At the height of the Cold War, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin must put aside longstanding hostilities to team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
I’m not sure what to make of this big-screen adaptation of the old-as-your-dad TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It looks like pretty typical Guy Ritchie action fare, and I’m sure the two leads will be serviceable as action heroes, but I can’t help feeling like it’s…pointless. I mean, are fans of the show begging for this? Do we really need some new buddy cop version of James Bond? Even though this movie looks a bit cliched, Guy Ritchie does tend to deliver entertaining (if brainless) action. So who knows, maybe I’ll end up really enjoying this, but I can’t say that I’m leaping at the opportunity to line up for it at the moment.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. comes out August 14, 2015.