Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

An American action film directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Jared Harris and Hugh Grant.
A C.I.A. agent and a K.G.B. agent team up to find a nuclear warhead and protect the daughter of the man who built it. In other words: spies fight spies.
Guy Ritchie's filmography reads like a downward spiral. It started out great with his first two films. Swept Away and Revolver were alright at best and the quality of his work just kept decreasing. The plot in this film was a little jumbled because the viewer doesn't know who is lying or telling the truth to whom and who is on whose side until the end. The characters were typical of a spy action flick. They try to act all cool with weapons, vehicles and violence, but their dialogue lacks substance. The female lead was only female in clothing. She wore dresses, but worked on cars and got violent and arrogant just like the men. The video was more like Ritchie than Swept Away, with many camera angles and lots of fast editing. There was also text on the screen that was animated into the scenes. The audio was like any other action flick: energetic music, guns and explosions. I could hear all of the dialogue, even though a good portion was not in English. This is where that animated text comes in: much of that was stylized subtitles. Overall, I had a hard time believing the same guy who made Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels made this. I rate it tolerable. You might not want to watch it.

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