Cult classic television afficionadoes will certainly remember the surrealist British show The Man From U.N.C.L.E, with its op art imagery and its bizarre story lines. Guy Ritchie gives the classic show a new treatment, showing in theatres this Friday.
The film stars Armie Hammer, lately seen in the Lone Ranger reboot, as Illya Kuryakin. Fans of the original show will now doubt be gaguing his performance closely against the much loved David McCallum, who currently appears as Dr. Mallard on NCIS. Armie’s new partner for U.N.C.L.E is Henry Cavill, who plays Napoleon Solo, the CIA agent who now works with his once KGB nemesis.
In Ritchie’s treament, the pair of secret agents team up to stop a shadowy criminal organization that spans countries and allegiances before they can destabilize the world stage with a proliferation of new technology and nuclear bombs. Before they can put the new threat to rest, the agents must first find a German scientist who is the lynchpin to the entire organization. The scientist’s daughter agrees to help them to find her father and try to save the world, in sleek 1960’s style.