Movie Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Cowboys and Russians. A must see for spy movie lovers.


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The Man from Uncle has been in theaters since August 14th. On it’s opening weekend it made $13,535,000 at the box office.

by Natalie Ditsler, Staff Writer

James Bond, Mission Impossible, and now The man from UNCLE. Three things these movies have in common are iconic music, secret agents and reboots. What makes this movie stand out is it’s clever humor and vintage atmosphere. All this contribing to a well deserved 4 stars.

Set during the cold war, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to work together to take down a criminal organization with the help of Gabriella Teller (Alicia Vilkander). The duo starts off on bad terms after Napoleon sneaks “Gaby” Teller into West Germany, getting past Kuryakin’s attempts to stop them. Kuryakin even goes as far as chasing after their car and tearing of the hood of the trunk with his bear hands, all while running. When seeing each other again in a public bathroom, Kuryakin slams into Napoleon causing several bathroom stalls to break, before being stopped by their superiors. As the movie progresses they get along better, but still wouldn’t hesitate to kill each other. Their mission is to find Gaby’s missing father, known for his work on bombs, and prevent his research from falling into the wrong hands.

The movie is based off the 1960’s TV series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, it explains how the unexpected duo came to be. Watching this movie is like stepping back in time. From cars and clothes, to the slang, the 60’s atmosphere is everywhere. For two hours, you are in a different time. The transitions and style of the movie also reflect the decade.

James Bond and Mission Impossible are both movies/series that have iconic songs that most people recognize immediately. The Man from Uncle follows in the footsteps of those two movies with an atmospheric and memorable soundtrack that has the “secret agent” vibe. For those who enjoy music from the 60’s, the soundtrack is definitely something to check out.

As the credits of the movie roll, it is worth it to stay a little longer. Files on each main character are shown and give some bonus information about them. There are also pictures of future travels and missions, not to mention a great song. Filled with clever humor, engaging action, and a vintage vibe, the Man from Uncle, Rated PG-13, is a must see.