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

Whose idea was it to make a cold war thriller for a generation that doesn’t know what the cold war was? In the endless search for TV series that haven’t been adapted to the big screen, Warner Bros. has exhumed the popular spy adventure that ran on NBC from 1964 to ’68 (up next: My Three Sons: The Motion Picture). Written and directed by Guy Ritchie, who has graduated from laddish crime comedy (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) to mildly cheeky corporate product (Sherlock Holmes), this remake takes place in 1963, but the tedious story might have come from a million contemporary-set actioners, with the good guys trying to keep mad terrorists from acquiring a computer disc (which in this case looks like the remote control on an old electric blanket). Henry Cavill is the Bond-esque CIA agent, Napoleon Solo; Armie Hammer, as his KGB counterpart, Illya Kuryakin, looks relieved not to be playing the Lone Ranger next to Johnny Depp with a bird on his head.