Film & TV

Trailer Watch – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

2015 seems to be a return for the spy genre. With Kingsman: The Secret Service already proving to be a fun time and the latest bond film Spectre coming out in November, the first look at The Man from U.N.C.L.E. seems so packed full of style, charm, and excitement, that it’s a promising outlook for cinematic espionage.

The Man from U. N. C. L. E. is based upon Sam Rolfe’s 1960’s spy-fi series of the same name, and is directed by Guy Ritchie with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the lead roles. Since the start of the decade however, many names have circulated the film, with Steven Soderbergh initially interested in helming the project and stars such as George Clooney and Tom Cruise in what is now Cavill’s role. At the sight of this first look trailer, the developmental struggles appear to be worth the wait.

From a fairly quiet, calm, collected and then tense start, the trailer launches into a car chase consisting of one of the more amusing finishes to such an action event in recent memory. What follows are a series of action set-pieces with witty moments of dialogue sprinkled in between to form a satisfying first look.

As the bad boy CIA agent Napolean Solo, Cavill’s role seems to be the main source of the sharp wit, while Hammer brings a more serious side to espionage with KGB operative Illya Kuryakin, as the two are forced to cooperate in a joint mission against a mysterious organisation linked to nuclear weaponry during the Cold War. It is this contrast in protagonistic portrayal that seems to be the biggest draw to the film, with the pair’s rivalry almost certain to provide some of the standout moments.

The Man from U. N. C. L. E. will be released on August 14th.

Glenn Tanner

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Writer and Editor for the Film & TV section of Impact, Bharat is a keen previewer, reviewer and sometimes just viewer, of all things cinematic and televisual, with a particular passion for biographical pictures, adaptations and sitcoms.

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