On Thursday 10 Sept 2015, during Singapore’s cooling-off day before the elections today, I went to watch the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It was my way of cooling off after following the numerous news articles and elections rallies during the 9 days of election campaign. Now, coming back to this movie.
Based on the hit mid-1960s TV series of the same that I used to watch on TV during my primary school days (1980s), this movie was brought to live well by the director and one of the screenplay writers of this movie, Guy Ritchie. Some may know him as the ex-husband of the yesteryear queen of POP Madonna and some may know him as one of the critically acclaimed movie director with movies like the Sherlock Holmes series and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”. His casts selection to play the main roles and sticking to the original style of the 60s TV series, and the excellent screenplay that paced the flow of this spy-thriller movie well with comedy, action and character development has made this movie enjoyable to watch especially the excellent chemistry between Henry Cavill (The Man of Steel fame, who plays the role of the CIA agent Solo), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger fame, who plays the KGB spy Illya) and Alicia Vikander (The Seventh Son fame, who plays role of Gaby,the daughter of a German Nuclear scientist). Armie Hammer was convincing enough as a Russian with his slang and body language. His strict and disciplined behaviour clashing many times with the suave and cool dude Henry Cavil brought on good laughter to the audience.
This James Bond styled story happens during the height of the Cold War when Germany was separated by the Berlin Wall. The US and Russian agents putting aside their hostilities, and together with the German spy managed by a British agent (played by Hugh Grant) had to work together to find the kidnapped German nuclear scientist and stop a mysterious criminal organisation from creating a global catastrophe with a nuclear missile forms the gist of the story. I must commend the back ground music score of the movie composed by Daniel Pemberton. It was really excellent, catchy and enhanced the scenes further. After a long time, enjoyed a Hollywood movie’s background score.
Overall, the movie is worth watching on the big screen. Do not compare it with Mission Impossible as this movie does not contain an out and out blasting edge-of-the-seat action sequences but it is a different spy thriller mixed with comedy, excellent screenplay and excellent background music score. I enjoyed watching this movie and waiting to see its sequel.
KRN Movie Rating: 4/5 stars.