What if two agents of the opposite countries work together on the same mission? If it happens today, the use of high-tech tools might save the audience from boredom. But, in 1960s, it is the comedy that provides savior.
The movie depicts East Berlin in 1960s. One day, Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) has a mission to extract Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin. At the same time, Ilya Kuryakin (Arnie Hammer), a KGB agent, is ordered to stop such mission. Gaby’s father is an alleged Nazi scientist turned USA collaborator at the end of WW II. The fact that Gaby’s uncle, Rudi, works in a shipping company owned by a couple of Nazi sympathizers has forced CIA and KGB to cooperate to overcome further danger worldwide. It’s all because of the couple, i.e. the Vinciguerra’s, orders Gaby’s father to build private nuclear weapon for them. Both governments want the research document.
Then Kuryakin, Solo and Gaby go to Rome by staying undercover. Their mission is to infiltrate the company to discover the level of completion of the nuclear weapon. The brilliant Kuryakin – with the aid of classic but powerful tools of the KGB – manages to discover that the weapon is about to be completed. There comes a series of actions, in which Gaby’s father, Udo, is killed by Victoria Vinciguerra. There’s no drama. Gaby’s emotion is quite unknown.
Though Solo and Kuryakin have dispute and conflict at the beginning of their mission, they manage to be friend eventually. Together with Gaby, both agents are then united by Waverly (Hugh Grant), an MI6 agent, who reassigns them all under his command to a new international organization. At the end of the movie, Waverly has them sent to Istanbul to work on new mission under their new code name: U.N.C.L.E.