This is a remake of a 1964-68 TV series of the same name. Set in the early 1960’s, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill – of Superman fame – as CIA agent Napoleon Solo (what a cool but ridiculous name!) and Armie Hammer as Russian KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. These two secret agents on opposite sides of the Cold War participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation with ties to the old Nazi regime, said to be proliferating nuclear weapons.
Some bits of this make me think this is just a cheap attempt at creating a modern James Bond. The fact that a British man is playing an American (not the first time for Cavill it must be said) and an American is playing a Russian doesn’t fill me with confidence. The original director, Steven Soderbergh of Oceans Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen and Magic Mike, actually quit the film due to casting concerns! However, Guy Ritchie (director of British crime films such as Snatch) is a guy that could make this a really cool and funny film – evident from this trailer. The trailer shows that this will definitely be a classy 1960’s film, and will have plenty of cool-funny moments similar to the Bond franchise – it’s whether there’s enough of this to keep us interested the whole way through which will determine if this is successful or not.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is released on 14th August, and I think the success of this film will come down to how it is sold to the public. If it tries to be James Bond it will fail, but if it takes the funny, classy angle (similar to how American Hustle was advertised, at least in the UK) then it could be a surprise success, at the box office at least. However it does in terms of earnings though I would be very surprised if this was much to remember.
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