the design of the bomb, while Napoleon Solo uses
    his charms to seduce Victoria. Whilst in Rome, they fight against
    Victoria’s henchmen to find the bomb and to make sure that it doesn’t
    get into the wrong hands and with the help of there new team leader,
    Waverly (Hugh Grant), they successfully complete there mission and form
    a new team of government agents. Guy Ritchie tried his best to bring
    dry wit to the script but the two main characters were the wrong choice
    for this project. There are a couple of funny scenes, like when Gaby is
    dancing in there hotel room and when Rudi is getting electrocuted, but
    that was about it. I was hoping for a big showdown at the end between
    Victoria and the new elite team but that was also a big let down. It
    just seemed like a fashion piece, with some funky music and a couple of
    detailed car chases and I must admit, I did struggle to keep my eyes
    open. If they come out with another movie in this franchise, they
    really need to think about replacing the main characters because
    Napoleon Solo and IIIya Kuryakin wasn’t in the same class as Robert
    Vaughn and David McCallum. One thing that I liked about the old series
    was the way that they pieced together there investigations and how the
    two opposites worked together to fight crime but in this movie it all
    seemed like a big joke to the agents, which is why it gets the thumbs
    down from me. Disappointing!

    Round-Up: Guy Ritchie, 47, was lucky to make his money back on this
    project because he really did have a big budget to play with. I’ll give
    him some credit for taking on such an enormous project and he did make
    it look like it was filmed during the 1960s, with the fancy clothes and
    the fancy cars but it wasn’t enough to tickle my fancy. I loved his
    previous movies, like Lock Stock, Snatch, RocknRolla and the Sherlock
    Holmes franchise but I wasn’t too keen on Revolver or the terrible
    Swept Away which he made with his then wife, Madonna, who really can’t
    act. He plans to remake Cannonball Run, which is another hefty project
    to take on and he is in post-production with Knights of the Round
    Table: King Arthur starring Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam, Katie McGrath,
    Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou and David Beckham, so he has some big
    projects in the pipeline. There isn’t any talk about a sequel of this
    movie and with Robert Downey Jr. playing a major role in the Avengers,
    I doubt that we will see another Sherlock Holmes movie anytime soon.
    This film did go down well with some of the critics but I personally
    didn’t find it that entertaining.

    Budget: $75million Worldwide Gross: $109.5million

    I recommend this movie to people who are into their
    action/adventure/comedies starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia
    Vikander, Hugh Grant and Jared Harris. 3/10

  • The CouchpotatoesDecember 29, 2015Reply

    The series are a hundred time better

    I remember that I used to love The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when I was
    young. I loved that show, where Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin got
    all my attention in every episode. But that was with Robert Vaughn and
    David McCallum, and both did so much better then Henry Cavill and Armie
    Hammer. When I read Guy Ritchie was going to be the director of The Man
    from U.N.C.L.E. I was pretty excited because I absolutely loved Snatch,
    Lock Stock and two smoking barrels, as well as RocknRolla. So I was
    looking forward to watch this movie, but at the end I have to say I am
    disappointed. It didn’t reach my expectations at all. Didn’t see
    anything that reminded me of the series nor the signature of Ritchie’s
    good movies. The spies here were just boring and dull, nothing
    enjoyable to follow. The music was also quite boring during the action
    scenes. If you have the choice then just watch the series from the
    sixties instead of this movie.

  • updike-curtisDecember 30, 2015Reply

    Excellent Move – All around great production

    This movie finds itself in the unique position of not fitting into the
    genre it was marketed for. I put this in the same category of ”The
    Princess Bride.” It was an unfortunate release in theaters because the
    marketing department did not know how to send this out to an audience
    that appreciates exceptional writing, smart acting, great directing,
    well crafted character development and a story that does not fit into a
    simple box of ”Action” or ”Drama” or ”Comedy.”

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E is truly a movie that plays to a full story
    experience. Characters start with depth and grow and progress. Comedy
    and whit take the place of bad acting. Exceptional writers and
    directors take the film to a level of making the audience think and
    become attached to these characters.

    I am sad it did not do well in the box office. I cannot say enough good
    about this film. I only hope this will find strong footing in the
    rental world to support a second movie.

  • Aravind ReddyDecember 31, 2015Reply

    Chic flick

    I was dying to watch this film from the time i got to know that Guy
    Ritchie is wielding the mega phone but only watched the movie 4 months
    after it got released. I must say that Ritchie didn’t disappoint. He
    once again proved that he is a master story teller by stylishly
    blending humor with action. I was pleasantly surprised by Henry Cavil.
    He fit the role superbly and will be someone i will look forward to
    watch in the sequel( Hopefully there will be one). Rest of the cast
    were adequate. Watching the film there are multiple instances where you
    cannot but notice Guy Ritchie’s brilliance. Loved the end credits
    too.Really hope that there will be a second installment of this
    franchise.

  • jeomoDecember 31, 2015Reply

    Didn’t expect the series and I was not disappointed

    I watched the original series in junior high. I later grew up to
    understand that most Hollywood ”remakes” are not efforts at remaking
    anything, but are instead efforts to lure timid investors by wrapping a
    movie in the security blanket of a recognized brand. I had no
    expectation that the movie would be much like the series, and therefore
    I was able to watch it unencumbered by false expectations.

    I enjoyed it. The action grew a bit tiresome now and then, but at least
    it was well done. The story line was adequate, the script more than
    adequate. Where the movie fell somewhat short was in its characters. I
    never know exactly where this particular weakness lies…actor, script,
    director, or some combination thereof.

    Solo’s character was just too slick and one-dimensional. They wanted a
    thief-turned-agent, they would have done much better to transfer Matt
    Bomer directly over from White Collar. Gaby’s character was acceptable,
    but nothing special. I don’t think she brought enough to the table to
    warrant expanding the team from two to three. Ah, but Kuryakin…he was
    great. Newly invented, yet somehow with a bit of the same appeal as the
    original, and a bit of the same mysterious nature. Given that everyone
    had the same director and writers, I credit Hammer for this. I was
    impressed…not just another pretty face, this one.

    I’m not sure how much Grant was actually acting. He seems to always
    play the same character, not that I’m complaining. That same old
    character fit surprising well into this rather different context. For
    that, I credit casting.

  • rnchan-43322December 31, 2015Reply

    Very bond like

    I grew up watching the original series of the Man from UNCLE. As much
    as people like to think that a major motion picture should be like the
    TV version it never comes across the same. However I think this movie
    was done extremely well in that it was very James Bond like only with
    three main under cover agents instead of one. The action was intense
    along with the character opposites and the plot was built up well. The
    actors and actress that were picked to portray the three UNCLE agents
    did excellent in bringing the characters to the big screen. When doing
    an action flick to me it’s all about being believable and this movie
    does it.This movie falls in with the James Bond and Jason Bourne series
    which I really love.

  • shawn_m_roederJanuary 1, 2016Reply

    Aggravating to Watch

    The story was fun, the action was fun, and the plot twists were
    enjoyable. The acting was decent. The locations were enjoyable to see.
    However, I did not enjoy watching this film for two reasons. The first
    reason is because many of the scenes are shown twice. The first time
    the scene is shown, information is deliberately left out, even though
    the information that is left out is not too difficult for thinking
    audience members to discern. Then, almost instantly, the scene is shown
    again filling in the missing information. Were the filmmakers
    deliberately trying to pad the running time of the film by showing
    everything twice? This was both irritating and unnecessary. In
    addition, the split screen scenes added nothing and just increased the
    aggravation of watching this movie. This could have been much better.
    Touches that I’m assuming were meant to be touches of artistic flair
    made the movie tedious and annoying.

  • secretzfanJanuary 1, 2016Reply

    Nice spies

    I am not gonna lie. I kinda over-hyped myself for this one. I was
    hopping for something more fast paced like Spectre ended up being, but
    this was defiantly on the lower scales. It should be noted that I loved
    Henry Cavil. His attitude in this film was soo amazing. He really
    became someone new. I never saw Superman with him only a secret agent
    spy. Armie Hammer was also great in the film. Hell sometimes even
    better than Henry, but together it doesn’t always work. There are a few
    good funny moments in this film, but there not on the level I had hoped
    they would be on.

    Also the story isn’t that interesting or engaging either and neither
    are the villains. Nothing about those areas of the film are that
    engaging. The only villain that works is Alicia Vikandar who is coming
    off her work in Ex Machina. She still holds her on in this film as
    well, but not in the way I was hopping that she would.

    So what am I getting at this film overall. This film has funny and
    engaging characters with a lot of funny moments, but the story in this
    film is soo weak and boring that it hurts the film.It is still a decent
    film overall and I recommend it, but it is nothing special either.

    Tho it does have a great soundtrack 😀

  • Gordon-11January 1, 2016Reply

    Fast paced spy film

    This film tells the story of a group of secret agents from several
    countries, who work together to stop an sonic bomb from going off in
    the hands of an Italian businessman.

    This film is stylish and cool to look at. The scenes of cars in the
    countryside towards the end are cool, with the camera panning out and
    then zoom back in on another car. The characters are fun, and the
    tension between the agents are funny as well. There is a lot of action
    in the film. The action is fast paced and sometimes I have trouble
    following the story. Despite all the action, somehow the tone is still
    light and not rushed with adrenaline. The woman playing Victoria is
    very beautiful, and very slim! Let’s see if there will be a sequel, the
    film is set up for one.

  • TxMikeJanuary 2, 2016Reply

    Fitting tribute to the 1960s TV series, James-Bondish and Mission Impossible-ish.

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  • breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-comJanuary 3, 2016Reply

    A nice blend of the buddy cop & spy genre

    Although during the mid 1900s filmmakers were beginning to expand their
    range of experimentation in their projects, things were still very
    separate. Many genres during the time stuck within their boundaries. If
    you made a drama, it stuck to the highlights of personal conflict. If
    it was a sci-fi film, it focused more on the futuristic aspects of it.
    The same went for action, horror and comedy films respectively. As the
    1980s rolled around, genres began mixing even more. One of the more
    popular hybrids of the time was the buddy cop genre, which was the
    fusion of the action and comedy. Now when it comes to adding in another
    genre to the recipe, that can get tricky. Depending on who’s writing,
    trying to find an even blend for more than one category is not easy.
    The idea is to produce a product that appeals to each fan of the
    particular style without alienating them simultaneously. For director
    Guy Ritchie, it seems that making a feature length movie to the TV show
    of the same name seemed like no problem considering his previous works.

    Before this comedic action spy film, Guy Ritchie also directed Lock,
    Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), which were action
    comedies and the Sherlock Holmes (2009) series, which were action spy
    films. Written by Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes (2009)) and also
    Ritchie, this spy action comedy successfully sets out what it was made
    to do and that’s blending all the genres evenly together. During the
    Cold War era, American professional thief Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill)
    and Russian professional KGB spy Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are
    paired up under their ruling nations to try and stop a unknown
    organization from distributing nuclear warheads. As far as overall
    execution goes, most of it is straightforward. Only occasionally does
    the plot get muddled with information for no real reason. This happens
    when information is being passed between informants. In some ways it’s
    understood that the writers are trying to make this information hard to
    attain but it does feel overly convoluted.

    Co-starring with the two main leads are Gaby (Alicia Vikander, Ex
    Machina (2015)) as their main ticket of getting access to the unknown
    organization because her uncle Rudi (Sylvester Groth) being connected
    to them. Suspected of possessing the warheads is Victoria (Elizabeth
    Debicki, The Great Gatsby (2013)) for being related to a World War II
    fascist. In it’s entirety, almost all main characters receive the
    development they require in order for the audience to understand them.
    Of the cast, the top three rightfully go to Cavill, Hammer and
    Vikander. Hammer and Cavill have great chemistry for the bickering duo
    that they are. What’s great is not only that they don’t like each other
    because of each other knowing their partners’ background, but also for
    the fact that one is Russian and the other is American. Working with
    the enemy probably is not a job anybody wants to do. The buddy cop
    trope of opposite personalities exists but instead of it being shown in
    attire it is demonstrated through personality, which is different.

    Cavill plays it cool and slick, while Hammer plays it brash and hot
    tempered. These are two extreme opposites yet they both get the job
    done and that’s extraordinary. This also helps in the comedic delivery
    because of how well they bounce their zingers off each other. Vikander
    also works because of her ability to be her own character and have her
    own moments. That also means she doesn’t need Cavill or Hammer’s
    character to support her; she can actually manage her own. The action
    is nicely stylized as well. More of this element goes hand-in-hand with
    the spy genre where Solo and Kuryakin are required to go around as
    other characters. Another situation might be when the two are trying to
    outrun another character so that they aren’t caught and their cover is
    blown. It’s crafty business and it looks fun with the energy put on
    screen. The only thing that may be a bit off putting is the costume
    design for the finale build up. The costume designer to this production
    was Joanna Johnston (Hellraiser (1987) & Forrest Gump (1994)).

    For the display on screen much of the color schemes and designs look
    very much like Cold War era clothing. Yet when it gets closer to the
    finale, Hammer and Cavill dress in military suits that resemble that of
    The Expendables (2010). The rest is fine though. The cinematography
    shot by John Mathieson is brightly lit and has plenty of landscape to
    see whether it’s urban or rural terrain. The musical score provided by
    composer Daniel Pemberton is interesting too. Although he doesn’t have
    a main theme for the franchise itself, he does give separate themes for
    the characters. An example would be Kuryakin where every time he gets
    angry. But even this, Pemberton also creates a score very close to that
    of what someone would hear from the era. It’s psychedelic and also
    relaxing to listen to. Pemberton also includes drums and timpani for
    various action cues although they are a not as memorable as the other
    tracks mentioned before. However, this is largely a solid effort that
    should not be ignored.

    Its main leads have natural chemistry thanks to some adequate writing.
    It does however suffer from infrequent times when the plot can get
    confusing for no reason because of it being in the spy genre. But it’s
    not much to say when the music and visuals to the movie add to the
    style of how closely it matches the era that its source material
    spawned from. The action is also fun seeing how the characters get
    around.

  • imadlakbudapestJanuary 5, 2016Reply

    Fun and classy movie

    I’m not sure what happened to the advertising of this film because I
    did not even know about it until after it was in theaters which is
    unfortunate and I hope Guy R continues to produce this series with the
    same actors/actresses. I’ve watched it 5 times already. This movie did
    exactly what a movie should, be fun, interesting, exciting, sexy etc
    and keep my interest. I love Guy’s style and I love the cast!!! The
    soundtrack is great! Finally not the same people over and over again
    such as Ferrel, Stiller, Sandler, Rudd, and a bunch of other so called
    comedians who bore me, etc, etc and aren’t even funny let alone
    exciting. I don’t get how a movie like ant man got better reviews? I
    couldn’t even finish watching it. Finally a diverse, gorgeous and sexy
    cast too. I think everyone played their roles perfectly. I love the
    beautiful scenes, humor and the actors who played the bad guys were
    excellent!!! Excellent cast seriously. I hope I see many sequels to
    come. Go Guy go!!! And forget all the so called self important critics
    in NYC and LA who didn’t like this movie.

  • philipmorrison-73118January 6, 2016Reply

    Could have been better

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  • d_spychJanuary 9, 2016Reply

    Awesome

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  • razmoceanJanuary 13, 2016Reply

    A spy movie seasoned with the classic Guy Ritchie style

    Watched it twice in an open air cinema in Athens. Afterwards, i had the
    urge to show it to my friends and family so I’ve watched it a few more
    times.

    Very stylish movie, with a lot of funny scenes and witty lines. A true
    Guy Ritchie fan couldn’t be disappointed with this one. The
    cinematography is good as well as the photography. Henry Cavill is
    enjoyable to watch and shows that he is well suited for spy movies.
    Proves that he is a strong candidate for the role of James Bond = when
    he gets a little older.

    In three words: Stylish, Glamorous and Entertaining

  • Prismark10January 14, 2016Reply

    Impossible Mission

    Guy Ritchie blows the cobwebs of the fondly remembered 1960s television
    series, The Man from UNCLE. Ritchie goes for an origins story which he
    hopes will reboot a new 1960s based action adventure franchise.

    Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, a former thief recruited by the CIA as
    an alternative to doing a long prison stretch. Armie Hammer is Russian
    spy Ilya Kuryakin a sullen communist with anger management issues and
    super human strength.

    In short the characters have departed from their television
    counterparts and have little in common with the characters played by
    Robert Vaughan and David McCallum.

    Solo is sent on a mission in Berlin to seek out the daughter of a
    nuclear scientist who has disappeared. He is first pursued by Kuryakin
    but later in order to prevent nuclear disaster both have been ordered
    to team up and work together which they do reluctantly.

    The film is stylish but the plot is bland, dull and derivative. Even
    the premise of a wisecracking American agent teaming up with a
    humourless brute from the other side of the Iron Curtain was done
    better in Red Heat in 1988.

    This film aspires to be a rebooted Roger Moore era James Bond set in
    the 1960s. It comes across as a second rate spy caper with stiff actors
    showing little charisma. It has so little to do with the television
    series that spawned this, they really should had taken a cue from the
    Tom Cruise Mission Impossible series and set out its own path from the
    basic ingredients of the small screen series.

  • edu_strikeJanuary 17, 2016Reply

    Pretty Good

    This is one pretty good action movie that uses a great background that
    is the Cold War, specially for the espionage tale that it wants to
    tell. Knowing that this is a Guy Ritchie movie, you can expect really
    good action scenes, characters that work very well specially with each
    other but are not necessarily well developed, that said could seem like
    a bad thing to some people and i get it why you could say that, but
    it’s not a bad thing in my opinion, you don’t need really deep
    characters with complex backgrounds, it’s good to have one, but you
    know, at the end of the day it’s better to have good and charismatic
    characters in my honest opinion. Great movie, if you like espionage,
    cold war, great action scenes, good jokes and/or beautiful and elegant
    environment, go for it, not a must watch though.

  • talisencrwJanuary 18, 2016Reply

    Hopefully the start of another great franchise for Ritchie

    I know Ritchie gets a lot of flak for being a Tarantino copyist, but I
    really enjoy the films of the Brit that I’ve seen so far. They’re great
    fun and more enjoyable than the grim-a-thons that the James Bond,
    Mission: Impossible and Jason Bourne franchises have churned out,
    though I love those as well. I thought the casting was a nice in-joke,
    pairing DC Comics’ Superman with Marvel’s Captain America, and I have
    loved Alicia Vikander’s work since seeing her years ago in ‘A Royal
    Affair’. I thought at the time she exuded both acting chops and
    sensuality out of every pore and would be a real monster if she ever
    went international–which she definitely has, both here and in ‘Ex
    Machina’. Though I have never seen the TV series, I felt the
    camaraderie between the stars was refreshing, the car chases and other
    stunts were excellent, and, in a year most saturated with spy films
    (thankfully, for enthusiasts such as I), although it tanked at the box
    office, I for one hope it becomes a franchise. Why put the brakes on a
    good thing?…

  • grendelkhanJanuary 21, 2016Reply

    Nice throwback to the era of spy-fi.

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  • MisterWhiplashJanuary 22, 2016Reply

    The Man from NOT BAD genre-land

    I keep going back and forth in my head about this one. On the one hand,
    you should almost expect that this will be a total style over substance
    piece of Hollywood action fluff, and lo and behold it is. But on the
    other hand Ritchie casts it with such appealing leads (Henry Cavill
    shows why he is a star, Armie Hammer fights a Russian accent but has
    probably the most character to work with, or at least background to
    play from, and Alicia Vikander is sex on a stick) that it’s kind of a
    shame they aren’t given a meatier script.

    I’m not sure if the show was the same way, but the movie of
    ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ is so slick that you’re almost worried the movie will trip
    over itself while it goes on. It’s full of action that, at first (that
    opening chase scene at night between Cavill and Hammer that you saw in
    the trailers) is exciting and shows off Ritchie’s flair for staging
    elaborate fairly simple set pieces but with the composition and cutting
    of someone trying to keep pushing his own envelope. But that’s at
    first; by the time it gets to some of the other action (the escape from
    that one, uh, compound locked in by water, the chase through the
    forest-y parts by motorcycle and, uh, kart, yes in 1963) it’s kind of
    become monotonous.

    Which is why the actors do such a good job of keeping things in motion
    and interesting – Hammer actually does get more likable as the movie
    goes on, since his character actually has to struggle against his own
    worst impulses, and Cavill is great at being this dude Solo (no, not
    that one, though I notice the coincidence) – even as the twists pile on
    to the point where it becomes just too much. There is an element of
    fun, but it’s not totally consistent; I’ll laugh at one thing, and then
    go about 20 minutes staring like it’s an art museum of a spy movie.
    Then I’ll laugh again (during, of all things, the second half of a
    torture scene) and I’ll perk up again.

    So it’s something that I can recommend, but not something that you
    should go out of your way to see; it has beautiful locations and
    beautiful actors (even the villainess is basically like the spawn of
    Catherine Deneuve or something), and, holy hell that IS Hugh Grant
    right there, it’s nice to see him again. Perhaps it’s not fair to
    compare, but it’s hard to when the calendar year this was released,
    2015, also had Kingman (by Ritchie ex-producer Matthew Vaughan) and
    Rogue Nation, and used the genre to much greater effect. It ends on a
    satisfying note, and is probably a masterpiece for like a nothing-to-do
    cable weekend afternoon watch, if that makes sense.

  • Ole Sandbaek JoergensenJanuary 23, 2016Reply

    Cool ”Cowboy” and Rough ”Russian”

    I liked the whole spy thing, the very cool ”cowboy” and the very rough
    ”Russian”, it actually plays well together.

    I haven’t seen the series, but this film seems to have been adopted
    right from it, with the old school spy stuff, the explaining sequences,
    long streaks where something slow happens in the foreground, but
    strange or fun or different stuff moving fast in the background, it is
    a cool effect.

    In general the film is cool and clever, moving slowly along, with fun
    episodes where either don’t want to help the other and they mess things
    up, but it is missing something to be really good and interesting for
    my sake.

  • kyle-stauffer21January 25, 2016Reply

    Pointless, insulting to fans of the TV show, show some respect

    Just viewed this abortion…wish a vote of zero or even negative stars
    was possible. I was a child in the 60’s and as such appreciated some of
    the period detail…that being said I would have rather had less
    attention to period detail if more emphasis could have been placed on
    developing a plot, making you care about the characters, and making the
    viewer even want to stay in the seat to the end of the movie. This was
    an utter snooze-fest..according to IMDb’s own trivia entries, at times
    the actors actually ad libbed their dialogue…and boy does it show.
    Its not the best publicity for your movie when your actors
    inadvertently admit that its just a paycheck to them (only one of them
    even bothered to watch the original series to begin with.) Makes you
    wonder if Guy Ritchie just pulled the name out his ass… or heard
    about a TV show from the 60’s called The Man From UNCLE and thought
    ”Yeah, I can do that. It was a much simpler time and audiences were
    easily entertained back then.” The concepts from the TV show are not a
    hindrance to your movie making, they are the reason the audience fills
    the seats because they are hoping to have a real connection to what
    made the TV show great, not just in name only. Distracting ridiculous
    accents, dull dialogue…accents that make it hard to understand what
    is being said even if you did care… this seems like a rush job to get
    any piece of crap into theaters in the hopes of capitalizing on name
    recognition. Younger audiences will not connect and might on some level
    appreciate the humor that is few and far between, older audiences will
    bemoan the fact that everything that was good about the series was
    jettisoned. Don’t waste your time. I enjoy Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock
    Holmes movies, and that’s what made me even consider watching this in
    the first place. This dog better be followed by a much better effort as
    an apology to moviegoers. Armie…Lone Ranger sucked and you did
    yourself no favors with this one…might wanna consider hitting reset.

  • fulgurenteJanuary 26, 2016Reply

    just the blend most of the movies lack.. great watch!!

    collaboration between the CIA and KGB in a period of cold war makes us
    have an idea about how to treat your enemy even in a period of war but
    since this movie is also a comedy it just might be considered as some
    sort of fantasy but still with just the right amount of comedy for a
    spy movie and not overdoing on childish humor is what makes this movie
    a quite perfect balance of the these two genres… as of the romance,
    well again even if its not romantic focused this movie includes a
    little of it just to build up some mystery but not to a point to make
    the viewer sweat during the movie…

    just something real enthusiasts are looking for in a movie to relax
    after a harsh day of work!!

  • Lars BearJanuary 26, 2016Reply

    Good, but forty years too late

    In many respects this is a great film — solid acting, realistic sets,
    decent cinematography, face-paced action almost from start to finish.
    It does a great job of evoking the spy movies of the 60s and 70s,
    starting right from the opening title sequence. The music, the cars,
    the hairstyles — all perfect. If there was anything anachronistic, I
    didn’t spot it (and I was there at the time).

    And yet…

    The Cold War was the constant backdrop to my youth. I saw it played out
    in movies and books but, more importantly, in the daily newspapers.
    Movies like ”The Ipcress File” were based (more or less convincingly)
    on popular understanding of current events. We didn’t know at that
    time, and would not know for another thirty years, that there were no
    criminal masterminds hell-bent on taking over the world, and that the
    real Cold War was an exercise in incompetence and confusion. Characters
    like Napoleon Solo never existed, and never could have; if they had, no
    doubt they would have been sent on futile missions to remote jungles
    and died of snakebite. Or something.

    All of which brings me to the problem, as I see it, with this film.
    There is a place for serious movies about the historical past that
    really happened; and there is a place for comedic, satirical movies
    about the historical past that never did. Nobody’s going to criticize
    Mel Brooks’s ”Men In Tights” for not depicting an accurate
    representation of medieval crime and punishment. There is even a place
    for movies about a wholly fantastical past (”Lord of the Rings”.) I
    question, however, the place for a serious (or even semi-serious) movie
    that is based on a non-existent past, but which falls far short of
    fantasy.

    To be sure, ”UNCLE” is a light-hearted movie, but it’s still filmed and
    acted as if it was about events that might really have happened, that
    we now know never did, nor never could. Had it been just a bit funnier,
    or just a bit less earnest, it might have worked for me. Had it been a
    bit more outlandish and overtly fantastical, that might also have been
    OK, odd though that might sound.

    In short, the real problem with this movie is that it should have been
    made in 1975.

  • feakesJanuary 27, 2016Reply

    the Man From U.N.C.L.E. pure class prequel all the way.

    I’m a big fan of the original Man From U.N.C.L.E. And when I first
    heard George Clooney was going to be Napoleon Solo I was excited. then
    he pulled out and tom Cruise was in and I was heartbroken. then Cruise
    left and Cavill was in and I was happy again. Armie Hammer is pitch
    perfect as Kuryakin the Russian Solo is forced to work with. both
    Agents have a strong dislike for each other and when ordered that they
    must seize a disk that can make the nation possessing it the most
    powerful nation on earth. The problem is the disk belongs to a bomb
    maker who is the one bomb maker in the world who can make a atomic bomb
    that no other nation has. He’s so far ahead of the curve. The problem
    is he’s gone missing and a terror organization has him. They recruit
    the man’s daughter Gaby to help find him. Solo and Kuryakin are ordered
    to retrieve the disk and kill the other agent if needed. There is
    twists and turns .And you never lose interest. The 60’s setting is
    perfectly in place. you get the feeling you’re watching a 60’s flick
    and that bit of magic is Guy Ritchie’s light touch. At no time does
    Ritchie lose his touch. nor does he let the film run away from him. He
    reins it in and keeps us glued to the movie wondering what is going to
    happen next. I would love to see another Man From U.N.C.L.E as this one
    was too wonderful to leave at just one. First Class all the way.

  • Fluke_SkywalkerJanuary 27, 2016Reply

    Stylish, fun and totally inconsequential

    Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ is a stylish and yet ultimately
    forgettable little diversion, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with
    that. Truthfully I don’t know that the source material really provides
    the blueprint for anything more than what we get here anyway, so
    anything we get above the rather low hanging bar is simply a bonus to
    be savored.

    The film itself looks gorgeous, and this may be the best looking cast
    ever. Definitely not the sort of film you want to watch if you’re
    feeling a bit insecure that day. They do more than look pretty however.
    Dodgy accents aside, they inhabit their roles and charmingly lead us
    through this fizzy little dance of a movie before slipping out the back
    door.

  • pengoboxJanuary 28, 2016Reply

    Just watch it

    When I first heard about this movie, it was because it showed up on
    some ”Worst Movies of 2015” list, but rather than one of the worst
    movies of 2015, I watched a pretty entertaining innovation on a beloved
    series.

    Guy Ritchie movies tend to be fast-paced, and TMFU was certainly no
    exception; appropriate since this is supposed to be a spy movie.
    However, it was a spy movie that didn’t take itself too seriously, so
    it was still a lot of fun to watch.

    Another feature of Guy Ritchie movies seems to be actors doing over the
    top accents (e.g. Snatch), but despite this, Vikander, Hammer, and
    Cavill have great chemistry. The movie included some background on
    Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin that wasn’t really present in the
    original series, which certainly added depth to the characters.

    Also Elizabeth Debicki!! This was the first time I’ve seen her since
    The Great Gatsby, and I’m looking forward to seeing her more! She
    played a very cool and sophisticated (but still ruthless) villain.

    Anyway, I’ve never actually watched the original series, so maybe I
    have no idea what I’m talking about, but regardless of what mainstream
    critics say you should watch this movie! I think it has something fun
    for everyone, and I would definitely watch it again.

  • LeonLouisRicciJanuary 29, 2016Reply

    Retro All the Way…A Bold Experiment in Style that Mostly Works

    Gimmicky Director Guy Ritchie is on full Restraint in this Reboot of
    the Popular 1960’s TV Show. Deliberately making a Movie that Bucks
    postmodern Trends and audience Expectations.

    It’s a Smoothy of a Groovy Movie as it takes its Time presenting Action
    Scenes with Screen Time that allows the Brain to take in what the Eye
    Sees, and what the Eye Sees is a Beautifully Crafted Film that not only
    takes place in the Sixties, but could have been a Movie Edited in the
    Sixties.

    Elegant, Frothy, and full of Eye Candy that often times looks like
    Magazine Ads and just as Glossy. There is no shortage of Beautiful
    People on Screen as Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill, and Alicia Vikander try
    to find a Nuclear Scientist that has been Kidnapped, before He can
    Deliver a Device.

    It’s standard Cold War Stuff and the Movie handles it Cool. It is a
    welcome Breather from the Hyper-Ness of other Franchise, Super-Hero,
    Spy Stuff and Audiences should be Prepared for the Change.

    Because Frankly it is quite a Different way to Present This type of
    thing Today and the Knee-Jerk reaction is to Reject its deliberate
    Style. But it mostly works as one can see the Pendulum Swinging Back to
    another Era in the way Movies were made and Enjoyed.

    It’s Retro in the purist Sense and deserves Kudos for giving it a try,
    because it isn’t a Given that this Type of Thing will be Accepted.
    Overall, if one gets the Vibe, it can be a pleasant Diversion and a
    Delightful Experience if nothing more than a Contrast to Current
    expectations.

  • Movie_Muse_ReviewsJanuary 31, 2016Reply

    One fun ‘UNCLE:’ an enjoyable, clever retro spy flick

    Finally, a franchise-starter fitting of Guy Ritchie. The director who
    shot to fame with British crime comedies ”Snatch” and ”Lock, Stock and
    Two Smoking Barrels” was errantly assigned to Hollywood’s revival of
    Sherlock Holmes, which wasn’t a failure by any means, but a venture
    with limited upside. With ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” Ritchie’s
    filmmaking instincts are put to more appropriate use in a period spy
    flick.

    The entire ”U.N.C.L.E.” operation from the onset has a much more
    low-key approach than ”Sherlcok Holmes,” with younger up-and-comers in
    lead roles: Henry Cavill of ”Man of Steel” fame, Armie Hammer (”The
    Lone Ranger”) and Alicia Vikander (”Ex Machina”). It’s got plenty of
    flash per Ritchie’s style, but there’s something humble about the film
    from its period trappings to the showcasing of emerging talent.

    Based on the Sam Rolfe TV series from the ’60s, which is to say the
    built-in audience is extremely small, ”U.N.C.L.E.” sees American spy
    Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) in Cold
    War-era Europe forced to work together with an East German defect
    (Vikander) whose father was captured by a private criminal organization
    in Italy and forced into building them a nuclear bomb. It’s the kind of
    predictable plot the spy thriller was founded on, but as a period
    piece, it’s a welcome throwback.

    ”U.N.C.L.E.” is bursting with colors, clothes, hairstyles and
    accessories that’ll make you pine for the Sean Connery ”Bond” years.
    With no shortage of contemporary spy franchises (featuring Bond, Bourne
    and Hunt), a retro action movie with a plot utilizing minimal
    technological devices (literal devices and plot devices) is refreshing.
    It also means really strong direction, writing and production values
    are needed to engaged and thrill the audience.

    The action and pace of ”U.N.C.L.E.” isn’t exactly high-octane (though
    it has its moments), so it takes wit, creativity and style to keep the
    audiences surprised and engaged. Good thing, then, that wit, creativity
    and style are Ritchie’s specialties. There’s a boat chase, for example,
    that we see only in the reflection of a windshield behind which
    Napoleon Solo eats a sandwich — with an ironic soundtrack in the
    background, of course. On the other hand, a climactic off-road chase
    employs a lot of modern techniques including an impressive
    eye-in-the-sky view that quickly zooms in and out onto characters in
    disparate spots in the same general location.

    The plot isn’t exactly gripping, but the characters make up for it.
    Cavill is at his leading man best as Solo, an American James Bond (the
    irony being that Cavill is British). The sense of humor and smugness of
    the character really fits Cavill’s strengths. Hammer gets a bit more of
    the dramatic work as the stoic, hot-tempered Kuryakin. And Vikander is
    far from their love interest, a good thing considering her talents
    aren’t worthy of anything less.

    Even with all the great talents and costumes, ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
    doesn’t quite do enough to stand out in its genre, but there were far
    more things that worked well in the film than poorly, and there’s a lot
    of potential for the series going forward, especially if Ritchie
    remains involved. Hopefully, movie renters will give it the fair shake
    it didn’t get from moviegoers during its theatrical run.

    ~Steven C

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  • David RoggenkampFebruary 1, 2016Reply

    New to the ‘brand’; quit impressed

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  • srikarawesomeFebruary 12, 2016Reply

    Excellent , Awesome , Fantastic movie

    Just watched this movie , hands down it’s amazing movie by guy Ritchie
    .entertaining as hell , trust me you will never get bored at any point
    and will enjoy every second of the movie.

    pros-

    1.Amazing acting by the protagonists.

    2.stylish flick of 2015.

    3.Sarcastic comedy did wonders !!

    4.background music is awesome.

    5.editing , direction , dialogue top notch !

    cons-

    1. NOTHING !! just watch this movie you won’t regret .

  • (janmanuel2)February 13, 2016Reply

    Shallow

    The sets, scenery and wardrobes are beautiful. The movie was a
    disappointment. It was so stylized that it quickly became boring. To
    me, there was no real excitement to the action sequences. Everything
    was shallow including the villains, the heroes and the plot. It was
    like watching a bunch of well-dressed mannequins try to make an action
    film. What they did to Illya’s character is sinful. He is now a psycho
    with a terrible anger disorder, but he still manages to be a
    mind-numbing bore. Henry Cavill is so bland – not suave, not clever and
    amusing. I don’t know what this movie wanted to be. The comedic lines
    weren’t that funny, the actors had very little good dialogue to work
    with, there was no suspense, no plot twists, no real evil bad guy to be
    frightened of. I didn’t even feel the atmosphere of the Cold War as I
    watched. It could have been any time, any place. Generic is a good word
    for this movie. There was not much action, either. I’ll pass on the
    next Man from Uncle if there is one.

  • lavatchFebruary 13, 2016Reply

    Predictable and Unimaginative

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  • Reno RanganFebruary 14, 2016Reply

    A very pleasing action-comedy with the balanced sensitive contents.

    Another brilliant action-comedy from Guy Ritchie. I never saw the 60s
    television series of the same name, but this was very convenient for
    his style of portraying the tough men showing off their strength. The
    actors were simply wonderful, two year commitment by the two lead guys
    for this project definitely payed off well and Alicia Vikander filled
    the feminine void perfectly. I think it was one of the best trio in the
    movies I ever seen, very powerful and I hope it lasts for a trilogy.

    The story sets in the 60s during the cold war tension between the
    world’s two superpowers. But the film’s specialty was, it does not
    render clash between them, instead they come together to fight the
    rogue forces who plan blitz against them. Very humorous, highly
    entertaining with a swift pace and amazing action sequences.

    I don’t think the narration had any unique twist and turn, instead I
    call it a smartly written screenplay. So the overall movie was so good,
    but not a top-notch. My disappointment came from the technical side in
    some of parts, especially the bike and car chase in the last quarter
    that you can clearly tell a fake (greenscreen/bluescreen shot). Other
    than the main plot and its clever scenes, the movie did not offer
    distinctive features. Just taking away a ½ point is what places it on a
    line between good and average, but I definitely consider it a good.

    6½/10

  • santiagocosmeFebruary 20, 2016Reply

    A new Guy Ritchie.

    Many directors try to copy themselves indefinitely and cannot come out
    with something fresh and new. I think Guy Ritchie tried just that but
    in my opinion, the result is not the most entertaining movie.

    Although, I praise the fact that this was a Guy Ritchie I did not know,
    and that aesthetically the movie is gorgeous and shot with the utmost
    care, the fact is that I felt irremediably bored from the word go and
    completely unattached to any of the gimmicky characters and bad actors
    this movie was made with.

    You know what movie you are likely to re-watch at some stage. The man
    from UNCLE will not be one of them. Still I am a Guy Ritchie fan and
    will remain for a long time.

  • Pradeep ChoudharyFebruary 23, 2016Reply

    Yet another almost perfect flick from Guy Ritchie

    Guy Ritchie pulled this off with his artistic brilliance. The cast did
    a wonderful job being funny and witty at the same time, Armie Hammer in
    particular with his Russian accent. The background score was delight
    for ears being retro and complementing the plot. The action sequences
    were conceptual and exciting. I found the plot rather fictionalize for
    the sake of making it more interesting but then it was necessary
    otherwise the movie would be slow and dull. The dialogs are canny and
    jovial (particularly ”Take it like a pussy, That’s not the Russian
    way). One thing that I found disappointing was the ending one reason
    being it was predictable and way too diplomatic for the agents who
    espouse secret agencies of two competing nation, who should be
    overwhelmed with the feelings of patriotism for their country.Overall
    it was fun to watch and I enjoyed it very well.

  • utg001February 27, 2016Reply

    Absolutely stunning

    This is the kind of movie that would make you want to watch it again
    and again just to revisit some of the amazing scenes and the way the
    story is told. A comedy with twists and actually a very good story.
    What I enjoyed the most about this movie is the way scenes are used to
    sometimes give unnecessary long shots to unimportant parts and swiftly
    showing you what action is taking place in various parts. Its not bad,
    the way they are stitched together keeps your mood light the entire
    time and you get an occasional laugh at some silly situations. Acting
    is great, I don’t make a fuss about acting unless it is exceptionally
    bad, here the actors portray the character’s personality quiet well
    considering the challenges involved regarding one of the lead roles I
    must say I shall be waiting to see if it has some sequel.

  • Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiFebruary 29, 2016Reply

    ”When you hear something that sounds like a gunshot, drive.”

    Never watched the show, so can’t compare the two, or whether or not
    this is a faithful adaptation of it or not, but I loved this film. It
    perfectly rides the fine line between straight 1960s spy movie
    throwback, and satire of one.

    Villain is pure 1960s vamp/ femme fatale, Henry Cavill and Armie
    Hammer’s chemistry alone makes this worth watching. Hammer’s twitch as
    his anger reaches boiling point is a great bit of detail. Cavill really
    reminded me of Roger Moore’s Bond, specifically from The Spy Who Loved
    Me. He has a suave, ”Trust me, I know what I’m doing” attitude
    throughout.

    Several scenes creatively have the action taking place in the
    background, while the focus is on the foreground. A perfect example,
    and maybe my favourite scene in the film, is Cavill sitting in a truck,
    basically picnicking, with a large sandwich and bottle of Chianti,
    while boat chase is playing out in front of him, reflected on the
    windscreen.

    The film is rated PG13, but it doesn’t look watered down to get that
    rating, … Henchman’s electrocution torture scene was both graphic and
    simultaneously funny- another case of the action playing out in the
    background, while Cavill and Hammer debate the fate while in the next
    room.

    The plot is a bit of a mess, especially toward the end, but a great
    cast, sharp dialogue, and great attention to detail, and good action
    makes this a winner

  • SnoopyStyleMarch 8, 2016Reply

    light and ultra-cool

    It’s 1963. German nuclear scientist Dr. Udo Teller had been working for
    the Americans when he disappeared. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry
    Cavill) crosses over to East Germany and brings back Teller’s daughter
    Gaby (Alicia Vikander) escaping from KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie
    Hammer). The two agents are ordered to join forces to find Udo who
    could be developing a bomb beyond the control of either side. The
    Vinciguerras siblings and Teller’s brother Uncle Rudi are suspected.
    Gaby and Kuryakin pretend to be engaged. They encounter Alexander
    Waverly (Hugh Grant) who turns out to be a British agent.

    Guy Ritchie infused this with a light tone and a very cool style.
    However, it isn’t exciting enough and the two guys are too similar.
    Cavill and Hammer are both pretty and do stoic acting. They are not
    exactly the same but they are not different enough. They don’t have
    enough combative chemistry. Vikander is most engaging of the trio. The
    story is paper thin for an espionage movie. Compared to others of its
    genre, this is a simple A to B movie. There is one twist that isn’t
    terribly twisty. Ritchie seems much more interested with the style than
    the material. That also goes for the action. In one of the big action
    scenes, Cavill literally takes a picnic break while Hammer is in a
    shootout at a corner of the screen. It’s trying to be cool when I need
    it to be exciting. This is too cool for its own good and I also need
    better energy from the trio.

  • gardenofhuffMarch 11, 2016Reply

    Great movie. Fun, old school vibe.

    I had no expectations for this movie going in. My college aged son told
    me it was fun, and he was right. This movie is fun! It reminded me a
    bit of the old Bond movies with Sean Connery. The costumes were spot on
    for the 60s. The make up and hair really brought me back. It was like
    paging through a fashion magazine from the 60s. The sets were great.
    It’s an action packed romp with just enough romantic tension to make
    gals happy too. There was nothing to ‘pull me out’ of the movie and
    make me have to suspend disbelief. This is not an action movie with no
    story. The character development was well done. I really enjoyed it and
    I hope they make a sequel.

  • huangfeihong777March 18, 2016Reply

    Better Than Bond

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  • psagrayMarch 23, 2016Reply

    Essential film for fans of Guy Ritchie

    It is indeed a remarkable film of action, intrigue, a tape of
    ”colleagues”. The director of ”Snatch” and two instalments of Sherlock
    Holmes, among other films, Guy Ritchie have been immersed in the
    direction of this adaptation for the screen of a series of the sixties.

    This time gives his particular vision of the ”Cold War” and the series
    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” delivering an elegant and well-executed but
    with a dose of bad milk, hooliganism and humor film.

    The film respects the original title of ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
    series, in Spain was ”C.I.P.O.L. agent”. Ritchie has managed to move
    forward with this film, with three attractive faces like Henry Cavill,
    Armie Hammer and the girl in this triangle at work is called Alicia
    Vikander. I liked it a lot. It makes you have a good time, and you get
    fully into this story from the first minute, from the grand opening
    credits. Hooks you and makes you stay attentive during the nearly two
    hours.

    The soundtrack is another of the strengths of the film, a very good
    soundtrack that makes you jump right into the film.

  • Chappy WatchedMarch 26, 2016Reply

    Chappy Watched: Man From U.N.C.L.E

    I hold absolutely no value in Armie Hammer’s acting ability; everything
    I’ve seen of him has been overrated and nothing new or special to write
    home about.

    Until this movie!

    Don’t get me wrong; I still don’t hold any value in his ability but
    this film made it a tiny bit better.

    Aside from not being a fan of Hammer, I didn’t really have any interest
    in seeing this movie and while I knew it was a TV show, that was about
    all I knew about it.

    THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING! Definitely in my Top 5 of 2015!

    I don’t know if it was my low expectations but it had a pretty awesome
    cast, it was entertaining, full of action, drama and comedy. It was
    classic looking, sleek, gritty and smooth.

    I loved that the villain was a strong, smart woman who wasn’t scantily
    dressed and another thing was an awesome split screen action montage.

    This was a movie that I could have turned around and gone back in and
    watched it again.

    Most certainly worth a watch, I will be watching it again and even
    buying it on Bluray as soon as possible.

  • CANpatbuck3664March 28, 2016Reply

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Is A Beautiful Throwback Of A Spy Movie

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  • simondclinch-1March 30, 2016Reply

    Good acting, plot, direction, but awful score

    The plot is deliciously twisty. The decision to reinvent the characters
    almost from scratch was a good one. The sex is a bit too concealed as
    if directed by a an ex-nun. So it kind of feels overly censored.

    The most distracting is the amateur-level score that fails to generate
    the right atmosphere and just functions as an annoying loud and
    irrelevant noise. It’s almost as if someone just cut and pasted it from
    some flop film from another genre. Frankly they did a far better job in
    the 1960s although even that would not exactly earn awards.

    If someone can let me have a version without the score I’ll do it for
    free! My inclination would be to give it a jazz feel like they used to
    in the 60s and early 70s. For me a lot can be learned when doing retro
    remakes from the brilliant Tinker Tailor score of 2011.

  • Joseph TurnerApril 1, 2016Reply

    Spies, sex, suits, music and a collection of the greatest sports cars in history.

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  • Donna RavillApril 2, 2016Reply

    Hipnotic

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  • SquigglyCrunchApril 6, 2016Reply

    Fun and Original

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is based off the TV series of the same name
    which came out in 1964 if my information is correct. It’s a spy story,
    which I think is enough explanation as to what it’s about.

    The plot is just like almost any other spy movie. Although I can’t
    really complain, an original spy movie is kind of difficult considering
    how done-to-death they are at this point and how limited the genre can
    be. However I think that this movie pulled it off pretty well. It
    wasn’t horribly original, but it wasn’t really cliché either. It had
    enough different ideas to keep it feeling fresh and new, but, of
    course, the overall plot isn’t horribly original. The presentation for
    the most part is good though. It’s great fun, and pretty self-aware of
    how goofy it is sometimes, which I really appreciated.

    The characters are good. Not particularly great, but the actors were
    all very competent and they certainly sold themselves as their
    characters quite well.

    Overall The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is great fun, but it’s not fantastic.
    There’s a lot to like about this movie, from the ideas to the humor,
    it’s fun and at times a little over-the-top, but that just adds to the
    fun. In the end I’d certainly recommend this movie to anyone who likes
    good humor and good action.

  • Dillon HarrisApril 10, 2016Reply

    Its Amazing Visuals Fail to Hide a Poor Plot,

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a mediocre movie with a poorly developed
    storyline, despite a top notch cast. The performances are without a
    doubt the highlight, Henry Cavill delivers one of his most professional
    portrayals to date, his accent and overall characterisation is perfect,
    he is joined by Armie Hammer, who also clearly put a lot of work in to
    his role, and Alica Vikander, who does her very best with a boring,
    underdeveloped character. The plot wears thin very fast, Guy Ritchie
    certainly offers impressive visuals and set pieces, but it simply is
    not enough to hide how predictable and straight forward this movie is,
    it lacks excitement, there is not a huge sense of adventure, and
    predictability occurs throughout. The villains are all poorly written,
    I never found myself worried for the heroes, as they always had the
    upper hand, the bad guys have the poorest dialogue and never make their
    motives clear, they are not one bit intimidating or even intriguing.
    While it has some fun moments, the plot is uneven and the characters
    are lacking scope, you would be better off avoiding The Man from
    U.N.C.L.E.

    An American and Russian agent team up in order to uncover a secret
    organisation.

    Best Performance: Henry Cavill

  • charlieliddleApril 13, 2016Reply

    A fresh, unique action thriller with kinetic direction

    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a great action thriller. Guy Ritchie gives
    his usual unique and kinetic direction similar to the tone in both of
    his Sherlock Holmes films. The look and style of the film is the main
    reason why I really like it. It is a fun, fresh way to watch the usual
    action movie. The acting in the movie isn’t especially impressive, and
    Henry Cavill’s American accent is really fake. There are also multiple
    action sequences that aren’t very memorable. There are certain
    sequences in the film, though, that are much more creative and
    memorable. The soundtrack is also great. The film takes place in the
    60s so most of the songs are foreign 60s pop music. There are some
    flaws in the film, but overall this is a great movie that is really fun
    to watch.

  • Chris OberApril 21, 2016Reply

    Old school spy film brought to modern day

    U.N.C.L.E. impressed me with its ode to the classic spy works of
    entertainment. It did not over do it with action like some present day
    spy movies try to do. It was filled with witty jokes, classic espionage
    spy operations, and old school plot lines and plot twists. It was a
    respectable re-make and it was refreshing to see a film that reminded
    me of the old school Bond films that did not over do it with comedy or
    action. Armie’s Russian accent is comical and the constant back and
    forth contests between the two leaves the audience wanting more as
    their chemistry is clearly evident. Enjoyable, refreshing, and relaxed,
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a ride for movie lovers that want a film
    different than the present day style of action/comedy movies we have
    been constantly fed lately.

  • hanneliehApril 23, 2016Reply

    Thoroughly entertaining

    I think this is a fantastic movie! There is fun, action and wit. The
    characters are lovable and yet edgy and cool.

    This is intended for a more sophisticated audience that have seen
    several hundred films before and would like to see something more
    original. There is no shock and horror that tries to hide bad script
    writing.

    The acting is magnificent. I didn’t feel like I was watching a film,
    but rather participating in their fun.

    There is no crassness or vulgarity.

    A must see in my book.

  • brando647April 26, 2016Reply

    Underrated; One of the Coolest Spy Films of 2015

    I was born about twenty years too late for the original television show
    and knew absolutely nothing about it until Guy Ritchie directed an
    adaptation. Seriously, I grew up assuming for no particular reason that
    the show was science fiction and the titular character was an alien, as
    if UNCLE was a planet. I’m older and slightly less stupid now, and
    Ritchie has set me straight on the subject. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is
    an origin tale, detailing the first mission to team Napoleon Solo and
    Ilya Kuryakin. As the movie opens, Solo (Henry Cavill) is on a mission
    for the CIA to extract an important asset from East Berlin while
    Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) has been assigned by the KGB to prevent it. We
    come to find out the CIA and KGB have a shared interest in this asset,
    Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), because her father is a nuclear
    scientist who has gone missing and both agencies believe she might be
    the sole person who can get in contact with him. It’s feared that her
    father has fallen into the hands of a rogue Nazi cell operating in
    Europe with plans to create atomic weapons. Seeing as how the world is
    in the midst of the Cold War at this point, the timing really couldn’t
    be worse. The United States and the Soviet Union reach an understanding
    and assign their two best men, Solo and Kuryakin, to travel with Gaby
    to Italy and use the connection to her infamous uncle to discover the
    location of her father and prevent the release of atomic tech into the
    wrong hands.

    I may not have known the show but I’m a sucker for a spy film,
    especially one set in the Cold War when the espionage game was at its
    finest. Combine that with a talented filmmaker with his own definitive
    style and I’m on board. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is an incredibly
    stylish film, relishing in its period setting and harking back to the
    cool vibes of early Sean Connery era 007 films. The character of Solo
    is very much in the vein of Connery’s James Bond; he’s suave, handsome,
    a hit with the ladies, and unfazed by danger. Teaming him with Kuryakin
    is akin to teaming 007 with Red Grant for a common good. This movie is
    in no rush to get where it’s going and I could see some complaining on
    how slow it feels. It’s very chill, and it’s during these ”slow”
    moments when a lot of the best character moments occur. And there are
    plenty of them. No worries, the movie’s got its share of action; there
    are three or so actual action sequences and each of them is pretty
    awesome (particularly the opening escape from East Berlin). And filling
    out the meat of the movie are those character moments. THE MAN FROM
    U.N.C.L.E. is another odd-couple sort of film, humorously playing on
    the uncomfortable nature of teaming an American with a Russian during
    the tensest point in history. Then we have poor Gaby stuck in the
    middle, dragged into it through her family connections and hoping to
    survive if the two assigned to protect her can stop bickering long
    enough to see the mission out.

    It’s infinitely entertaining thanks to our three leads and how well
    they play off each other. I’m a fan of Armie Hammer, having been one of
    the few who appear to have enjoyed THE LONE RANGER. He’s a talented
    guy, with his role as Kuryakin giving him a chance to handle some
    subtle comedy while still filling the role of the brute strength and
    rage. Cavill is way more entertaining here than he was as Zack Snyder’s
    Superman. Honestly, I would rather he put his time into creating a
    trilogy of U.N.C.L.E. films with Ritchie than do another Superman film.
    He’s allowed to have fun here and he’s got the super-cool 60’s secret
    agent vibe nailed. He may or may not ever get the chance to actually
    play 007 on film, but he’s definitely shown he’s capable (and then he
    wouldn’t have to hide his accent). Rounding out our trio of heroes is
    Alicia Vikander as Gaby. Vikander blew me away in EX MACHINA and, as is
    the case with Cavill, now we get to see her let loose and have a little
    fun in her role. She brings some extra levity to this film and avoids
    falling into a rut as any sort of ”damsel-in-distress”. Gaby’s got some
    hidden talents of her own. She spends most of her screen time with
    Hammer, as Kuryakin has been assigned to go undercover as her fiancé
    and oversee her attempt to contact her father, and the two of them have
    fantastic chemistry. Sprinkle in some Hugh Grant in a supporting role
    and a decent villainess in the form of Elizabeth Debicki and you’ve got
    a pretty sweet cast for your 60’s spy caper.

    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. might not be the best spy film to be released
    in the onslaught of them in 2015 but I think it was severely underrated
    as a contender. I really enjoyed it and I’m finding that I like it a
    little bit more with every viewing. Cavill and Hammer are a fantastic
    team and this might be the closest Guy Ritchie will get to helming his
    own 007 film. I only hope I’m not alone in keeping my fingers crossed
    for future missions for the team, newly designated U.N.C.L.E.

  • human UnitApril 29, 2016Reply

    a really great movie to watch

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  • SagerMay 1, 2016Reply

    Watch it and you won’t lose!

    If you want a light movie which has humour, action, a little bit of
    love story and is unique then that’s my proposal.

    Everything in moderation! New actors, fresh faces and not the same ones
    I have been tired watching since they could guarantee success. For that
    reason Hugh Grant wasn’t necessary at all. You can make success without
    being extravagant, without any effects, as long as you are a good
    director. The plot was fast and kept the audience’s interest. Moreover,
    the action took place in various places making you feel that you are
    traveling too!

    When the movie finished, I wanted more! Wonder if there will be a
    sequel!

    For a pleasant night, watch the UNCLE!

  • Akshay Kumar (akshay-ak-kumar)May 7, 2016Reply

    A fun Filled Spy Movie !!

    The Man from Uncle is a different genre of spy movies. I always believe
    spy movies are either serious type or the non serious like Bond films.
    Last year, Kingsman was a spy film which balanced both the genres with
    ease.

    In the hand of Guy Ritchie, we get a spy movie which has suspense and
    drama but is also witty and humorous.

    There is not much of a story here and it reminds you of The Spy who
    loved me where UK and USSR join hands and fight for a same cause. Here
    US and USSR join hands to stop an evil villain and that too a lady.

    The movie is witty thanks to the two opposite heroes – the cool smooth
    talking Henry Cavill and the cold serious Arnie Hammer. And add to
    this, the delicious Alicia Vikander who plays a simple but sexy car
    mechanic.

    Franky, neither Cavill and Hammer pull off their US and Russian accents
    with ease. They are bad at times especially Cavill who sounds more
    British than US.

    But who cares. And Guy is so smart that he tells the story so fast that
    we don’t have time to ponder.

    So watch this movie on the weekend and relax.

  • stjohndanielleMay 11, 2016Reply

    I loved it and want a sequel

    I like Henry Cavill I saw him in Tudor and fell in love. OK Lust.
    Please make Henry Cavill the next James Bond. This movie captured a
    perfect bond for Henry the actor to become. Great cast I enjoyed every
    character of this movie and never bored once. I watched this movie
    twice and enjoyed it. Great acting and I am pleased how the moving kept
    my attention and intrigued me too. If you like James Bond you will love
    this movie. Never a boring moment. I am so happy I watched it. I have
    to think Henry Cavill for that when I saw his name I was all eyes
    watching and to my surprise everyone in this movie did a great job.
    It’s true it takes a great team to come together and make a great film.
    Love it!

  • Charlie PicartMay 14, 2016Reply

    Good Retro Spy Movie

    2015 was a good year for spy movies. It had been a while since
    Hollywood gave us so much variety in a genre that was limited to Bourne
    & Bond for a decade or so. The year started with the excellent KingsMan
    and its superhero-ey over the top tone. We had a solid Mission
    Impossible, a solid 007 and then Man from U.N.C.L.E – a surprising
    choice – to finish the year. Not the strongest license (who really knew
    this TV series in 2015?) ad not the strongest cast (ah! right, it’s the
    Superman guy) so this was built on the strength of Guy Richie’s name…
    and unfortunately he has had a few misses in the recent past. But, it
    was fun. Yeah, probably the most tongue in cheek entry of the lot, with
    some successful retro scenes, comic book panel montages and retro tech
    that Bond doesn’t really do anymore. Some funky characters, fairly
    strong acting that doesn’t take itself seriously, it was fun. One could
    criticize the convoluted third act but, at the end of the day, it
    doesn’t hurt the enjoyment so no need to address it in this otherwise
    positive review!

  • DICrabbeMay 20, 2016Reply

    Really Expected Better…from everyone concerned

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  • aj989May 31, 2016Reply

    Style over story

    Stylistically this film is top-notch. The music, cinematography
    production design, costumes and opening credits are all superb. The
    mood – that of a laid back yet still elegant ’60s – is also well
    captured. But was the story sacrificed in the process? The narrative –
    involving a missing scientist and a nuclear weapon possibly falling
    into the hands of some Nazi sympathizers – is so half-baked and
    altogether dull one might think that the story was always considered
    secondary. The film also opens flatly with some boring dialogue in an
    East Berlin auto shop and, in general, the film takes a while to get
    going and lacks a memorable action sequence – never a good sign in an
    action flick.

    The casting is not all that successful either. Armie Hammer does his
    best with a thinly drawn caricature of a character. He utilizes a
    Russian accent so thick it appears to have been intended to be comedic.
    Henry Cavill fares even worse. His dialogue, for instance, often
    appears as if it was dubbed or looped in at a later date. Instead of
    appearing as suave, cool and debonair, he comes off as robotic. And his
    character’s attempts to come off as witty always feel forced. The
    performance was like a bad James Bond audition. He does look good in a
    suit however. The Man From U.N.C.L.E is thus like its leading man –
    beautiful to look at on its surface, but underneath not much to write
    home about.

  • nicholls_lesMay 31, 2016Reply

    OK but the series was much better

    Not a bad film but in my opinion spoiled by the way Guy Richie usually
    spoils films. He made a pigs ear of the Sherlock Holmes movies and
    turned them into the usual ‘too many car chases and not enough
    character’ type of films. Henry Cavill is OK as Napolean Solo, although
    George Clooney would have been perfect. What he does lack is any belief
    that he could have carried out anything like this. There is a fine line
    between making it light humoured and going to far so that you can’t
    believe him as a Spy, a line crossed a few times by Roger Moore’s James
    Bond. I have herd that Henry Cavill is being touted as the next James
    Bond and I could see him carry this off without the awful directing of
    Guy Richie. Armie Hammer is a poor choice as Illya Kuryakin, he is too
    much like a blonde version of Henry Cavell. David McCallum got it spot
    on in the series. I never understand why they deviate from good TV
    series when they make modern movies about them. This has been done
    before, such as The Lone Ranger and it is really annoying. The only
    exception being the earlier Batman films which were better than the TV
    series. So this film is a watchable light action movie, but it isn’t
    anything like the man From Uncle.

  • rogerdarlingtonJune 2, 2016Reply

    For me, simultaneously too dark and too light

    I’m old enough to remember viewing the four-season television series
    (1964-1968) and even to have seen a couple of the eight spin-off movies
    (again 1964-1968) and, after all this time, I never expected the
    concept – which seemed so much of its time – to be revived.

    But, with the Bond movies back to top form with ”Skyfall” and
    ”Spectre”, it seems that we are ready for more spying capers. British
    director and co-writer Guy Ritchie has borough his trade-mark
    flashiness (we even have various split-screens) to produce a lively, if
    rather silly, piece of entertainment with more humour than tension.

    What makes this film different from the television series is that it
    tells the origin story of the United Network Command for Law and
    Enforcement and gives us a third (female) agent, so we have a Briton
    (Henry Cavill) playing an American (Napoleon Solo), an American (Armie
    Hammer) playing a Russian (Illya Kuryakin), and a Swede (Alicia
    Vikander) playing a German (Gaby Teller).

    I confess that to my eyes visually the film was too often too dark
    while tonally it was too often too light. But it might yet spawn a new
    cinematic franchise.

  • AdmrlLockeJune 4, 2016Reply

    Surprisingly Good

    I watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie in bits and pieces over the
    last few days, and was surprised at how good it was. Henry Cavill was
    even more wooden than in Man of Steel, but as Napoleon Solo the
    woodenness came across well as Solo being cool as a cucumber. Armie
    Hammer was so good as the Russian with anger issues that I forgot he
    once also played a too-campy Lone Ranger. Much to my surprise, Hugh
    Grant really managed to pull of the whole Chief Waverly vibe I recall
    from the original 1960s TV series. The film has earned $190 million in
    world-wide revenues on a budget of only $75, so I’d hope that the
    studio would make a sequel, although a quick web search didn’t turn up
    any evidence of plans for a sequel. Even working 65 hours a week I
    found the 116 minutes of diversion well worth the time. 🙂

  • grantssJune 23, 2016Reply

    Entertaining

    1963, the height of the Cold War. In an unlikely alliance, a CIA agent,
    Napoleon Solo (played by Henry Cavill) and KGB agent, Illya Kuryakin
    (Armie Hammer), band together to save the world from nuclear disaster.
    A top nuclear scientist, formerly employed by the US, has gone missing.
    It is suspected his brother has kidnapped him to work on a nuclear
    bomb. Solo and Kuryakin accompany the scientist’s daughter, Gaby
    (Alicia Vikander), to Rome, as this is where her uncle is based. The
    idea is to covertly investigate his company and, hopefully, find the
    scientist and the bomb. Things aren’t all plain sailing though. This is
    heightened by the fact that Solo and Kuryakin aren’t sure they can
    trust each other and, to some extent, still regard each other as
    enemies.

    An entertaining action-espionage caper. Decent plot, though a tad basic
    and formulaic. Some great, humorous banter, and that’s what elevates
    the movie above the average spy or action movie.

    Solid performances from Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the lead
    roles. The stand out performance, however, is from Alicia Vikander who
    is delightful as Gaby.

    The cast also includes Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Debicki, and neither of
    them disappoint.

  • pmmslatzJuly 2, 2016Reply

    Outstandlingly Enjoyable

    I would agree with every positive comment I have read so far only to
    add this is possible Ritchie’s best to date and would suggest, as it is
    beautifully crafted it could said to fall into that rare category of
    Movie/Film. Excellently subtle and deliberate with lovely touches of
    nuances etc.- you can see how Ritchie has learned from the great
    European film makers and applied his skills accordingly. the attention
    to detail is superb i.e.the fashion and the music – very cool, love
    many of the sound tracks alone. An absolute cracker to watch leaving
    the viewer with an appetite for a sequel(s) not unlike Matt Damons
    ‘Bourne’ series

  • JLRMovieReviewsJuly 6, 2016Reply

    Metrosexuals Rule! Say U.N.C.L.E.!

    Henry Cavill is a high-class and high-tech criminal whose talents in
    deception could not be wasted, so of course the U.S. intelligence hires
    him for international purposes. Enter an enemy Russian agent, played by
    Armie Hammer. In the beginning, they are on opposite sides, but soon
    they learn that, with a common goal, their countries have paired them
    together on a mission – find a scientist who is missing and central to
    certain parties constructing a bomb. The key – befriend his daughter
    and get close to the – well, find him. While the plot and ongoing flow
    of the film seems to meander, this film oozes with style. I said,
    style! Finesse! The metrosexuality of the actors permeates throughout
    the film and there are innuendos aplenty, just between them alone. This
    film cliques, flashes and sizzles before your very eyes. The moments
    between Henry and Armie sparkle as they work well together, and, the
    soundtrack is awesome. I had to buy it, and I listen to it all the time
    now. I’ve never seen the original TV series, so I have no comparison
    complaints. For a lively and enjoyable time with international
    intrigue, you can’t go wrong with this team. I’m already getting
    impatient for the sequel. Come on already, Cavill and Hammer! Save the
    day!

  • Bill SimsJuly 15, 2016Reply

    Five-Word Review: Visually Dazzling; Breezy Lightweight Fun

    Henry Cavill, doing his best George Clooney impression, teams up with
    Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in this carefree and breezy romp which
    is an homage to the 60s – and it shows. There is not much in terms of
    depth here, but it is a fun journey, expertly crafted by Guy Ritchie,
    director of 2009’s Sherlock Holmes with his trademark visual flair and
    panache. There is some cool action and plenty of humour, even if some
    of it borders on being too silly and we get into the realms of over-
    acting, but for the most part it works well. Ultimately, there is not
    much to say about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – it is good summer fun (at
    the time of release) and was a little swallowed by the other big spy
    films of 2015 like Spectre and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, not
    to mention the similar and superior comedy Spy with Melissa McCarthy.
    Still, it’s worth a watch and you’ll have fun with the well-gelling
    cast, even if the film doesn’t stay long in the memory.

  • BellockJuly 18, 2016Reply

    The Show Grows On One

    Upon repeated viewing, I came to appreciate the overall lighthearted
    dialogue and the chemistry between the three lead characters. Henry
    Cavill has an innate gift for comedic roles. He owns Napolean Solo.
    Armie Hammer equally owns Illya. And Alice Vikander was the most
    pleasant surprise of all!

    The period sets and all the clothing help to teleport the viewer back
    to the 1960s. The sound track was excellent especially the jazz pieces
    with a flute lead. (Herbie Mann)

    I hope they make another one. Keep the cast and the music. The hard
    part will be coming up with another compelling story.

  • antonia louisaJuly 25, 2016Reply

    Quirky family spy comedy-action packed movie

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  • don-376July 31, 2016Reply

    What a stinker!

    Crikey this film is awful! Stilted dialogue, clichéd set pieces etc etc
    Never have I seen two more wooden leads in a blockbuster movie. Both
    Cavill and Hammer are obviously struggling with their accents so much
    that they have to speak slowly. You can actually see them concentrating
    on their words. I swear I saw smoke coming from Cavill’s ears one
    time.If they spoke at normal speed the film would be 30 minutes shorter
    (and better for it)

    PG13 would be a fair rating if the ratings were reversed, I.E. if no
    one over thirteen was supposed to watch it. 13 is in fact probably the
    ideal age to view this.

    The locations are beautiful and it is a visual treat, Alicia Vikander
    is good, but the plot is nonsense and, dear oh dear Henry and Armie are
    absolutely awful.

  • aimless-46August 19, 2016Reply

    Profoundly Bad

    Rebecca: This is so bad it’s almost good.

    Enid: This is so bad it’s gone past good and back to bad again.

    Felt far more like a dumbed-down version of ”Butch Cassidy and the
    Sundance Kid” (1969) than a remake of a 1960’s secret agent show.
    Ill-conceived and poorly executed attempt to cash in once again on the
    pre-sold audience for anything ”remotely” related to the U.N.C.L.E.
    franchise. Since the main appeal of the original 1960’s television show
    was its campy take on the 60’s secret agent craze, a direction that the
    James Bond films would not take for another ten years, viewers would
    expect a homage with more of the same. This would mean cheapo
    production design, unrealistic action sequences, and Napoleon Solo in
    lip lock with six different beautiful young actresses every thirty
    minutes. Unfortunately nobody associated with this production had much
    of a grasp on subtle or even unsubtle comedy and the thing is turned
    into an typical exercise in special effects excess and hyper-editing.
    Pretty much the opposite of everything that gave the original series
    its charm.

    The target for this box office disaster was ladies and pre-teen girls
    getting off on Superman/Clark Kent actor Henry Cavill; whose minimalist
    acting style (or perhaps absence of acting talent) make him a worthy
    successor to expression challenged Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo. But
    this is a prequel and we learn that the first time Napoleon and Illya
    operated as a team was in pre – U.N.C.L.E. days. Robert Redford reboot
    Armie Hammer painfully plays the blonde Russian. For obvious reasons
    Hammer has generally been the kiss of death for all movies in which he
    has appeared over the past ten years. A ”Springtime for Hitler” sort of
    thing.

    In an effort to expand the target demographic the producers seem to
    have geared the promotional campaign around eye scorching Elizabeth
    Debicki who plays the bad girl. Those viewing the film for that reason
    will be somewhat disappointed. Although Debicki’s performance is fine
    her screen time is brief and almost entirely in wide master shots. And
    while the promotional campaign sets you up for a decisive catfight
    sequence with the other actress (someone named Alicia Vikander);
    nothing happens between them. Despite all this Debicki easily wins the
    memorable character battle and you forget that Vikander and her tedious
    character were even in the film.

    Then again, what do I know? I’m only a child.

  • andybevsAugust 22, 2016Reply

    honestly do not bother

    After all the endless massive hype and spin before it shown, I should
    of realized they why they were trying so very hard , obviously to
    recover its costs before the word got round how bad this was. This was
    an insult to any fans of original series/films . It was not even funny
    when bad , as original often was, no-one or anything was likable or
    memorable. The storyline was worse than any were in series , in the
    original there was so much to like ,cool guns, secret weapons ,stunts ,
    over the top enemy, etc. This was also an insult to these good actors
    who were meant to portray Napoleon Solo, not his camp twin brother. His
    partner has a silly metamorphis and become instead of a cool slim and
    silent but deadly spy, becomes his muscle bound personal trainer, with
    little skill or any memorable lines or scenes, there was no balance of
    characters, no feeling of perfect opposites, a perfect team, ultimately
    an expensive flop, verging on utter boring rubbish. which could never
    be said of man from uncle before, watch to see how not to do.

  • OneEightNine MediaSeptember 7, 2016Reply

    Really an 8.3 out of 10 but I’m going to round up

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  • gcrr801September 19, 2016Reply

    Happy Birthday to David McCallum 9/19/2016

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  • nasif055September 20, 2016Reply

    A Guy Ritchie Movie!

    Guy Ritchie’s latest one! Not so unpredictable but entertaining,
    humorous! Good directing! like the ”Guy Ritchie”s thing, i must say and
    I enjoyed it!

    As for the story, not so different and unpredictable, but, Ritchie made
    it clear that, u must enjoy the show! Cinematography was OK. making was
    good. funny, humorous.

    As for acting, everybody is OK, but, i think, Henry Cavill was acting
    too cool… but he fitted the character. Hope he’ll give better in
    future. Alicia Vikander & Armie Hammer were average. I’ve seen Alicia’s
    performance in ex machina, she’s good!

    that’s it, if you’re spy movie lover then, go for it.

  • Matthew KresalOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Style Over Substance

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  • tankaceOctober 4, 2016Reply

    Soviets and Americans in the Cold War.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is yet an other good spy movie of 2015. It
    seems that in this year was their up until Christmas came. So this spy
    movie is set in the sixties when a Nuclear War’s threat was in the air
    the best agents of the C.I.A and K.G.B. respectively Napoleon Solo and
    Illya Kuryakin are forced by their organizations to work together in
    order to stop a corporation which has found a way to make easier
    nuclear heads.

    And so with a common threat on sight the two Super Powers have to work
    together. Firstly all actors and actresses did a great job ,but Henry
    Cavill, as Solo , stole the show and I am now convinced he should
    become the new Bond and leave Superman behind. Another nice thing is
    that the producers and director put a lot of effort in order to make
    the setting as close to the era in question as possible as well as the
    references and style. So if you like the Sean Connery era Bond you will
    also like this one as well.

    What also like was the concept of this two spy agencies forced to
    working together, while they were on the throat of each other and
    watching them trying to put aside their differences is quite funny to
    be honest.

    Now as Spy flicks go it isn’t on the same level as the Borne Trilogy,
    Goldfinger ,Casino Royale, Skyfall and Kingsman. It is more like the
    Mission Impossible films and the Roger Moore Bond films.In short is
    good but not great, no problem for me, I still like it.

    Over all for spy movie lovers is highly recommended as well as to
    convince you that Cavill must were the suit of the new Bond, James
    Bond.

  • juliegurlie-60022October 11, 2016Reply

    Better than 007!

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  • jimbo-53-186511October 15, 2016Reply

    Top-notch performances and camaraderie but the story itself is somewhat lethargic

    CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB Operative Illya Kuryakin
    (Armie Hammer) along with Gaby (Alicia Vikander) join forces to bring
    down a criminal organisation who are using Gaby’s father’s technology
    in order to create nuclear warheads.

    Clearly Guy Ritchie has gone for his usual ‘tongue-in-cheek’ approach
    which does work to a certain extent (some of the characters are quite
    daft and Ritchie certainly does get the most out of his cast – Armie
    Hammer and Henry Cavill were excellent and made a great double-act).
    Alicia Vikander is effectively the ‘third wheel’ here, but she too
    manages to hold her own against the likes of Hammer and Cavill and
    bounces off the two of them wonderfully – she’s a great actress and it
    helps that she’s as hot as hell!! As I’ve mentioned in my summary the
    film is let down slightly by its rather sluggish pacing (I got the
    feeling that Ritchie was more in love with his characters than the plot
    and story). Whilst I never really felt bored watching this film, it
    also never really excited me and I never really got that edge of your
    seat feeling whilst watching it. It also didn’t really help that I
    never felt scared for any of the characters which meant that the film
    lacked any real tension.

    In order not to keep the story too simplistic Ritchie throws in twist
    after twist at the end (none of which will appear too surprising for
    those that have seen at least a handful of ‘spy/espionage’ films).

    Had the story been more exciting and tense then I would have enjoyed it
    a hell of a lot more. As it is good camaraderie and good performances
    do make this film bearable at the very least.

  • bcheng93October 16, 2016Reply

    it’ll be a crying shame if there’s no sequel

    …this movie deserves a sequel. surprised at how good it was. as the
    movie went along it got better. Henry and Armie were so incredibly
    likable in this movie. Alicia wasn’t bad either, and Hugh Grant was a
    joy too. …this movie has something for everybody to like, the acting
    was good and what i liked was the fact that they didn’t focus on the
    male female relationship to much. there was humor, action…then more
    humor and more action. everybody involved in the movie seemed to enjoy
    being in it and that will certainly infect the viewer. ….what really
    stood out to me was how much fun the main cast was having being in this
    movie and like i said…it’s infectious. a big thumbs up. …Guy
    Ritchie has made some delightful movies over the years and rightfully
    deserves a spot as one of the worlds best directors.

  • ZephreyNovember 8, 2016Reply

    Lack of action, but overall enjoyable

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  • Mr-FusionJanuary 3, 2017Reply

    Alright, now we’ve got ourselves a spy movie!

    I’ve never seen the original TV series (I feel obliged to offer some
    preface in these matters) but damn, there’s just something so
    refreshing about ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”. Not just as a genre movie,
    which sets itself apart from modern spy fare with a certain restraint
    towards its action scenes (even the torture is unconventional), but as
    a ’60s throwback. It creates a stylized Cold War setting, and it’s one
    I totally wouldn’t mind returning to; I love that Morricone/Schifrin
    score.

    The main cast (Cavill, Hammer and Vikander) shares a great chemistry
    and just seems to fit. This is another reason there should be a sequel.
    I mean, really, if there are two Sherlock Holmes movies, we deserve at
    least one more U.N.C.L.E.

    Some of Guy Ritchie’s movies I do love, and this is one of them.

    8/10

  • CarolinaJanuary 11, 2017Reply

    Overlooked and under-appreciated

    I have only recently seen this movie, and been wondering why I have not
    really come across it earlier – and it seems that it has just not been
    promoted and praised enough.

    It’s a shame, since this movie is highly entertaining, stylish and
    funny, sun-drenched and full of action, all with a wink in the eye. The
    60’s aesthetics and music are just irresistibly stylish and classy, and
    especially the forced collaboration between American spy and
    master-thief Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and his Russian antagonist
    and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer, donning a charming Russian
    accent) is both hilarious and heartwarming. In their midst is German
    girl Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), which causes much extra espionage
    chaos and some romantic sparks flying. It’s a true Guy Ritchie movie
    with all the music, lightness of foot and style that these usually
    provide. Also, there is some dark-humoured violence and sarcasm, which
    is what viewers have loved since Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels.

    My personal big minus is that Alicia Vikander’s German (she is
    Swedish), is so bad, that I as a native German had trouble
    understanding her – but since Brit Henry Cavill is playing an American,
    and American Armie Hammer mimes the Russian agent, that is to be
    excused. Playfulness with nationality seems to be a thing here.

    If you are looking for an entertaining, action-packed, cool and
    (plot-twists ahead) exciting movie, this one is it.

  • An EtrisJanuary 17, 2017Reply

    Disappointing But Entertaining

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  • KepartJanuary 22, 2017Reply

    Can’t always pick a winner, dad says

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  • stephenabellMarch 4, 2017Reply

    … Lovin’ your work, Cowboy…

    I must be having a Reboot Session, what with watching this title as
    well as the 2010 version of A Nightmare On Elm Street and the 2013 The
    Lone Ranger.

    This was another of my favourite television programs of my childhood
    with the suave spy Napoleon Solo (I mean what a great name – and a spy
    to boot) and Illya Kuryakin (try saying that when you’re only six –
    English was hard enough…)

    So I put off watching this film as I hated Guy Ritchie’s take on
    Sherlock Holmes… and I’m not a great Mark Strong fan. Well, I
    couldn’t believe my luck, a Guy Ritchie film minus Mark Strong…

    … and …

    A brilliant adaptation of the original series. Right from the
    beginning, I was hooked. Guy Ritchie does a brilliant job of recreating
    the sixties… the cars… the buildings… the clothes… the feel…
    It is awesome to behold. And the fact that, on the whole, the special
    effects are real, only using CGI to mask wires, cranes, etc, is superb
    and makes the movie more believable, sometimes CGI can distance an
    audience if not used correctly.

    The opening sequence, a car chase between a Trabant and a Wartburg is
    one of the best I’ve had the privilege to watch. Truthfully, all the
    action sequences are marvellous and great to watch.

    The directors of ”Man of Steel – Batman vs Superman” and ”The Lone
    Ranger” should take note that their leading men were exceedingly better
    in this movie than theirs. In fact, Henry Cavill gives a performance as
    Napoleon Solo, that would also have made a great Superman, not the
    womanising and arrogant parts of his character, but the surety of the
    character and his vocals. Armie Hammer is a brilliant Illya Kuryakin,
    who, in this movie, is more of a powerhouse and doggedly determined.
    This difference from the original’s character makes for a better
    dynamic between the two spies and a stronger film.

    I also liked the idea that this is the story of the creation of
    U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement), and that
    we get to see a little bit of Waverly’s background, again this makes
    for a stronger film, as well as stronger sequels.

    This movie is all about style, right from the beautiful opening credits
    to the closing credits, and the soundtrack is no different. It works so
    perfectly with the feel of the movie, adding to the action sequences,
    the romance, and even the comedy.

    The only reason this didn’t rate a 10 was the bloody annoying
    subtitle’s – Guy, you chose the wrong font.

    If you like stylised spy thrillers with great story telling, action
    sequences, and brilliant acting, that leave you feeling happy and
    invigorated then this is a ”buy me” film. Had I known it was so good I
    would’ve purchased at full price and not waited for the price drop.
    Everybody deserves their money for this endeavour.

  • wikke-16098March 10, 2017Reply

    Just brilliant!

    It’s already an old film, but still I watch it again and again. For me,
    Guy Richie’s performance is just amazing. The way he uses lights,
    camera panning, lens zooming and all this together with the music makes
    this film so enjoyable. My favorite scene is when Napoleon Solo is
    captured and tied onto the chair. Uncle Rudi starts to tell his story
    how he grew up and how he is going to use new Kodachrome film to
    capture this torture. Lights, lens zooming, music… just brilliant.

  • Yonilikka-22March 12, 2017Reply

    The Man From F.L.O.P.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • ReganRebeccaMarch 20, 2017Reply

    Don’t get the fuss

    To be fair, I never watched the original Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show,
    but this remake doesn’t really make a great case for it both in terms
    of quality or content.

    The film stars Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, a foppish American who
    must work with the plebian KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer),
    and the German Gabby Teller (Alicia Vikander) to find the location of
    Teller’s father who may be building a bomb for Nazi sympathizers.

    Directed by Guy Ritchie the entire film is a gorgeous genre exercise,
    but after awhile that’s all it begins to feel like: exercise. The
    problem is the three leads. I’m not a particular fan of any of them,
    but they all come across as so wooden and strangely free of chemistry,
    a big no-no for a movie that is obviously trying to make a case that
    all three of these gorgeous people have sexual tension with one another
    (they really, really don’t). Vikander and Hammer also feel so
    replaceable, like you could slap any other gorgeous white
    twenty-something into their roles and have a similar (or better!)
    effect. Only Henry Cavill really nails his character and he has some
    truly great scenes where I actually laughed. The rest of the time I
    could practically see each carefully scripted laugh, innuendo and
    moment of sexual tension but each time I felt empty.

    Another problem is the film is so obviously trying to set itself up as
    the first in an instalment. The movie crashed and burned on arrival at
    the box office so we’re done with the series, or at least the series
    with these three leads, but maybe the movie would have worked better if
    it weren’t so desperately trying to make iconic moments or set things
    up for future movies which we now know are never going to happen.

    I suppose this will be a fun enough watch for people who are fans of
    the three leads or Ritchie fans. For the rest of us its a fantastic
    blob of absolute nothing. A brightly coloured show with absolutely no
    heart.

  • hoffaleksanderMarch 23, 2017Reply

    Excellent – a cool and funny spy movie

    This is a movie that I have probably seen 15 times since I bought it on
    iTunes. I love it. It is one of those movies that you can over and over
    again. The humor is excellent and on point, showing the rivalry of the
    two spies that are forced to work together. Initially I was not sure
    why I bought it, it just looked very fun and interesting without any
    ”over the top” reviews. I don’t regret it one bit.. it was worth it! As
    a comedic spy movie, with smarts and fun, bringing together a not way
    too original story or surprises, it still manages to entertain in a way
    that I have not been entertained in years!

    I recommend everyone to see this if you haven’t. It requires some
    attention to jokes and details to fully understand everything and
    laugh, but it is also a movie you can sit down with and forget that
    there is a world outside.

  • Uriah43March 23, 2017Reply

    In Search of Nuclear Technology

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Ian CalderbankApril 9, 2017Reply

    Pure Entertainment

    I really don’t know why this film didn’t do a lot better. This is a
    film that has style and character in abundance. The plot is nothing
    clever but it does work (which can’t be said for a lot of stories in
    action films). Where this film really scores points is with the 3 main
    characters and how they interact with each other.

    When I was watching this I couldn’t help thinking that this is what is
    so lacking in modern James Bond films, which have become generic action
    flicks. Napoleon Solo does Bond better than Bond! a character with real
    style and both attractive and floored qualities. Indeed this is why all
    the characters work so well they all have strengths and weaknesses
    which makes them work as a team. We also have the rare inclusion of a
    female antagonist whose just plain bad without any excuse being given
    for her behaviour.

    In short this film is bags of entertainment and enjoyment and is a
    worthwhile way to spend an evening, and you can’t say much better than
    that.

  • Evan WheatleyApril 11, 2017Reply

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” brings back characteristics of old spy movies

    In the midst of the dark and gritty movies that have characterized the
    2000s, it’s nice to see Superman and the Lone Ranger team up for a
    1960s spy throwback.

    Napolean Solo (Henry Cavill) is a suave, carefree thief turned spy,
    tasked with extracting Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin
    for the CIA. During the escape, Solo and Teller evade KGB agent Illya
    Kuryakin and report back to Solo’s superiors, only to find out that the
    KGB and CIA have reluctantly teamed up. Solo and Kuryakin are forced to
    work together to stop a wealthy couple from using Teller’s father to
    build their own nuclear weapon.

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” brings nothing new to the table in terms of
    its structure. Two good guys with conflicting personalities are forced
    to work together to take down the bad guys. Add in some classic spy
    elements and a pinch of action, and you’ve got yourself a nice summer
    blockbuster.

    Guy Ritchie’s stylistic direction coupled with Cavill and Hammer’s on
    screen chemistry make up for the film’s lack of substance. Referring to
    each other as ‘cowboy,’ and ‘The Red Peril,’ the two leads humorously
    characterize the stereotypical depiction of 1960s American and Russian
    spies. Hammer’s subdued, hardened persona compliments the James
    Bond-like charm of Cavill. Vikander delivers a solid performance as
    well. There’s more to her character than meets the eye. Delicate yet
    strong-willed, she adds a nice dynamic to the trio.

    While the plot is one of the film’s weaker aspects, Ritchie executes
    the few twists and turns it takes well, even if some of them are
    predictable. He does this primarily through showing small parts of a
    scene, leading you to think that a situation plays out one way, when it
    actually played out much differently, revealed later when the entire
    scene is shown. Ritchie uses this technique a few times in the movie,
    and while this may become tiresome for some viewers, I thought it was
    interesting, and it kept me on my toes throughout the film’s runtime.

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E” hearkens back to the beats of older spy
    movies. The characters do not take themselves too seriously. Solo
    causes women to swoon left and right as he cracks jokes about
    Kuryakin’s Russian traits. Teller slowly breaks down Kuryakin’s hard
    demeanor, and he manages to crack a few jokes of his own. The opening
    action scene matches this tone and sets the stage for a perfect action
    throwback.

    As the story progresses however, there are moments where the film takes
    itself too seriously and the action is filmed differently to appeal to
    a modern audience. These infrequent tone shifts clash with the overall
    feel the movie is trying to convey, and this detracted from my
    enjoyment of the film.

    That being said, Ritchie does know how to create tension during the
    more serious moments, and transfers the emotions his characters are
    feeling to the viewer, primarily those of Kuryakin. In one particular
    scene, the feeling of betrayal is evident in the dimly lit close-ups of
    his face. The ominous ringing of church bells paired with silent shots
    of him tearing up a room out of rage is unsettling and conveys the
    anger of Kuryakin effectively to the audience.

    ”The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is not an Oscar contender. It is not the next
    cinematic masterpiece that you should rush out to see. The film serves
    its purpose as a sleek and fun action movie, and I had a blast watching
    it.

  • charafernandoApril 24, 2017Reply

    Underrated, extremely fun, and cool movie

    From the soundtrack, to the settings, costumes, characters, and action,
    the man from UNCLE is an exciting and classy action movie. It takes the
    bond formula and recreates it through Guy Richie’s unmistakable lens.

    I honestly think Napoleon Solo (one of the main characters, an American
    Spy) was a perfect role for Henry Cavill, who knocked it out of the
    park… an Archer-esque, suave, witty charmer/womanizer. The same can
    be said of Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander’s characters

    This is a witty, lighthearted, and funny movie and seriously
    underrated. It is definitely a go-to relax and enjoy movie for me

  • Matt GreeneMay 4, 2017Reply

    Ritchie’s Best Since Lock, Stock

    Is it possible I loved this so much purely because I didn’t expect to
    even like it? Yep. Do I care? Nope. Ritchie’s best since Lock, Stock…,
    it’s cooler than a suited cucumber with superspy skills. Funny,
    exciting and genuine breath of fresh air, & far better than the last
    Bond or Bourne movies, so why wasn’t it a huge hit?!

  • Michal KolanMay 13, 2017Reply

    I can’t stop watching it

    I have seen this movie probably 15 times already and I think it’s one
    of the best in recent years.

    Acting – 100%, story line – 95%, music – 100%, humor – 100%.

    This move has all the necessary elements combined together in a way it
    flows flawlessly from the beginning to the end.

    I can’t wait to see its sequel. Well done Guy Ritchie.

  • gillian-felixMay 14, 2017Reply

    Well worth the 1hr 56 minutes I spent in the theater

    This movie was well worth the 1hr 56 minutes I spent in the theater. I
    was completely entertained from the opening till the end. The
    characters were very likable, Armie and Henry had great chemistry, with
    each other and with the female lead played by Alicia Vikander.

    I loved the snappy exchange between both actors, each had classic lines
    which worked with their character’s personalities. The action kept me
    on my toes, the car chases were done with vintage cars which was nice
    to see.

    Obviously, the cars were from the ’60s to correspond with the movie’s
    time-line, as were the fashion worn by both ladies; funky earrings and
    eyelashes for days. Despite the time line in the movie, the women were
    portrayed in a very dominant role, at times upstaging the men, but not
    in a bad way.

    I loved the comedic element of the movie and so did the audience that
    sat in the nearly half empty theater. One of the lines that had us
    laughing was when Henry’s character described Armie’s character as
    barely human, he referred to him as ”it” saying things like you should
    have seen ”it run,” and ”it ripped off the trunk of a car.”

    While Henry delivered his comedic lines with swoon-worthy swagger,
    Armie did a very good Russian accent, with little quirks like a
    horrible but non-threatening temper.

    I loved everything thing about this movie, the way it was shot, the
    tone, the story line, everything. I hope they continue the franchise
    there is still so much about these guys and girl that I want to learn
    more about.

  • Asif Khan (asifahsankhan)May 19, 2017Reply

    Imagine: Superman working as an undercover spy for the US government at the height of the cold war. . .

    Superman Henry Cavill, the elegant Englishman stars as an American con
    man/thief-turned government spy at the height of the cold war in the
    early 60s. In the opening scenes, he’s assigned to a mission that will
    send him behind the iron curtain to rescue a German mechanic (Alicia
    Vikander). Along the way, he dukes it out with a Russian spy played by
    the exquisitely named Armie Hammer. Shortly after that, Cavill and
    Hammer are assigned to work together, escorting Vikander to Italy in
    the hopes of infiltrating the evil criminal empire led by the beautiful
    Elizabeth Debicki. She’s got a plot to sell a nuke (that was built by
    Vikander’s estranged father who was kidnapped for the dastardly cause)
    to ex-Nazis.

    To be honest, it doesn’t make much sense; it’s one of those blockbuster
    plots that is simultaneously too simplistic and too convoluted. Not
    that the story matters much, anyway. As always, Ritchie’s plots are
    really just a clothesline for him to hang images, sequences, and
    colourful characters on, and he’s got plenty of those kicking around
    this time.

    More than anything else, the movie drips with 60s cool. Everyone is
    decked out in delightful period costumes, from the men’s well- trimmed
    suits, to Vikander’s kooky mod outfits and shades. They all look great
    and they’ve been plopped into globetrotting locations fitted with retro
    cars, furnishings, and amusingly clunky spy technology.

    Toss in a soundtrack filled with delightful underplayed 60s pop and a
    score inspired by those very sounds, and you’ve got a feast for the
    senses. Even if you aren’t as fond of the era as Ritchie and his
    designers clearly are, there’s no denying that the movie looks gorgeous
    and distinctly old-time-y. Even the cinematography boasts a parade of
    vibrant colours mimicking the old film stock of the period. It’s a
    gorgeous little time capsule populated by equally gorgeous people.

    The 90s were filled with feature film adaptations of old 60s TV shows,
    most of which weren’t very good, and one of which is still around in
    Mission: Impossible. Throughout that decade and ever since, the old
    Robert Wagner series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been chatted up as
    potential blockbuster fodder. After years of failed attempts by such
    filmmakers as Steven Soderbergh, co-writer/director Guy Ritchie finally
    got the movie onto screens this summer.

    If you haven’t heard of the series or can barely remember it, don’t
    worry; aside from your grandparents, no one’s particularly fond of the
    show, and even they barely remember it. It was a merely light spy romp
    and really, that’s all that seems to have attracted Richie to the
    project, other than the 60s setting. Much like his former filmmaking
    partner Matthew Vaughn did in the downright excellent The Kingsman
    earlier that year, Richie’s goal was to bring back the tone of the old
    rollicking Bond movies in an age when all spy flicks are required to be
    gritty and sombre.

    Ritchie’s take on that old chestnut lacks that bat-s*it comic book
    insanity of Kingsman, but makes up for it by doubling-down on retro
    cool. It’s fairly not Locked, Stocked or has Two Smocking Barrels in it
    though, for a wisp of a movie, it is indeed an undeniably fun one if
    you enjoy all the retro references. The wispy charms of the movie will
    likely be lost on anyone who doesn’t know or appreciate the brand of
    old-time-y espionage escapism that Ritchie is referencing, which is a
    shame because that’ll cut the audience down to cultists. However, for
    those who do get a kick out of the goofball goof-off the director
    served up, there’s no denying that it’s Richie’s funniest and most
    entertaining movie since Snatch.

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