It is the year 1963 at a Berlin Check Point when CIA Agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), KGB Operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) and an East Berlin Chop Shop mechanic Gaby (Alicia Vikander) all come together in one dramatic moment. Not too much later all three which were from other cultures and countries have come together to find Dr. Udo Teller ( Christian Berkel) who has worked with a secret organization led by Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) and her associates Alexander (Luca Calvani) and Uncle Rudi (Sylvester Groth) in creating a nuclear weapon.
Now all three bitter rivals are forced to come together from different parts of the world to try and save the world. On a trip to Rome, Italy all three agents now take on different identities, Illya an Architect, grant it a buff one with looks to kill let alone his nervous twitch, Gaby his fiancé and Napoleon an Antiquities Dealer. All have their quirks and their dislikes of each other yet some have some hidden agendas emotionally and professionally yet all have one goal in mind to get the nuclear weapon and obtain the disk with all the information so that no one else can follow through with another weapon. That is of course unless one of the three agents gets their hands on it first!
Along their journey all three meet Victoria and her team always trying to stay one step ahead of the others. In the end though one of the three ends up with another motive and basically throws a major wrench into their mission. In a final attempt to take over an island, obtain the nuclear device and the disk not all things go as planned yet in the end over a small bonfire the new team have yet another mission under their new code name U.N.C.L.E.
After I got past “Superman” and Cavill’s debonair looks for the first few minutes I soon become accustomed to his new character, Napoleon Solo and he won me over. Nice to see he is able to step away from his tights and super-hero cape. I absolutely loved the whole feel of this film and once again give hats off to Guy Ritchie who hasn’t brought us anything since “Sherlock Holmes”. Great direction with a number of twist and turns all accompanied by a wonderful score and some superb writing that slightly gets a little lengthy this story is a definite “James Bond” style work of art that hopefully will continue on with more big screen features. It was smart, sexy, intriguing and suspenseful and worthy of a night out at the theater.
Like I said Cavill really makes this role his own and is a perfect match with Hammer who surprisingly keeps his accent going as far as I know throughout the story. Okay maybe a slight drop with one or two words but other than that he does well. Both men play off of each other brilliantly and adding Vikander to the mix doesn’t hurt. Debicki is also a nice cast to this story and with the support of Calvani and Groth amongst others she stands out tall. Even though Hugh Grant who plays Waverly has a small part he definitely fills the shoes for more to come. Even though the 60’s had so much wrong it also had so much right unlike society today which seems to be moving closer and closer to God awful wrong and the day of nuclear catastrophe in the oh so near future. Let’s hope we too have the opportunity to call in the team from U.N.C.L.E. Written and enjoyed with 3.5 out of 4 paws by Jon Patch.