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This has certainly been the year of spies, lies, secrets, terror attacks and covert operations as we have been spoiled for choice with regard to espionage action. It has come to light in most movie plots that lately directors opt to paint today’s world as a very dangerous one so who best to save us from the invisible jaws of death if not our intelligence organisations.

This has become the winning storyline for most action blockbusters including The Man From U.N.C.L.E, a 2015 British American action comedy spy film directed by Guy Ritchie (the director of  Sherlock Holmes (2009) and (2011).  The film is based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name.

This time around, at the height of the Cold War, CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside longstanding hostilities.

The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation, which is bent on destabilising the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.

The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key link to infiltrating this criminal organisation.

 They must race against time to find the scientist and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

This movie shows us the other side of Superman/Man of Steel character Henry Cavill as (Napoleon Solo) a prolific agent-cum-thief that is the movie’s leading character.



Certainly one of the most memorable spy adventures to date with a well-scripted logline.  The Man From Uncle is a suspense film hence this blockbuster is full of intriguing revelation that keeps you wondering throughout the movie.

The logline explains the who, what, when, where, how and why.

The film has an explosive opening.  Barely 10 minutes into the movie, Solo tracks down Gaby Teller in east Germany, and a hot pursuit ensues.

This was captivating as from the onset the audience gets delighted with frantic car chases and some sounds of gunfire from silenced pistols.

The other thing about the film is that it is set on the backdrop of the early 1960s, so it has this vintage school cinematographic setting, bringing out that decade to the 21st century.

The Man From Uncle is jam-packed with those mysteries that complement its suspense well. For instance we have Solo and Kuryakin nearly killing each other in the beginning, but as fate has it they become allies later on.

What is also intriguing is that the harmless female mechanic Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller) is also undercover for another intelligence organisation, the British MIA6.

It is also fun because of the exhilarating stunts and action sequences. Solo and Kuryakin look wicked with some off-road racing against the Italian Mafia villain. The movie amazingly has a dose of adrenalin rush.

The term ‘kiss’ was redefined over the weekend as a rather violent move compared to the romantic meaning the word is used for.

Armie Hammer (Kuryakin) the short-tempered bulky Russian KGB agent slapped the guts out of a guard to the point that he became unconscious for 20 minutes and we are told it is called the kiss in Russia.



The Man From Uncle has been in circuit for two weeks, and premiered third at the box office. From a production budget of $75 million, the movie has this far garnered $54 million worldwide. It is falling victim to other blockbuster releases of the summer, but the movie is definitely a must-see. Another spy action is dropping soon on September 4, 2015 in the form of Hitman: Agent 47.


New movies leading

at the box office this week

1.Straight Outta Compton

2.Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

3.Sinister 2

4.Hitman: Agent 47

5.The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


The verdict is that The Man From U.N.C.L.E is just a total knockout.  I therefore give it a 9/10.  It embodies every aspect of a movie viewers love to enjoy.


Movie: The Man From Uncle
Genre: Action, Suspense, Adventure, Thriller  
Duration: 1hour 56mins
Age Restriction: 13
Release Date: August 21    
Director: Guy Ritchie 
Main Cast: Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo), Armie Hammer(Kuryakin), Alicia  Vikander (Gaby Teller) 

Movie: The Man From Uncle

Genre: Action, Suspense, Adventure, Thriller  

Duration: 1hour 56mins

Age Restriction: 13

Release Date: August 21    

Director: Guy Ritchie Main

Cast: Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo), Armie Hammer(Kuryakin), Alicia  Vikander (Gaby Teller) 


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