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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


I went to this movie without any expectation - the thriller did not provide much details of the movie. I vaguely remember reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E. comics but do not remember much. It was refreshing to see that the movie using 1960s setting - so many remake of the old television and movies were modernized and did not really feel right.


The cat and mouse chase between the two main characters (Solo, the American agent and Kuryakin, the KGB agent) would great, a well choreographed dance with each trying to kill the other but failed. It also sets a stage for the rivalry that is seen throughout the movie. This movie is about how The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was formed. I still do not understand why it is given that name since there is more than one person. While the original series had only two main characters, this movie had a third agent - Gaby, a female agent (revealed at the later part of the movie).

The technology used in the movie appears exaggerated with the bugging devices appear like oversized led lights and remote control receivers. KGB appears to have more advanced technology but that was balanced by Solo’s knowledge as a super thief.

One of the attraction of the movie was that it did not take itself too seriously and poked fun at the difference in culture between the East and West. Even though, my father and I enjoyed the movie, we felt that my children and his friends may not enjoy the movie. This kind of movie may be a bit out of style.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

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