Special Agents are Here – The Man From U.N.C.L.E – Movie Review


The Man from U.N.C.L.E is based off the 1960s TV show. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes and Snatch), screenplay by Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram (Harry Potter film series and Sherlock Holmes). It stars Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo (Superman and the Immortals), Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin (The Social Network and Mirror Mirror) and Alicia Vikander (Seventh Son and A Royal Affair) as Gaby Teller. Both Illya and Solo are looking for the same woman, Gaby in 1960s Germany, when the Berlin wall was standing. Gaby is the daughter of a scientist who help Hilter create his weapons. He was since taken in by the Americans but went missing and now both Russia and the United States are looking for him in order to move ahead or get ahead in the Cold War.

“Not very good at this whole subtlety thing, are you?” – Napoleon Solo

From the start we see that Solo is a womanizer and very comfortable flirting with whomever necessary and that Illya has yet to meet anyone like Solo. Solo does get away with Gaby to safety but when meeting with his supervisor, who has Solo on a deal out of jail so long as he continues to do a good job, now must team up with the Russian in order to get Gaby’s Father away from an organize run the Nazi’s. Obviously Solo and Illya are less than pleased with this because they are used to working alone but quickly see that they have a lot to learn from each other. The plan to get into the organize is that Gaby’s uncle is involved and she is going to be meeting with him in order to introduce her new fiance, Illya.

Once they arrive in Italy they are instantly being tested and followed. While Illya has a way of approaching things, Solo has his own and seems to be the best at this point, with Illya’s quick temper. However, Solo can learn a thing or too from Illya too, in between finding women while working. Either way, the two quickly start to rely on each other in order to finish the missions. However, the plan seems to be going well, until it is that Gaby throws them to the wolves and they figure out she’s a British spy herself. Solo gets captures, tortured with an electric chair until Illya comes to rescue him. They then need to track where Gaby is being taken.


Gaby has finally been reunited with her Father but he is close to finish the nuclear bomb for the Nazi’s. They try to trick them into thinking the bomb is built but are found out and then Gaby’s father is killed once the bomb is built. Solo and Illya rescue Gaby with some less than quick skils and all three of them end up getting hurt in the process. However, they realize the bomb that is with Gaby is just a bomb, not the nuclear one that they need to have. Well through Solo’s observation skills, he is able to figure out where Victoria Vinciguerra (played by Elizabeth Debicki, A Few Best Men and The Great Gatsby) has the nuclear bomb. Through military tracking they blow her up and the nuclear bomb is taken away.

“So you don’t want to dance… but you do want to wrestle.” – Gaby Teller

However, Solo and Illya were both instructed to get the computer file that contains all of the data regarding the bomb, even if means having to kill each other to get it to the right side. Neither are please with this instruction and Solo makes the choice to stay loyal to each other, Illya is happy about this too, after he gets his Father’s watch back. They burn the contents of the file and seem ready to move on and return home when they are instructed, along with Gaby that they will be leaving for their next mission, with a new Code name: U.N.C.L.E.

Overall the movie flows well but I will admit it wasn’t exactly what I expected seeing. However in true Guy Ritchie fashion (he’s one of my favorite directors) he didn’t disappoint. The humor is a bit lost sometimes but it’s there if you are paying attention. The movie definitely set up for their to be a sequel and I would really like to see one. I give this movie 9 out 10 stars. I take off a star for the lack of flowing humor (sorry boys just sometimes it just wasn’t quite where it should be) and the lack of me being shocked that Gaby was a British spy (called this when she was driving Solo around in the first ten minutes of the movie). Other than that, I recommend you see it.


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