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

Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing 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 to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” also stars Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), with Jared Harris (“Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows”), and Hugh Grant as Waverly. The screenplay was written by Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, who previously collaborated on re-imagining the classic detective Sherlock Holmes in two hit films. The story is by Jeff Kleeman & David Campbell Wilson and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, based on the television series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” John Davis (“Chronicle”), Steve Clark-Hall (“RocknRolla,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films), Wigram and Ritchie produced the film, with David Dobkin serving as executive producer. Ritchie’s behind-the-scenes creative team included two-time Oscar (R)-nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), editor James Herbert (the “Sherlock Holmes” films, “Edge of Tomorrow”), and Oscar (R)-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston (“Lincoln”). The music is composed by Daniel Pemberton (“The Counselor”).(c) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

You all know I love a good spy movie. I love the overall style that Guy Ritchie has brought to the 1960’s television show. This was one of the few films I missed and still regret to this day. A definite blind buy for me.

Steve’s Take

While The Man From U.N.C.L.E was a decent spy flick, it felt like it ran on too long for me. Never a good thing. It’s certainly not one that you will watch over and over again so unless you have money to throw away for a one time view, check this one out on Red Box.

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

Next Week

Your choices this week range from The Man From U.N.C.L.E to The Man From U.N.C.L.E, unless of course you want to drop ANOTHER $100 on The Hobbit extended version. Next week picks up nicely with Shaun the Sheep, American Ultra, Ricki and the Flash, and No Escape with Owen Wilson. Have a great week everyone.