Rental Recommendation – ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

He’s no Bond, James Bond.  But he’ll do if you’re looking for a nice 007-esque rental movie. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is available today at Amazon to rent or buy.  The movie will be available at Redbox on December 1 and Netflix December 15.


At the center of this foreign intelligence caper are the two counter espionage spies belonging to each superpower. “Man of Steel” lead Henry Cavill doffs his Superman cape in place of well-timed laughs and quick—but never rushed—action sequences in this movie. It’s easy to see how the Brit Cavill was the director’s pick to reprise the role of James Bond in 2006’s “Casino Royale” before the older Daniel Craig landed the coveted 007 role.

Cavill’s debonair and fearless appearance smacks of All-American cowboy in comparison to his unimpressed Russian sidekick and co-spy, Illya Kuryakin (overplayed by Armie Hammer). While Hammer, most remembered for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in 2010’s “The Social Network”, makes an effective Russian sleuth teamed with Cavill, the real Cold War prize in this movie is “Ex Machina” (2015) robotic eye candy Alicia Vikander.  You can read my entire “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” movie review here.

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity.  It’s running time is 1 hour and 56 minutes.

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