The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (12A)

In the midst of the Cold War a ruthless criminal organisation threatens to reignite an old battle that could destroy the world. An unlikely spy duo are the only obstacle that stands in their way. This is one mission the heroes can’t afford to fail…

The wealthy Vinciguerras, a pair of Nazi sympathizers are plotting to use nuclear weapons and advanced technology at their disposal to disrupt the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Russia. If they succeed then it could mean the start of a new world war.

So the CIA and KGB reluctantly team up to fight back against the global foes. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and his KGB counterpart Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) dislike one another from the offset. But they must put their differences aside if they are to complete their mission.

Solo is instructed to travel to East Berlin to save Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), a mechanic whose father is rumoured to have worked for Hitler in his younger years. He is expecting to find a quiet vunerable girl. But when Solo arrives he finds she is nothing like that at all. Spunky and full of fighting spirit Gaby is ready for whatever challenges lie ahead.

They set off in search of Gaby’s uncle Rudi who is rumoured to work for the Vinciguerras. The ruthless couple intend to use Gaby’s father to make a nuclear missile so must be stopped. To get close to Gaby’s father Kuryakin poses as her architect fiancé whilst Solo disguises himself as an antique dealer specializing in both Greek and Roman art; a homage to his early days of thievery.

The trio travel to Rome to a racing event the Vinciguerras’ are hosting to gather intel on the missile they propose to build and detonate.

From here on in Solo, Kuryakin and Gaby try to thwart the evil megalomaniacs’ plans through a series of espionage and battles of wits over nerves. Using Solo’s brain and Kuryakin’s brawn they just might stand a chance. but can they stop bickering for long enough to save the world?

Guy Ritchie’s attempt at recreating Cold War-era adventures for the big screen has been a success. As a lover of classic spy movies I thoroughly enjoyed his latest venture. It reminded me of the Bonds of yesteryear, the good ones with Roger Moore and Sean Connery, not the drivel that followed. And by that I mean Pierce Brosnan, worst Bond ever!

Yes it was a little camp at times but that’s what gives the movie its charm. It is very reminiscent of its namesake, the 1960’s spy TV series that was adored by so many. Like Ritchie’s other movies The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has a certain style that demands your attention. One moment you’re taking in the beautiful surroundings and fast cars, only to be thrust headfirst into a fist fight.

Throughout the movie we see Solo and Kuryakin try to outdo the other, with the intention of eliminating the other. But like any good spy movie its plot twist and turns without a moment’s notice, leaving you to play catch up.

Ritchie’s affectionate update of the cult ’60s TV spy series is a masterpiece, balancing action, comedy and style perfectly. Whether you’re familiar with the TV series or not this is one action comedy spy movie you shouldn’t miss.

By Ruth Walker
★★★★☆

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