THe man frOm un­CLe

Un­der­cover and un­der­whelm­ing

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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

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