Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
spies in the Bible
proliferation of nuclear weapons
|Featuring:||Henry Cavill … Napoleon Solo
Armie Hammer … Illya Kuryakin
Hugh Grant … Waverly
Alicia Vikander … Gaby Teller
Jared Harris … Sanders
Elizabeth Debicki … Victoria Vinciguerra
Ekaterina Zalitko … Pit girl
Luca Calvani … Alexander
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|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“Don’t kill your new partner on the first day”
“The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is a stylish spy film with comedic flair. We meet Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), an American spy sent to find a woman whose estranged father is helping build a nuclear weapon. They are followed by a Russian KGB (Armie Hammer) agent, and, to their surprise, they end up working together to impact the Cold War.
The plot has a familiar spy film storyline, but a more stylized take on the traditional spy movie which can only be attributed to the director Guy Ritchie. Actor Henry Cavill, who we know as Superman does an amazing job of breaking character and taking on this entirely different role. He conveys the dapper spy perfectly. His co-star Armie Hammer, who we know as The Lone Ranger, has a convincing Russian accent to go with great performance as a KGB agent. Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) is the female lead, and seems out of place with the caliber of acting supplied by her two co-stars. The supporting cast is so precise in their roles, it truly makes the film enjoyable.
The objectionable content, although not gratuitous is a cause for concern. Let’s start with violent fist fights, a gritty car chase and Nazi implied elements of torture with graphic pictures. While no overt sex is shown, it is highly implied, with a woman half naked shown from the back. Alcohol is used frequently. Much of violence is conducive to the plot.
There isn’t much biblical truth to draw from this film. One recurring theme is the importance of following orders and coming to a point where you stand up for what is true and what is right. We, as Christians, are getting a point in our society where the world is telling us to ignore the Bible and the truth of Scripture and just follow orders or political correctness—social pressure.
As for recommendation for this film, I enjoyed the cool feel and look, the intricate plot, and the top shelf acting, so I think it’s worth seeing on the big screen. It is a Hollywood film, with objectionable content, so be aware of that if you decide to view it.
Violence: Heavy to extreme / Language: Moderate—hell (1), damn (2), a** (1), p*ssy (1) / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.