Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.
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In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas.Written by
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The character of Waverly displays the most unassuming attitude and introduces himself with a handshake and a single name, despite the fact that he turns out to be a significant power broker, the breadth of which isn't fully realized until much later. Hugh Grant said of his Waverly character: "I imagine he's a rather smooth but probably quite scary top British spy," the actor speculated. "Like a lot of them, he likely comes from a naval background. I believe he's done his share of fighting and quite enjoyed it, but now he's a man in very nice suits outsmarting the people behind the Iron Curtain and perhaps outsmarting the American CIA as well, because there was always that rivalry, and there's a touch of that, too, in the film." See more »
On the profile shown for Waverly in the ending credits, you see the term "alcoholic" is misspelled as "Alchoholic."
Also, in his career details, the list jumps from 13 to 15. The 14th point is missing. See more »
A load of empty style but sporadically entertaining
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a big box office bomb, which it didn't deserve to be. Guy Ritchie's flashy and pleasingly retro spy thriller is a fun ride but it lacks any kind of genuine punch. It's a very generic spy plot which is given lift by being set during the Cold War and involving the CIA's best agent (Henry Cavill) and the KGB's best agent (Armie Hammer) working together. Overall TMFU is a moderate success. Guy Ritchie's direction is visually excellent and unlike the 2 Sherlock Holmes films (Which were good but not exactly Sherlock Holmes) his style fits the movie perfectly. The acting is good all around, with Armie Hammer improving on his fairly generic performance in The Lone Ranger although Henry Cavill occasionally comes across as a bit smug. Despite being set in a different time period the film manages not to feel anachronistic and serves up plenty of sleek entertainment. Ultimately this is basically just lots of style with little substance although the Cold War setting makes it more interesting.
The story is completely hollow and forgettable. Style over substance and not in a particularly good way this lacks a real human touch and it's difficult to feel truly involved in the story as a result. The action sequences are fun but sometimes the film sags in between them. There just isn't anything we haven't seen before in this and I've already forgotten quite a bit of it even though I only saw it a week ago. There's nothing particularly wrong with TMFU and it's fine. That's the problem. It's just fine. Compared to Furious 7, Jurassic World, Mad Max Fury Road and Inside Out this is a completely unmemorable and forgettable blockbuster which judging by the box office performance certainly isn't busting any blocks. Not a bad film then since it's thrilling and well made but just a very ordinary one. Does it give Bond a run for his money? That's a definite no, although to be fair it's certainly more fun than Die Another Day or The Living Daylights or Moonraker or A View to a Kill.
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