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28 Aug, 2015 1 hr 56 mins U/A
Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani
Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani
Guy Ritchie
This U.N.C.L.E is effortlessly cool. Go see it.

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Story: It is 1963 and the Cold War between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is at its height. Despite these diplomatic tensions, an agent from each of these countries - Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) - have to work together to stop a shadowy group from getting their hands on a nuclear warhead.

Review: First off, it's important to note that this movie is actually based on a popular US TV show from the post-World War II era. Back then, the spy genre seemed especially relevant given the tensions between the USA and the USSR and so, made great fodder for primetime TV. However Guy Ritchie has now updated the story line and infused it with a wry and dry sense of humour along with a generous dose of wittiness, all the while keeping the Cold War backdrop as a present-but-distant sideline.

Cavill is a former rogue-turned-CIA operative who has to work with KGB sleuth Illya to thwart race car driver Alexander (Calvani) and his impossibly beautiful wife Victoria's (Debicki) radioactive ambitions, so to speak.

The movie borrows from the buddy cop genre too, in the sense that you have two very competent but rival individuals who find themselves lassoed together in order to achieve a common objective.

Ritchie lets Cavill and Hammer have their day in the sun, with the film being buoyed by a slick script and hyper-stylish visuals. It's the kind of cinematic romp that 007 would have traded in one of his fancy wristwatches to earn a cameo in. Hugh Grant - that master of dry Brit wit - as a spy boss is also delightful here. Speaking of Bond, Cavill does his best to out-Bond James Bond and arguably (as well as surprisingly) succeeds, as the super-suave spy.

Illya, every inch the ruthless Russian tough-guy spy is initially at loggerheads with his political rival but soon develops a healthy respect for Solo. They realize that they can achieve more while working in sync, in an atmosphere devoid of mutual suspicion. This U.N.C.L.E is effortlessly cool. Go see it.
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