The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Release Year: 2015
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Guy Ritchie (screenplay & story), Lionel Wigram (screenplay & story), Jeff Kleeman (story), David Campbell Wilson (story), Sam Wolfe (television series)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani, Sylvester Groth, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Christian Berkel, Misha Kuznetsov
1963, Berlin. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to work together to stop a secret organization with Nazi ties from making a nuclear weapon.
Based on the long running 1960’s TV show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a funny and hugely enjoyable spy film, soaked in Cold War nostalgia. Cavill (Man of Steel, 2013) is the former thief turned reluctant agent, charming, sleek, and aware of his own merits. Needless to say he clashes completely with Hammer (The Lone Ranger, 2013), whose skillful Soviet operative with psychological issues is in many ways his polar oppostie. Sparks fly between the two resulting in many laughs, and they are joined by an excellent Vikander (Ex Machina, 2015) as a German mechanic who is vital in finding the location of the secret organisation. The three excellent leads click as if this was their 10th film together, not their first, and they are joined by a talented supporting cast, including Jared Harris (Lincoln, 2012), Hugh Grant (About a Boy, 2002), Sylvester Groth (Inglourious Basterds, 2009), and an icy-cold Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, 2013). Filmed in a wonderfully realised Cold War era Europe, the film is mix of old-fashioned spy fun and highly entertaining action, a combination which director Guy Ritchie has proven himself masterful in achieving on several occasions. Good and lighthearted fun with a cast brimming with chemistry. We want a sequel, please! Highly recommended.
The trick where Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) pulls a tablecloth off without disturbing the object on the table was not achieved by visual effects but performed by Cavill himself. He had learned the trick from British variety star Mat Ricardo.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.