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

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Starring:
Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant


Rated: PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 14, 2015 Released by: Warner Brothers

One of the best things about director/co-writer Guy Ritchie's action/comedy is its terrific vintage look.  Based on the T.V. series that ran from 1964 - 1968, the film is set in 1963.  The cars, fashions and gadgets evoke the Cold War era perfectly.
 
The story begins with CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) trying to rescue  Gaby (Alicia Vikander) a beautiful and feisty auto mechanic who is being held in East Berlin.  Her father was a nuclear physicist for Hitler and so she is an important commodity.  The Soviets also send agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer)  to nose around, and soon they're involved in a pretty good nighttime car chase.
 
The three of them end up joining forces to prevent statuesque villain Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) from stealing a nuclear bomb. She's tall, blond and looks as if she just stepped off the cover of a fashion magazine, so she isn't too difficult to find. 
 
Cavill does a good job taking on the Robert Vaughn role - he's every bit as charming and debonair.  Always well put together and sure of himself.  In contrast, Hammer is a more impressive figure than the slight David McCullam, who originated the role.  The two actors have great chemistry together and are enjoyable to watch. There's a lot of silly banter between them with each one trying to outdo the other.  A scene with Solo biding his time with a sandwich and wine while Illya is being chased by the bad guys in the background is a lot of fun.
 
Hugh Grant, who plays Solo's boss, promises that the trio will be teaming up again for a future caper.  If its as much fun as this one is, count me in!

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

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