THe man frOm unCLe
Undercover and underwhelming
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd
Director Guy ritchie
Cast Henry Cavill, armie Hammer,
alicia Vikander, elizabeth debicki
What the chuff is this?! Ostensibly a reimagining of the ’60s spy-fi TV series, The Man From UNCLE is one of 2015’s most curious films.
Whereas we all know James Bond inside out, with UNCLE most folk are pretty much blank. But even if you know the original it doesn’t matter, because this is nothing like it. Yes, during the Cold War American spy Napoleon Solo and Russian spy Illya Kuryakin team up to fight a world threat, but Guy Ritchie’s version is a title in search of a film.
It’s a movie all dressed up with nowhere to go. It has the class of a ’60s Sunday Times supplement but unfortunately also replicates the ennui of a slow Sunday afternoon. The suits scream style, the screen sometimes splits, even the subtitles look luscious, but it’s not exciting, it’s not sexy, and it has no real personality. Quite why it exists is its biggest mystery.
Extras The DVD just has one seven-minute featurette. The Blu-ray has five more (about half an hour’s worth), on subjects such as “recreating ’60s cool”. Russell Lewin