Flash Movie Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

She could be so vindictive even while serving you buttered toast. I do not want to say she was untouchable, but she was essentially the only one who knew how to operate the outdated billing system at the company. By today’s standards she would have been written up by her manager multiple times; I was one of her victims having been on the receiving end of a spiteful attack. I had done nothing wrong in my dealings with this one customer; however, while she was on the switchboard she added some extra lines to the message the customer left for their salesperson. She made it look like I had been verbally abusive with the customer. Luckily I kept detailed notes about all my accounts, so her plan did not hit me full force. I will tell you I was furious and spent a long week dealing with my anger at her, devising imaginative plots of revenge. Each plan I came up with became more outrageous as my anger increased, even though I knew I would not act on any of them. But do you know what I did instead? I took my anger and started working harder at my job, soliciting more conversations from my contacts, to strike up a sense of familiarity between us. As time passed my efforts paid off and I was promoted to a bigger position. I became that employee’s boss. You are probably thinking I made her life a living hell, but I did not. Though I remained wary of her, I kept close tabs on her since we had to work together. Sort of the same thing the 2 agents had to do in this action adventure film.    DURING the cold war a new threat emerged that could become more powerful than the United States or Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo, played by Henry Cavill (Immortals, Man of Steel), and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin, played by Armie Hammer (Mirror Mirror, The Lone Ranger), would have to work together if they were to succeed in their mission. Based on the 1960s television series there were parts of this film that were fun and entertaining. With a slick stylized look to the movie I enjoyed some of the banter that took place between the two agents. However, I did not care for the story much; it seemed choppy and uneven to me. The fight scenes only seemed to enhance this point; I did not like the way they were filmed for the most part. Throughout the picture it appeared to me everything was being laid out as an overture to what would become the main movie, the possible sequel. This felt like a trial run of a story so I will try to keep an open mind if the film studio decided to do another one.


2 1/2 stars





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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 18, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I think I might like to watch this one at the theater;)

  2. The trailer was nicely done and I loved the interaction between the actors. But I remember watching the series with Robert Vaughn and David McCalllum which was one of my favorites. Maybe when it’s available on-demand on the internet I’ll watch it.

    • It lacked what the TV series offered but I still would like to hear your take on this film. Thanks for the comments.

      • That’s been the problem with most of the remakes, the movies end up lacking. It’s like buying that piece of cake that looks like a perfect work of art and it ends up tasting a lot like artificially flavored paste. 🙂

        Unless a miracle happens, I’ll see it when it becomes a download from an internet movie site.

      • I love your analogy about the piece of cake; it says it perfectly. Thank you so much for your comments.

  3. I loved the old TV series. Not sure about this movie; seems rather generic from the trailer.
    Sorry to hear about your vindictive colleague. One wonders why these people are like this!

    • If you see this I would like to hear your comparison to the TV show. Regarding people like my employee, I have no idea. Imagine the energy they had to expel to create such drama. Thanks for the comments.

  4. As much as I enjoyed the old TV series, I’m not convinced it needed a reboot. In fact, I’m becoming pretty tired of all the reboots, sequels and English language remakes being green lit. Studios being risk averse and plumping for known quantities over original material might make good business sense for them in terms of investment but it is quashing creativity and original thinking and making for less diversity for the consumer.

  5. I very much enjoyed this flick. That era some thrills and of course pretty actors made my time well spent;)

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