I remember following the television series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in my pre-teen years, but I don’t recall anything about it. When I saw this DVD on the library shelf, I told myself to watch it to find out.
U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, a secret international intelligence agency at the height of the Cold War in the early 1960s.
A CIA agent, Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), takes Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), daughter of Dr Udo Teller (Christian Berkel), a Nazi scientist, from East Berlin, evading KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
A mysterious organisation plans to upset the fragile balance of world power, and these two agents reluctantly team up to stop them. They travel to Rome, where they are approached by Alexander Waverly (Hugh Grant), a high-ranking M16 operative who reveals that Gaby is an undercover agent under his employment.
The trio are then reassigned to a new international organisation under Waverly’s command, who announces a new mission to Istanbul. (Indication that there would be a sequel to this movie?)
This is a typical spy thriller – with lots of action, car chases, gun shots – done with stunts, visual and special effects to radiate energy. However, I found that I did not enjoy the movie as much as I did the television series. Could the reason be the age factor? Umm…., anyway I probably would not watch any sequel of this movie.