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Directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) and starring Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). The Man From U.N.C.L.E is based on the popular 1960's TV show of the same name. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) is forced to join forces with KGB agent Ilya Kuryakin (Hammer) to stop a mysterious criminal organization who are intent on using nuclear weapons.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E features a pretty basic story for a spy film, sometimes it feels a little bit too basic that I often pondered if I'd missed something along the way, turns out I hadn't. There are some twists and turns but they're not at all surprising, but its not the story that kept me hooked, it was the actors. I'm a big fan of Henry Cavill, I think he makes a fantastic Superman for the DC Cinematic Universe and I think he has the potential to be a major star and U.N.C.L.E certainly proves that, he's quite fantastic here. Armie Hammer was my concern for the film, I like him as an actor but I wasn't sure he could pull off the Russian accent, and miraculously he does, he actually turned out to be my favorite aspect of the film. He's a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode and Hammer perfectly represented that, his excellent chemistry with co-star Alicia Vikander (Ex_Machina) also made his character extremely likable.

Guy Ritchie always makes some very slick and stylish flicks and U.N.C.L.E isn't too much of a departure from that. The film is a lot of time, style over substance, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, it made the film very entertaining, I was always drawn to the screen, it's just sometimes the plot isn't all too engaging. Fast paced action, excellent chemistry between the actors and an overwhelming sense of style made Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes reboot one of the most refreshing and inventive blockbusters of recent memory. But I liken U.N.C.L.E more towards the Sherlock Holmes sequel, a fun, entertaining and smart film with a not so interesting story.

From my understanding, the TV show on which the film is based, never explained the origins of these characters or the organization (U.N.C.L.E) that they work for. So with this feature, Ritchie sets out to both make a prequel and origin story, detailing how two very different agents with very different ideologies came to be partners. The film sets up their relationship quite well, it never felt rushed or forced, it was a natural progression from foe to friend.

Our story starts in 1963 Berlin and this is where Solo and Kuryakin first come into contact, whilst their methods are different, their mission is the same; To locate and extract a mechanic living in Berlin, who happens to be the daughter of an ex-Nazi rocket scientist. What follows is an exciting, fast paced and rather funny chase sequence which sets up the characters rivalry so that when they're forced to work together, they're reluctant at best.

Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant (The Rewrite) take on supporting roles and both get some great moments to shine. Vikander is a marvelous actress who seems to just be getting bigger and better with each project. Hugh Grant isn't in the film a lot, but he's excellent in the role as Waverly, the head of the organization Kuryakin and Solo will come to work for.

U.N.C.L.E isn't the most impressive film Ritchie has ever put out or even the most impressive spy film of 2015, but it's a very entertaining ride with a great cast and wonderful action, what holds the film back is it's forgettable plot and weak villain, but I highly recommend The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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