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

 (8,432)7.31 h 56 min2015X-Ray
A CIA and KGB agent become partners.
Directors
Guy Ritchie
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Henry CavillArmie HammerAlicia Vikander
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Suspense
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English [CC]
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Quintis Arrius Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than Bond !
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I never intended to see this movie. The trailers totally turned me off. Finally, there was a good sale on this DVD/BLURay combo and I threw fate to the wind and ordered it. Am I glad I did! Probably the most totally entertaining movie I've seen this year. Cavill and Hammer were perfect in their respective roles. There was just the right balance of humor/action/suspense and I found myself watching this over 2 more times within a couple of weeks, and sharing it with others. Oh, and by the way, I enjoyed this a heck of a lot more than the newest Bond entry, SPECTRE. Ironically, I was in line for Bond on opening day, and left the theatre depressed. As for UNCLE, I wouldn't bother to go see it in a theatre, and yet I loved it after viewing it for the first time on my TV. Goes to show, you can't always rely on trailers!
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Karl WeaverReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I WANT THE SEQUEL TOMORROW!
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Man From Uncle Warner Bros 2015 PG-13 Blu-Ray

Henry Cavill plays Napoleon Solo [To me he looks like Clark Kent in Superman movies]. Armie Hammer plays Ilya Kuryakin [looks like a taller Matt Damon]. Alicia Vikander plays the daughter of a scientist from Nazi Germany (modeled after Edward Teller, dubbed “father of the hydrogen bomb”). She is Swedish. Elizabeth Debicki plays a femme fatale. She was in "Everest" and is also in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" and "The God Particle". She’s Australian. Hugh Grant plays a British intelligence agent, Jared Harris plays Sanders, a CIA manager, and Misha Uznetsov [Russian] plays a KGB manager.

Yes, this is REALLY a fun movie to watch. There is, of course, action. There is sort of a romantic triangle among Solo, Kuryakin and “Gaby” [Gabriella Teller, the daughter of Dr. Teller]. But to my mind, the most fun of all was the constant competition between Solo and Kuryakin as to who is the better secret agent.

This script is very good. The acting is quite good. The pacing is great. The cinematography is very good. The musical score varies quite a bit, and at times it is wonderfully dramatic or suspenseful [abrupt changes in the musical tone perhaps reflect what the life of an intelligence agent under cover must feel like]. The plot is OK, but it mainly serves as a background on which these actors can play their roles. There are some great lines, wonderfully delivered. There is great, subtle comedy. To describe it would be to spoil it. We wouldn't want plot to distract us too much from just watching these characters. This movie begs..nay, it SCREAMS for a sequel. It fully deserves one. I can't wait!
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BookmaidenReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure Fun!
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So wonderful! I laughed and laughed and it was all so visually gorgeous - the sets, the clothes, the hair, the make-up, the cast... All just perfect. This is a movie that doesn't take itself overly seriously (like Bonds or MIs) and is wittily funny and exciting. Doesn't get caught up in overly complicated drama to delude the audience into thinking it's clever. Develops interesting and fun characters that are incredibly endearing. I completely fell in love with Ilya played by Armie Hammer - so charmingly acted! And no one could more perfectly embody the sound and look of the time than Henry Cavill as Solo - the way he pronounced Nazi and his vocal prosody! While Alicia Vikander has such star quality and loads of classic Hollywood moxie. And her character Gabby (who has the most fabulous wardrobe) is a great inclusion to the UNCLE universe. Loved Hugh Grant's character - small part but he steals his scenes with great dialogue so amusingly delivered. I don't think I've ever enjoyed him more! Basically, GREAT cast. Also, wonderful direction - liked the incorporation of retro shots and transitions. Conclusion, watch this film.

Such an undervalued/unknown gem. I honestly think people didn't know what they were missing! I've seen film reviews that said it was stupid or cheesy, but I don't think it crosses the line into cheesy, though it comes adorably close. This is actually a very clever film with charmingly dry dialogue and great characters. Anything so funny requires loads of intelligence - particularly when so much of the humor is based on character relations and is very tongue and cheek, recognizing the stereotypes and silliness of the day and incorporating them in a way that allows us to laugh at the ridiculousness (all the overlapping, conflicting, selfish agendas), yet in a nice way. It's just simple, pure, golden fun. I think the main popularity problem is that it was under advertised - people didn't know what it was. Another contributing factor is probably that the humor style is in more of an English style than American - aka, it doesn't have to stoop to being crass, loud, gross, or raunchy. If you can't appreciate this film's humor, it's just a sad loss to you.

Anyways, this film is great! Do give it a try - everyone I've talked to that saw it at least enjoyed it and most loved it. I hope they make a sequel, but just as its single self, it is exquisite - and I'm so glad they made it. You know how people didn't get The Princess Bride when it was in theaters yet it became huge when it came out on video and word of mouth spread? This is a movie with that same quality of misunderstood, under recognized greatness. Hopefully the word of mouth spreads so people can enjoy it. Because it really is just joyful!
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jude pepperReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Cinematic Revival Affair
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you know the drill: when something makes enough of an impression on the pop-culture, it's influence opens the floodgates for similarly themed productions. in the original wake of 007-mania there was a veritable plethora of spy-themed tv shows in America, and surprisingly, most managed to have their own identity rather than simply imitate. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was the first and, next to Get Smart, the very best. Napoleon Solo, as played by Robert Vaughn, and Illya Kuryakin, as played by David McCallum, are one of the small screen's all-time great hero teams.
(legend even has it that Ian Fleming himself contributed. the story goes that Fleming got as far as coining the name Napoleon Solo before Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli frowned upon his fraternizing with the competition. but as far as i know it's only a story.)
the film version is courtesy of Guy Ritchie, fresh off of his triumphant films starring Robert Downey as Sherlock Holmes. the finished movie just might be good enough to vindicate it's stars, Henry "Man Of Steel" Cavill and Armie "The Lone Ranger" Hammer, for their prior flops. although in all fairness, neither was at all bad in their respective roles. it was the films themselves that were mishandled.
Cavill expertly replicates the erudite mischief of Robert Vaughn. it could be argue that he simply imitates Vaughn, but either way he gets the job done. Hammer, meanwhile, brings a rougher edge to Kuryakin. it's kind of a bummer that he has none of the philosophical bent that characterized McCallum's version, but again, his approach serves the film.
the basic gimmick presents the film as a prequel. set in 1963, the year before the series premiered, the film deals with Cold War tensions at their heaviest. intrepid burglar turned CIA agent Solo and KGB operative Kuryakin are presented as rivals forced to work together and learn to like each other in the process.
if i'm completely honest, i have semi-reservations about the film, because it only vaguely echoes the series. there's no mention of their standing nemesis, the terrorist organization Thrush, for instance, and the formation of U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) is presented as the culmination of the film's events. in what just might be first for a film version of a tv show, they don't even use Jerry Goldsmith's theme music!
you'd think they could at least manage the customary cameos for original stars. if memory serves, the late Robert Vaughn wasn't late just yet in 2015.
but it's hard to make that stick, since the film does manage to work as far as it goes. and there's the suggestion that, had the sequel come to pass, it would've dealt more directly with U.N.C.L.E. as we know it. moreover, it must be admitted that it's liberties with our heroes' relationship make sense. relations between their respective countries were, after all, much pricklier than the series usually presented. for that matter, even on the series Solo and Kuryakin tended to have the sort of Bing Crosby/Bob Hope relationship which allows for the occasional semi-gentle ribbing. it makes sense that their initial meeting was probably less than amicable.
i guess all i'm really saying is that i personally wouldn't of taken the same approach. well, that's okay. i have many favorite films which i probably wouldn't done the same way, including my very favorite, Lord Of The Rings. i bet most people could say the same.
certainly the way it was approached isn't necessarily wrong. the film may be formulaic, but it plays the formula expertly for all it's worth.
so go ahead, say U.N.C.L.E.!
and yes, i did have to say that.
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Never BirdReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful Spy Film
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Absolutely delightful. I never watched the original TV series by Ian Fleming of Bond fame, but the cinematography, the subtle humor, the music...it just works. It's a charming action film with a 60s backdrop that made me feel nostalgic for a time I never experienced. Napoleon Solo played by Henry Cavill is a smooth and charming American spy, German Gaby Teller, played by Alicia Vikander, is a mesmerizing, subdued, and surprisingly quirky linchpin, and KGB operative Ilya Kuryakin is played by Armie Hammer with an intensity and dry humor that's a real treat. At the height of the Cold War, these characters come together to chase after a nuclear weapon. It's a great, understated film that I highly recommend.
10 people found this helpful
anonjReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exciting, veeerrry entertaining movie.
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This action movie drops you in the middle of an excellent chase scene. The heroine has a face and voice similar to Debra Winger's. Everything else about her is Audrey Hepburn: her hair styles, her outfits, her sunglasses. Very cute.
The movie and dialogue are excellent. Almost a triangle between Solo, Kuriakin, and Gaby, except more friends between Solo and Gaby, more frenemies between Solo and Kuriakin. Good chemistry between all three characters.
Very well developed action and stealth scenes, especially near the beginning.
I found this movie excellent on every level.
28 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing special
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Man From U.N.C.L.E. was one of many TV shows inspired by the success of the James Bond films. This was a take-off done by Guy Ritchie. Like the original it had an American agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and a Soviet one Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) working together to fight some fascist criminals. Ritchie tried to make this a stylish spy-action film. The problem was just like the TV show it was completely derivative of 007. They both fight criminal organizations for instance. They both have some 60s swag. The only new dynamic was the Solo-Kuryakin relationship where the two didn’t like each other but had to work together. That wasn’t enough to make The Man From U.N.C.L.E. anything special, especially when the Bond films are much, MUCH better.
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LN DrakeReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Somewhat Cheeky Spy, Somewhat Thriller in the 60's
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I enjoyed watching and would love to see a sequel but it's been 5 years and no sign yet. I think I know why.
1. The film had the adventure, action and romance but it failed to adequately project a feeling of suspense or tension. Blame that on the Director.
2. No characters of color and everyone appeared to be completely heterosexual. That alone would kill a future sequel, in today's Hollywood.
3. They failed to attract a broader audience. Blame that on the advertising agency and the editor of the preview.
4. During some important moments, the conversation is in different languages (English, Russian, German and Italian). It does have subtitles but, unless you can replay, you can miss the point. Fine for viewing at home but not good for the theater experience.
On the positive side;
The visuals and the cinematography were nothing short of great!
The action and FX was excellent and everything looked plausible.
The depiction of East and West Germany and Italy in the 60's (before the wall came down) was almost perfect!
The interaction between the characters was fun!
It was pretty funny.
The plot had many interesting twists and turns!
All that, but it did not put me on the edge of my seat so only 4 stars.
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