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

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tries to distract from an unremarkable story with charismatic stars and fizzy set pieces, adding up to an uneven action thriller with just enough style to overcome its lack of substance.



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Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" also stars Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina"), Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby"), with Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows"), and Hugh Grant as Waverly. The screenplay was written by Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, who previously collaborated on re-imagining the classic detective Sherlock Holmes in two hit films. The story is by Jeff Kleeman & David Campbell Wilson and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, based on the television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." John Davis ("Chronicle"), Steve Clark-Hall ("RocknRolla," the "Sherlock Holmes" films), Wigram and Ritchie produced the film, with David Dobkin serving as executive producer. Ritchie's behind-the-scenes creative team included two-time Oscar (R)-nominated director of photography John Mathieson ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Gladiator"), production designer Oliver Scholl ("Jumper," "Edge of Tomorrow"), editor James Herbert (the "Sherlock Holmes" films, "Edge of Tomorrow"), and Oscar (R)-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston ("Lincoln"). The music is composed by Daniel Pemberton ("The Counselor").(c) Warner Bros

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Henry Cavill
as Napoleon Solo
Armie Hammer
as Illya Kuryakin
Alicia Vikander
as Gaby Teller
Hugh Grant
as Waverly
Jared Harris
as Sanders
Elizabeth Debicki
as Victoria Vinciguerra
Luca Calvani
as Alexander
Sylvester Groth
as Uncle Rudi
Guy Williams
as Captain Smith
Andrea Cagliesi
as Fishing Captain
Pablo Scola
as Harbourmaster
Francesco De Vito
as Night Manager
Luca Della Valle
as Security Guard
David Beckham
as Projectionist
Alessandro Ananasso
as Italian Guard
Joana Metrass
as Victoria's Assistant
Gabriel Farnese
as Italian Playboy 1
Elbio Bonsaglio
as Italian Playboy 2
Michael J. Peluso
as Italian Playboy 3
Alan Turkington
as Lead Policeman
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The movie reboot of the classic spy TV show both benefits and suffers from its director's trademark style. Split screen, odd music choices (which sometimes aim a little too close to Tarantino's style), quirky banter between characters, it all works for some of the scenes. In others it feels like style won over substance and it stops you from getting excited about things. Overall, the film is pretty entertaining and especially the actresses deliver memorable performances. But with Richie a little less jerking off to his own style, this could have been even better.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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In a year full of post-modern spy movies, it is so refreshing to see a delicious and stylish old-fashioned espionage film, not only technically sensational (mainly the cinematography, art direction and editing) but also extremely effective as an exciting mix of action and comedy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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My goodness, Elizabeth Debicki must be made of Jell-O. She just slinks down to the ground so smoothly, I might as well kill myself. Anyhoo, Alicia Vikander is a spritely fashion plate in mod cloths, but her character seems a bit tough-mechanic-sidechick for the sake of being a touch mechanic sidechick. If only Henry Cavill or Armie Hammer did anything for me, I might have enjoyed this movie more.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Suave, stylish and entertaining. I hope there's more to come!

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