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

Comic books and old television shows seem to be where most film ideas are coming from and the latest movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is based on the television show by the same name that aired from 1964 to 1968. This film begins with two enemies: American CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Calvill) and Russian KGB agent Illeya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) in a chase scene that starts in East Germany and spills over into West Germany. (Remember this takes place in the 60’s.)

When the two spies return to their respective bases, their bosses tell them they have to work with a partner to find a nuclear bomb maker. It’s no big surprise the two enemies have to team up with each other and they recruit automobile mechanic Gaby (Alicia Vikander) to help find her father who was a nuclear weapon maker during World War II. Gaby’s father may or may not be making a bomb but Solo and Kuryaki’s goal is to locate a criminal organization in the market for a nuclear device that’s lead by the beautiful and evil Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki). There isn’t really much more to tell about this story except there are some twists, a second action scene at the end of the film, and the organization U.N.C.L.E is formed. (Yes, I know, U.N.C.L.E stands for United Network Command for Law Enforcement.) I really enjoyed the 60’s music, which gave the film a different feel than so many of the spy movies of today. There isn’t an abundance of action and the movie relies on humor and the two lead characters. Calvill and Hammer really do work well together but unfortunately they don’t have many scenes together. The script is the biggest problem with some slow parts and the lack of a strong villain written in. Warner Brothers has been trying to make Man From U.N.C.L.E films for about ten years and since the basic story line is set up, a sequel may do better. (Yes, it could do worse.) I’m giving this campy action film a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA