by Gene Turnbow
Why do sci-fi fans love spy movies? I think it’s because spy movies are so unreal that they belong in the sci-fi/fantasy camp anyway, and maybe that’s why they appeal to the geek faction so much. The James Bond movies of the 1960’s with Sean Connery captured the mood perfectly, yet somehow as the decades roll on, we’ve gotten further and further from what made those movies so engaging and exciting. That’s why I’m so excited about the upcoming movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Based on a popular action television series from the 1960’s, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Napoleon Solo and his Russian counterpart Ilya Kuryakin who must team up to take on a criminal organization, bent on selling nuclear weapons to the highest bidder.
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This captures everything that made the original television series cool. Rather than try to break it out of its 1960’s mold and update it for present day audiences, writer/director Guy Ritchie unapologetically embraces its spirit. Instead of finding novel new ways to break what made the original show what it was, Ritchie uses the 1960’s cultural zeitgeist like a paintbrush, and every brush stroke is a loving homage to the original.
We still don’t know how the story will unfold, of course. For that, you’re going to have to actually go watch the film. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is slated for release August 14th.
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