The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

We subscribed to the DVD plan on Netflix back in January to get La Dolce Vita. Most recently in our queue was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. We saw a huge amount of advertisements for the movie last year while we were in Italy, where a substantial amount of the movie takes place, so we added it to our queue to check it out.

This is a classic Cold-War-era spy movie. Napoleon Solo, American spy extraordinaire, takes on a dangerous mission to cross the Berlin Wall, rescue the daughter of a nuclear scientist, and then escape East Germany. He meets Russian spy <whatever the Russian equivalent of extraordinaire is> Illya Kuryakin, who is also after the woman. He narrowly escapes with his life to meet up with his handler in the CIA. The following day, Napoleon finds out (the hard way) that the CIA and the KGB have decided to team up on this mission. Guess which agent the KGB sends to be his partner? Illya Kuryakin, of course. Personalities and world views clash as the iconic American spy is forced to work with the iconic Russian spy.

When we added it to our queue, we had no idea that the movie wasn’t a stand alone piece. The movie is based on an NBC show from the mid 1960s. The series already has 8 movies made during the initial run of the show. It was a fun action movie with some cool twists. It had a very James Bond feel, but with more realistic spy gadgets, like bugs and trackers. Overall, we enjoyed it. Check it out for your next movie date night.

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