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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

11 Submitted by on Fri, 14 August 2015, 08:59

Get out your decoder rings and exploding pens because Guy Ritchie is doin’ the spy thing old fashioned style. And that’s one of the things we loved about The Man From UNCLE. All that 60’s fashion. All the cool gadgets. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as two secret agents on opposite sides of the cold war having to work together and entertainingly taking the piss out of each other. Alice Vikander being cool and glam. Beau, Chris, JC, Joe and Johnny Neill elaborate. And Johnny eats his hat.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Jose Hernandez

    i had zero interest in watching this movie before this review. thought it was going to be a very bad tv movie biopic. now i’ll probably watch this instead of the movie i was planning on seeing.

  • dark knight fan

    Do you need to see Sean Connery Bond movies, to understand this movie?

    • Brian_Salisbury


      Sorry, that was rude, but seriously…hooooooow?! Makes my soul hurt!

      • dark knight fan

        No I have seen the Connery Bond films, but can people who seen these films really like this movie.

        • Chris Cox

          There’s not any connection between the bond films and this film.

          • dark knight fan

            What I’m saying is if people haven’t seen the Bond movies of the 60s, will they like this movie.

          • Mr_Plainview

            I would say yes they will enjoy this movie.

            To say you you wouldn’t like this movie if you haven’t seen a 60’s Bond movie would be like saying you wouldn’t enjoy a mobster movie if you haven’t seen the Godfather. One has little to do with the others except for having mobsters, or in the case of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. spies.

  • Batj()y

    Superman teams up with the Lone Ranger, I’m in!

  • While I think the film manages to capture the 1960s aesthetic perfectly, it falls flat on its face in every other regard, especially when it comes to the writing. The characters are just so flat and monotone, particularly Henry Cavill, who apparently was adamant about doing a really bad Carey Grant impression. He was laying it on thick with that affectation to his voice, and after a while it became really obnoxious. There’s just a total lack of personality all around, and a nice suit and a glib remark (of which there are many) doesn’t make up for that fact. There were so many times when it felt like a bad parody of the spy genre from the 60s and 70s. It’s obvious that Guy Ritchie was more concerned about the costume design and cinematography than anything else. Honestly, it’s just another case of style over substance, which Ritchie seems to be embracing wholeheartedly for the last decade.

    I’ve really appreciated what other spy franchises like James Bond have been doing lately. Exploring Bond’s history, personality and emotional connections to other people is what makes him and those around him interesting. Sure, the action, comedy and style are still there, but it’s not sacrificing the characters to have those things.

  • Rock-X

    I couldn’t help but be a little vex with everyone trying to tell a joke when Johnny Neil was trying to explain the WWII footage. It was bad enough with Martin interrupting Korey’s discussion and not letting him make his point to make his own, but I’m listening to voices talking over him and wanting to say”Sigh, LET.The Man. Talk.”

    • Sir Hector