A higher class of hero
1963, West Berlin.Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) makes his way through the checkpoint Charlie from East to West Berlin, but notices hes being followed by a man well later discover is Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Solo goes to a chop shop garage where he meets Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander). Gabys father is being forced to build an atom bomb for the Nazis. Solos going to get her out of Berlin so they can find her uncle Rudi (Sylvester Groth) and have him set up a meeting between her and her dad.As they make their way to the border, they're chased by Kuryakin, who turns out to be Solos equal match. However, Solo has help. Waiting on the other side of the wall is a CIA truck that shoots a zip line up to the roof where Solo and Gaby end up. They're able to zip line over the Berlin wall. Kuryakin is right behind them, but the truck backs up, making slack in the line sticking Illya on the other side of the wall.There is a flashback to Kuryakins briefing on Solo.Solo came to Europe during the second world war, but stayed there and became a great criminal. He was eventually captured, but the CIA felt his skills were too good to be wasted in a prison, so they recruited him.In the present, CIA specialist Sanders (Jared Harris) meets with Solo at a park. In the restroom he lays out the mission. While at the urinal he says, "What I'm going to feed you might be bitter." It's innuendo, but nevertheless, its true. It's Illya Kuryakin! They fight. Kuryakin bests Solo in physical combat. The KGB director Oleg (Misha Kuznetsov) comes in and tells Kury, "Don't kill your partner on your first day." Solo asks what that means. Sanders translates. Solo says he understands the words, but what does that mean. Solo and Kury are teaming up on this mission.They have to go to Rome where Kury will pose as Gabys fiancé. Solo will be there posing as an antiquities dealer. They believe a family business there that Gaby's uncle Rudi works for is a front. The business has been in Alexanders (Luca Calvani) family, but its actually his wife Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) who's the brains behind the operation.Kury and Solo get to know each other by revealing what they've discovered in each others files. Solo triggers Kurys rage issues, but the Russian manages to keep them in check.Meanwhile, a man named Waverly (Hugh Grant) checks into the hotel in Rome right before Napoleon does. When Napoleon checks in, he notices a couple of guys who are clearly evil henchmen in the lobby. He has his bags brought to his room, but he takes off.On the streets of Rome, Kury and Gaby bond a little. Solo shows up and tells Kury that hes going to get mugged, just so that the bad guys are sure that hes really a Russian architect, as per his cover, and not a super bad ass secret agent. His instructions are to "be a pussy" and just get mugged. Don't fight back. The mugging happens and even though they take Kurys fathers watch, he manages to suppress his rage and not fight back. They even take Gabys engagement ring. Solo pops up and they all go back to the hotel.Solo and the hotel desk clerk pop open some champagne and have some sexy time. Meanwhile, in the "engaged couple" room, Gaby chugs vodka and tries to get Kury to dance with her. He wont. So she slaps him and they start wrestling. She passes out and he tucks her into bed.In the morning, Solo discovers about a dozen monitoring bugs in his room. He goes to Kury's room and hands them to him telling him that they're Russian made. Kury hands Solo about a dozen bugs too and says that they're American made.Kury picks Gaby up at the front of the hotel and gives her a brand new engagement ring.Solo heads to a party that Victoria is throwing. On the way in, he literally bumps into Waverly (we later find out that he picks his pocket and steals his invitation). Solo crashes the party, gets in a fight with security because he doesn't present an invitation. Victoria takes notice and Solo shows his invitation. He manages to "lift" her necklace and another woman's bracelet. Victoria asks how he got an invitation and who he is. He says his name is Deveny and hes a man who specializes in filling in the gaps in peoples collections. He gives her the bracelet and the necklace.Gaby and Kury are also at the party. Rudi disses Kury by wondering if Gaby is slumming it with a work horse. Kury goes into the bathroom and he cant keep his rage in check anymore and ends up roughing up three rude dudes. Alexander takes a keen liking to Gaby right away.Back at the hotel, Kury has locked himself in the bathroom. It turns out he turned it into a dark room and is developing film. Sure enough, his camera was able to pick up on radiation on clothing at the party. Yep, Gabys dad must be close and working on that atom bomb. Both Solo and Kury say that theyll sleep on this new information, but...In the next shot, they both break into the company's factory in the middle of the night. While Kury is clearly the muscles between the two of them, Solo is more cunning and effortlessly breaks into a large safe. Its empty besides a centrifuge used in making bombs. What Solo didn't count on was an alarm on the safe. They escape by jumping out a window and onto a boat. Solo falls off, swims to a dock where he finds a truck that has someones dinner. He casually dines while Kury gets chased in circles by bad guys on a boat of their own. They blow up Kury's boat. Solo drives away, but thinks better. He goes back and crashes his truck onto the bad guys boat and then rescues a drowning Kury.Victoria sees that the safe has been opened and calls Solos hotel room. Hes not answering. Rudi calls Gaby and asks to apologize to Kury, but she says hes asleep. She then calls room 304 to tell the person on the other end that the meeting is confirmed. Victoria and her goons race to the hotel, but Solo and Kury get there first. She and Solo get it on in his room (807).The next morning, Kury awkwardly turns on a tracker that's on Gabys garter belt. (Lots of sexual tension there).Gaby meets with her uncle and says that she knows her father is there and that he works for him. Rudi asks how she knows. We don't hear her answer just yet. Instead, we see Kury, who's monitoring from afar, start running.Solo meets with Victoria. He pours himself a drink, but shes drugged it. He wakes up strapped to a torture chair. Rudi is an evil Nazi scientist who keeps a scrapbook of all the horrific stuff hes done. He has a blank page just waiting for Solo. Unfortunately, there's a short in the electric chair that Solos in. Kury pops in and rescues Solo and straps Rudi in the chair. He tells them that the warhead is already built. Kury and Solo step out of the room to debate what to do with Rudi. In the background, the short in the electric chair fixes itself and Rudi gets electrocuted to the point of bursting in flames.Gaby is brought to an island where he dad is working. She slaps him and tells him to finish the job. Alexander and Victoria seem happy with this.Meanwhile, Waverly (who turns out to be a member of the British Intelligence) fills Solo and Kury in on whats going on. The Brits knew that it was only a matter of time before someone grabbed Gaby to try to get her dad to finish the atom bomb. They assumed it would be the Nazis who grabbed her. They were surprised that it was the Russians and the Americans. So Gaby has been working undercover with the British this whole time. She gains the trust of the bad guys by telling them that Kury and Solo are secret agents. She knew that her new engagement ring would have a bug in it and that Kury would be listening. Solo says that what he thinks happened was that really the British were working with her, but now that they've lost her, they need the American and the Russians help.Kury and Solo are both told by their respective superiors to get the warhead, the disc with all of professor Tellers research and kill the other if necessary.On the island, Gaby and her dad try to switch lenses on the warhead, but Victoria sees. There's a second warhead there too. She orders Gaby be put in a cell and tells her father to finish or shes dead. He finishes and Victoria takes his disc, the back up hes hidden and shoot him in the head.Time for a super stylized and ultra cool breaking in montage as Solo and Kury storm the island. During it, Napoleon finds Kurys dads watch on a guard and grabs it. They find that Gaby and the warhead at on the far side of the island in a jeep being driven by Alexander. Solo chases in a dune buggy while Kury is on a motorcycle. The vehicles all crash. Alexander and Kury fight and Kury stabs him in the head with his knife. Turns out though, this is the wrong bomb! Victoria disappeared with the right one.Napoleon remembers that Alexanders family used a fishing boat to smuggle gold for the Nazis. Hes able to remember the name of the boat from an old childhood photo of Alexander. They radio the boat and Solo taunts Victoria about the way her husband died. They stay on the radio long enough for the good guys to track the boat. Turns out that the two lenses that were in the bombs make it so that one bomb can take out the other. They launch the decoy bomb and blow up Victoria, the Atom bomb and the fishing boat.Gaby apologizes to Kury and returns the engagement ring. He tells her to keep it so that he can know if she ever needs him. Kury's boss tells him that the professors disc wasn't destroyed. Solo has it. Kury goes to his room. Solo pours drinks for the two of them. Kury sees the disc and is filling with rage. Solo gives him his dads watch and shows him the disc. They both decide to destroy it. Waverly and Gaby show up. Waverly says that he's decided to keep the group together for awhile and that they have a new code-name: UNCLE. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement).Over the end credits we see everyone's dossiers. In one little detail, Gaby is currently learning to speak Russian.
Score: 73 %
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