The Man from U.N.C.L.E. USA 2015 – 116min.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
East Berlin, 1963. Sent by the C.I.A. to extract Gaby Teller, daughter of a Nazi nuclear scientist, American spy Napoleon Solo meets Illya Kuryakin, a fearsome KGB agent. After a tense duel, they find out from their superiors that they must team up to catch Victoria Vinciguerra, an Italian aristocrat who heads up a criminal organization suspected of planning bad things with a nuclear missile. The duo is sent undercover to Rome with Gaby, who will serve as bait – her father has been kidnapped by Vinciguerra…
If only this movie had been directed by Steven Soderbergh and starred George Clooney. The result would have been 1,000 times more interesting than this mediocre version by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel’s Superman) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network’s twins). Instead, it’s a kind of Charlie’s Angels for boys, but without the humor or the energy, a bland pastiche of spy movies, an inoffensive best-of collection of stereotypes of the genre and completely unoriginal. Cavill’s thin performance, all frowns and bulging muscles, and Hammer’s “Russian” accent set the tone of the enterprise, which glides by the eyes of a half-amused, half-asleep audience, offering basic action and ordinary gags. At least Ritchie cast the excellent Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki, whose charisma and intelligence liven up the movie, completely stealing the show from Cavill and Hammer.