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How is a movie based on a video game more soulless than the game itself? The knock against the world of gaming has long been that they lack a human element, but Ruben Fleischer ’s “Uncharted” feels emptier than the award-winning franchise on which it’s based. Dominated by green screen special effects and thin treasure-hunt plotting, “Uncharted” fundamentally lacks the sense of adventure that turned the Sony games into some of the most beloved of all time. What’s most startling is how much the games themselves feel more cinematic in terms of world building, character, and narrative than the actual movie. It’s not quite as disastrous as some video game adaptations, and it’s at least light enough on its feet to never insult the intelligence of its fan base as so many of these movies tend to do. However, “Uncharted” seems to want to ride the goodwill of the video game adventures of Nathan Drake more than create any of its own; it takes no risks and feels like a bare minimum effort in terms of storytelling. Roger famously said that video games can never be art . The ones on which this movie is based are certainly more artistic.
Nathan Drake ( Tom Holland ) was conceived as a throwback to Indiana Jones and the serial adventure films that inspired him. He should be a smooth-talking treasure hunter, someone who exists in a slightly gray moral area wherein stealing priceless artifacts is warranted because no one else can really appreciate them like Drake. Holland has the agility but quite simply lacks the weight and world-weariness needed for a character like Drake, who was raised in an orphanage and is willing to steal to make ends meet. If Indiana was typically the smartest person in a room, Drake needs to be the one with the sharpest instincts, someone who sees the puzzles of history from a place of expertise and courage. Holland is a smart actor, but he’s just wrong here, always looking a little bit like a kid dressing up as his favorite video game character.
While working at a bar and stealing jewelry from his patrons, Drake is approached by Victor Sullivan aka Sully ( Mark Wahlberg ), who tells him that he got close to one of the most famous lost treasures in history with Nathan’s brother Sam. They stole the diary of the famous explorer Juan Sebastian Elcano, which will guide them to treasure that was hidden by the Magellan expedition. They quickly cross paths with Santiago Moncada (an Antonio Banderas so underutilized that one has to believe half his part was cut), the heir to the family that funded the original expedition. Moncada’s will is enforced by the tough Jo Braddock ( Tati Gabrielle ) and the boys reunite with an old colleague of Sully’s in Barcelona named Chloe Frazier ( Sophia Ali , who pretty much steals the movie).
“Uncharted” bounces these characters off each other on a journey to Spain and the Philippines, but nothing has any weight to it. It’s green screen performing that ignores how much setting can matter in a film like this one. Design never once feels like a consideration, whether Nathan and Chloe are crawling through a nondescript tunnel to hidden treasure or Sully is getting into one of the few fight scenes in an actual Papa John’s. A film like “Uncharted” needs to transport audiences. We need to go on the journey, not just watch actors pretend to fall out of planes. The “Uncharted” games take players around the world. You’ll never once get that feeling during this cold, distant adventure film.
If anything saves “Uncharted” from the depths of the worst video game adaptations, it’s the relative charm of the cast. Holland may be miscast, but he’s just an incredibly likable movie star, and I hope he can find parts that better utilize his charms. Wahlberg creates a nice balance between his charisma and the exhausted tone of a treasure hunter who has seen and done enough, and just wants that final gig that can set him up for life. Banderas is wasted and Gabrielle is inconsistent, but Ali is arguably the one performer who gets that “Uncharted” should be fun. She gives the film some much-needed energy and unpredictability when she's on-screen.
“Uncharted” is another one of those projects that has been through so many potential production teams over the years that it lost its identity. There are reports going back to 2008 about different filmmakers trying to get this movie made and David O. Russell , Neil Burger , Joe Carnahan , Shawn Levy , Dan Trachtenberg , and Travis Knight were all rumored or even attached at different points. When a project goes through so many iterations over the years, it can often lead to a final film that feels like a compromise, a watered-down version that took the most common, most basic elements of everything that had been suggested over the years. “Uncharted” checks boxes for fans and newbies but does so in such a predictable manner that it lacks any edge or spark. I’ve played through some of the “Uncharted” games from beginning to end more than once, a multiple-hour commitment. It may only take two to watch it, but I’ll probably never see this movie again.
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Uncharted heads into familiar action-adventure territory making for a forgettable video game adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: C | Dec 4, 2022
While Uncharted rarely veers away from the charted territory, the film has enough fun with itself for an enjoyable ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Nov 5, 2022
If you squint hard enough, you'll see what makes Holland great—charm, charisma, aw-shucks levels of approachability—but none of it saves the flick from being utterly forgettable.
Full Review | Oct 12, 2022
Uncharted seems fresh in the era of superhero blockbusters. Saying it’s not as great as one of the best video game series ever shouldn’t be a massive indictment as it’s a fun ride with a clear respect for the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10 | Sep 10, 2022
A globe-hopping adventure that manages to be visually boring and charm-sucking.
Full Review | Aug 26, 2022
It’s a fun ride, and there’s a cool cameo for gamers to enjoy, but it is not quite the film I had hoped it would be.
Full Review | Aug 23, 2022
“Uncharted” really leans on its star power, especially Holland who plays a very Holland-like character – charismatic, boyishly charming, a bit daffy, and with an unshakable innocence (even when he tries to talk tough).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 16, 2022
The film's secret weapon is Tom Holland's natural athleticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 10, 2022
If you are after a relatively generic action-adventure, Uncharted probably fits the bill – although a Marvel-like reliance on digital effects does let down its larger action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10 | Aug 9, 2022
Amidst the lukewarm broth of deepfakes and green screen that make for the main entertainment of this film, there are very few fun, memorable moments except for the most stupid ones, and we'd rather forget about those. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10 | Jul 11, 2022
There's just enough that gleams here to be watchable. It's a film with a few shiny coins in its bag, rather than a whole bar, cavern or ship of riches.
Full Review | Jun 25, 2022
Uncharted plays out like a very middle-of-the-road treasure hunt movie which emulates the likes of Indiana Jones and National Treasure and comes off as an uninventive re-tread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Jun 10, 2022
There have been worse movies this year. Maybe even this month. But I'm not sure those are more unnecessary than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B- | Jun 9, 2022
This film will not have you returning to it time and time again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | May 29, 2022
A new [kind of] bland brand movie prefabricated to fit into the superhero film panorama... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | May 25, 2022
Given the sorry history of movies based on video games -- there's last year's rollicking Werewolves Within and then there's everything else -- Uncharted is probably better than it had any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | May 21, 2022
I don't know anything about the video game... but I A) was able to follow it, and B) I had fun watching to it.... They took the very basic background of the video game and they just told a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | May 20, 2022
We now have enough data to state unequivocally there will never be a truly great movie adapted from a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | May 19, 2022
... Ends up being an entertaining yet disappointing film. [Full review in Spanish]
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Parents need to know that Uncharted is a treasure hunt action-adventure movie that's based on the popular video game series featuring hero Nathan Drake ( Tom Holland ). Expect lots of largely bloodless action violence, much of it in the form of set pieces in which the main characters have to fight faceless, dehumanized minions to get into or out of a location. Characters are frequently in mortal danger, including dangling from a flying plane and being trapped in an underground cavern that's filling with water. Guns are used, and people are killed by being hurled off of vehicles and falling great distances; one has his throat slit, and viewers see some blood and his dead body. Sexual content is limited to flirting, suggestive looks, and a scene that shows people in bed, implying that they slept together. While two of the main characters are women who are depicted as just as strong and brave as the men, they also wear clingy and sometimes unrealistically bare costumes that would be difficult to fight in, including spiked heels. Language includes "s--t," "son of a bitch," "hell," "oh my God," and more. Characters drink frequently; in one scene, three people share at least 10 bottles of wine and appear bleary and sloppy afterward. One character holds a cigarette and tries to light it but doesn't succeed. Drake is depicted as more heroic than the other characters because he doesn't betray his fellow adventurers, yet, like them, he pursues the lost Spanish gold at seemingly any cost, without concern for death and injury.
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Based on the popular action-adventure video game series that started with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune , UNCHARTED focuses on the game's main protagonist: treasure hunter Nathan Drake ( Tom Holland ). Claiming that he and his long-lost brother, Sam (played as a teen by Rudy Pankow), are descended from renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake, Nathan is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan ( Mark Wahlberg ) to search for the lost riches of Ferdinand Magellan, with the grudging accompaniment of their associate Chloe ( Sophia Ali ). But they aren't the only team on the hunt: Nathan and Sully's globe-trotting forays are closely followed by the ruthless and well-funded Moncada ( Antonio Banderas ) and his hired gun, Braddock (Tati Gabrielle).
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Beautiful to look at and crammed with heart-stopping adventure sequences set in picturesque foreign lands, this video game adaptation is thrilling, if overly long and morally iffy. What Uncharted mainly has going for it is adept adventure set piece directing and star Holland, who's an affable, even charming, lead. Nate is relatably anxious in the midst of mortal danger yet both game and good-humored, a fantastic foil for Wahlberg's Sully, who leans toward blank-faced derring-do. Holland's easygoing vibe makes viewers want to root for Nate on his quest in beautiful places and through immeasurable danger.
But that quest is more enjoyable if you switch off your brain before watching. It can't be denied that the only difference between Nate and Sully and the better-funded Moncada team that opposes them is that we're told the Moncada family is involved in criminal enterprises. Real bad stuff, the film tells us in a few throwaway lines, and then, poof!, Sully and Nate are seemingly cleared to kill as many people as they want in horrible ways in pursuit of treasure. That doesn't sound like a particularly heroic quest, but the film treats it as such (none of the characters questions whether this is a worthy goal, even when lives lost in the hunt mount into the dozens), which certainly detracts from the messages viewers might otherwise take away. Fans of the video games may not care: Scenes in which Nate and Sully leap through midair from planes and helicopters and ancient Spanish galleons are certainly exciting, and the Holland-and-Wahlberg buddy team is pleasant enough to anchor the movie if you don't think too hard about it.
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- In theaters : February 18, 2022
- On DVD or streaming : May 10, 2022
- Cast : Tom Holland , Mark Wahlberg , Sophia Ali
- Director : Ruben Fleischer
- Studio : Columbia Pictures
- Genre : Action/Adventure
- Topics : Adventures
- Run time : 116 minutes
- MPAA rating : PG-13
- MPAA explanation : violence/action and language
- Last updated : February 25, 2023
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‘Uncharted’ Review: Steal, Fight, Repeat
This inaptly titled treasure-hunt adventure recycles all the familiar clichés while giving Tom Holland a strenuous physical workout.
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At least give Sony credit for recycling. That is the best that can be said for its nitwit treasure-hunt movie “Uncharted,” an amalgam of clichés that were already past their sell-by date when Nicolas Cage plundered the box office in Disney’s “National Treasure” series. Now, it is Tom Holland’s turn to cash in with a musty story about ancient loot, old maps, lost ships, invisible ink and a wealthy scoundrel with disposable minions. But while he’s following in Cage’s inimitable footsteps, Holland also seems in training to become Tom Cruise 2.0.
The similarities between “Uncharted” and the first “National Treasure” are notable, with both movies adhering to the same booty-questing template. Each opens with a flashback of the protagonist as a wee lad eagerly being primed for adventure by an older male relative, a misty rite of passage that seems calculated to put a family-friendly stamp on an otherwise greed-driven setup. In “National Treasure,” the kid soon becomes a character played by Cage, whose singular, offbeat performance style can elevate and disrupt crummy material.
In “Uncharted,” the boy grows up to become a neo-buccaneer played by the boyish Holland, a likable, exuberantly physical performer who has traded his Spider-Man responsibilities for more old-school heroic duty. The Hollywood action movie seems an open field right now partly because most of the male stars who headline non-comic-book blockbusters are middle-aged or older. Holland is 25. He’s cute without being threatening or distractingly, Chalamet-esquely beautiful, and has enough presence and training ( dance, gymnastics, parkour ) that he can bluff and breeze past clichés while gracefully bouncing through fights and obstacles.
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Cruise will be 61 when the next “Mission: Impossible” finally (maybe) opens in July 2023. He’s likely to keep going Energizer Bunny-style for years to come. Still, the paucity of young male actors who have the profile, credits and skill set to sell studio goods like “Uncharted” may prove a lucrative opportunity for Holland and his treasure-seeking handlers. At any rate that may explain the images of his character, Nate Drake, a thief who moonlights as a bartender (or vice versa), pulling some smooth moves on the job, a bit of juggling tomfoolery that instantly triggers images of Cruise in “Cocktail.”
Soon enough, though, Nate leaves behind his gig and his New York pad for an international escapade that he embarks on in tandem with Mark Wahlberg’s Sully, a more experienced, openly untrustworthy thief. A veteran of workaday blockbusters, Wahlberg serves twinned functions here as a presold pop-culture brand and an archetypal mentor for Nate. Sully can sprint, fight and trade unfunny quips without breaking a sweat, and Wahlberg is just fine delivering the same gruff, regular-guy performance that he always does. He shares top billing with Holland, but Wahlberg is largely onboard as training wheels for the younger actor.
“Uncharted” is based on a PlayStation game of the same name that first hit in 2007 and that tracks the globe-trotting doings of its Everyman hero, said to be descended from the British privateer Sir Francis Drake. The movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer, nods to the game and Sir Francis, who circumnavigated the globe in the 16th century and was instrumental in England’s challenge to Spain. Given the current climate, though, it’s a surprise that the movie didn’t quietly ignore Sir Francis, who participated in establishing the slave trade . In 2020, a statue of Sir Francis in Britain was draped in chains with a sign reading “decolonize history.”
Hollywood’s penchant for ignoring inconvenient historical truths means that the movie leans into Sir Francis’s globe-trotting and plundering as well as his fight against the Spanish, in this case through the proxy figure of Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas). A Barcelona moneybags, Santiago is out to enhance his fortune with the same treasure that Nate and Sully are chasing. It’s a bit of a bummer to see Banderas back in this type of throwaway role, though presumably stars can’t live on Pedro Almodóvar movies alone. Mostly, Banderas handsomely scowls, barks orders and helps keep the machinery chugging.
For his part, Nate grins and grimaces, runs and leaps, nimbly going through many of the same action-movie paces that heroic avatars have long gone through. He also types on a computer keyboard, wears a tux at a fancy party à la James Bond and flirts with a romantic foil, Chloe (Sophia Ali). Like the movie’s scariest baddie, Braddock (Tati Gabrielle), Chloe is one of those tough — but sexy! — female characters who’s more physically in the mix than she would have been in the past, back when the love interest was played by the blonde du jour. But while Chloe and Braddock are clearly adding something new to the same old story, they’re still performing the same old roles for yet another Hollywood male contender.
Uncharted Rated PG-13 for relatively bloodless death and violence. Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes. In theaters.
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Tom holland’s star power can’t keep ‘uncharted’ on the right course.
Tom Holland puts his considerable charm to the test in “Uncharted,” a movie built around the Spider-Man star and wild aerial acrobatics. Based on a PlayStation game, it’s better seen than heard, but the action looks good on an Imax screen, which was clearly the modest goal while seeking to approximate the tone of something like “National Treasure.”
Clearly recognizing its best sequence, the film begins with Holland’s Nathan Drake hanging on for dear life tethered to the floating cargo of an airborne plane, providing an adrenaline rush before flashing back to explain how and why he got there.
The “why” is beyond basic, with Nathan enlisted by fortune hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to assist him in pursuing billions in gold legendarily hidden by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.
Describing the centuries-old bounty as “the biggest treasure that’s never been found,” Sully thinks the lad can help because he might possess knowledge provided by his long-lost brother, although Nathan proves himself both knowledgeable about the lore and handy in a pinch.
The frequent pinches come thanks to rival seekers of the gold, among them the wealthy heir Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), his henchwoman Braddock (“You’s” Tati Gabrielle) and Sully’s grudging partner Chloe (“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sophia Ali), who shares his every-person-for-themselves mentality.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer ( “Venom” and “Zombieland”), “Uncharted” drops toward the wrong end of the chart every time Holland and Wahlberg engage in juvenile bickering, which alas is all too often. The one strange thing is that the funniest insult they exchange appears in the trailer but not the actual movie, and any good dialogue here is too rare to wind up on the cutting-room floor.
Those shortcomings merely underscore the video-game roots, leaving trifles like adding a third dimension to the characters as unnecessary distractions. While the action scenes proves kinetic and occasionally visceral, the cerebral aspects of deciphering where X marks the spot mostly amount to tedious time-killing between them.
That leaves behind what’s at best a B movie with A-level stunts, similar to the playfulness of Netflix’s recent heist caper “Red Notice,” without the same abundance of superhero star power in its quiver.
For all that, Holland remains innately likable, and after his dark, non-super forays in “Cherry” and “The Devil All the Time,” provides the primary anchor to an unpretentious film that seemingly harbors both champagne wishes and sequel dreams.
Stranger things have happened, but if “Uncharted” had truly wanted to chart a franchise course, its cartographers should have begun by mapping out a stronger game plan.
“Uncharted” premieres in US theaters on Feb. 18. It’s rated PG-13 .
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Uncharted is a swashbuckling good time. The critics must be crazy.
Uncharted is a swashbuckling good time—a film that deviates in some ways from the video games, but sticks to their spirit, aesthetic and themes in every way that counts.
While I never pictured Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, he works quite well as a younger version of the treasure hunter we’ve come to know and love in the PlayStation exclusives from Naughty Dog.
The movie version differs in many ways from the games, but draws from them in all the ways that count: There are familiar set-pieces—the plane, the lost pirate ship, the Catholic orphanage—and scenarios—Nathan’s long-lost brother, Sam and the mystery surrounding his disappearance—and, of course, the cast of beloved characters.
While Mark Wahlberg’s Victor “Sully” Sullivan is quite a bit different from the video game version, I was actually pleasantly surprised by his performance. Wahlberg and Holland play well off one another, and as a “young Drake” and “young Sully” pairing, they pull it off. Again, we’re in “spirit of the games” territory here more than simply the look.
Holland doesn’t really look like Nathan Drake and Wahlberg doesn’t really look like Sully, but they still manage to bring the duo to life. Unlike the games, this is the story of the beginning of their partnership (and friendship) rather than a relationship that’s been built up over decades.
I liked the rest of the cast as well. Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, and Tati Gabrielle as the villain, Jo Braddock, are both solid casting choices, though Braddock never really becomes anything more than a one-note villain.
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As for the rest of the movie, it sits nicely in the “big cinematic action-adventure-treasure-heist” genre that the Uncharted games occupy. The story isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s perfectly fine and entertaining. There’s plenty of double-crossing, lots of jaw-dropping action and a good dose of humor throughout.
One thing I think the film does incredibly well is capture the spirit of puzzle-solving and tomb-raiding that the Uncharted game franchise is known for. It’s a pitch-perfect rendition of the many absurd puzzles we encounter in the games.
I always ask myself, “What kind of pirate buries their treasure and then concocts all these incredibly meticulous, over-the-top puzzles and booby-traps just to find the map?” It’s absurd but in a fun, engrossing way—just like the games, which themselves are based off of Indiana Jones and The Goonies and other similar adventure stories, all of which I also love.
To be fair, I’m not sure I’d place Uncharted the movie on the same pedestal as Indiana Jones or The Goonies, but then again this is just the first outing in what I hope becomes a new movie franchise. The movie has clearly been set up with a sequel in mind, and I can imagine it growing into its own shoes, so to speak. Also, any critic worth their salt should remember that the pedestal we place classic films on is one bulwarked by nostalgia.
A child who grows up on Holland’s Uncharted may look back on it with the same fondness I look back on The Last Crusade (though how can you beat Harrison Ford and Sean Connery as Indiana and his father?)
It’s not a perfect movie, no doubt, with perhaps a bit too much reliance on CGI and incompetent bad guys, but overall I enjoyed it a great deal. It also did two things better than the games: Not as much climbing and not as much shooting. I’ll have more to say about that in a separate piece.
The Critics Must Be Crazy
Critics are wrong about Tom Holland's 'Uncharted'
As you can see, I am in the minority of critics on this one—but well within the majority when it comes to the audience reaction. This is a huge disparity, too. Just 40% of critics give Uncharted a passing grade , while 90% of viewers enjoyed the film. The movie’s Cinema Score rating is “B+” which, while not as good as an “A” obviously, is still well above what we’d expect from such a Rotten tomato.
The action-disaster film Moonfall, for instance, received a 38% critic score on RT, with a 70% audience score—and a C+ Cinema Score (which is based on polling audiences directly as they leave theaters) . Viewers are not as happy with that one as they are Uncharted, though still generally more positive than critics. But the critical reception is almost identical to Uncharted.
Actually, there’s not much to report about the why behind critics’ distaste for this film. Many just found it bland or mediocre. Some critics who were fans of the games thought it didn’t live up to the source material, which is fair enough, though I think it’s pretty hard to adapt a video game and this one has more faithfully than most. Others called it an “Indiana Jones wannabee” which, well, yeah that’s kind of the point.
I wondered if we’d see any commentary on the fact that two white dudes were the heroes of the story while a Latin guy and a black chick were the villains—but I haven’t seen any so far, so that’s good! I think it’s great to see a diverse cast, regardless of who plays the hero and who plays the villain ( which is also why I’m not swayed by arguments that movies like Black Widow are somehow anti-male ).
I have noticed, in the past, certain ideological bents to these wildly disparate critic and audience scores. When I wrote about Ghostbusters: Afterlife for this very reason , I touched on this same question. Some critics still seemed angry that the all-female Ghostbusters didn’t make a splash, and viewed the new picture as revanchist (in ways it really wasn’t at all). All that culture war nonsense that plagued the first Ghostbusters reboot carried over to this one, and more’s the pity.
Again, I’m not going to say that Uncharted was the perfect movie, but as far as video game adaptations go it was a solid effort, and felt very true to the games. I think I went in with pretty low expectations, and ended up being pleasantly surprised. I think a “B+” is about right, though grading on a “video game adaptation” curve I’d go a bit higher.
A fun, rollicking adventure flick with likable protagonists, fun puzzles and big set-pieces—what’s not to love? Isn’t that basically the gist of the games?
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P.S. It’s interesting that 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot scored so evenly among critics and audiences, with the former at 52% and the latter at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
I thought that was a really good adaptation of the rebooted video game franchise , and I think Walton Goggins’s Mathias Vogel was a far more interesting villain than any of Uncharted’s bad guys .
But what that film lacked, Uncharted has in spades: Namely, the Drake/Sully duo and a lot of exciting tomb-raiding / puzzle-solving. But I enjoyed Tomb Raider also, if not quite as much. And not just because I’m an Alicia Vikander fanboy, either, though she did a terrific job as Lara Croft.
Both Uncharted and Tomb Raider strike me as solid first entries in potentially very fun film franchises. Fortunately, Tomb Raider’s sequel is still in the works, now under the stewardship of Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green; and Uncharted is a box-office hit , leading Motion Picture Group Chairman and CEO Tom Rothman to call it a “a new hit movie franchise.”
Now we just have to wait until 2023 for HBO’s The Last Of Us, the second Naughty Dog game series to be adapted, this time for the small-screen. Don’t expect as many laughs, or as many hijinks, with the Pedro Pascal-led drama, however. While Uncharted can go dark sometimes, The Last Of Us basically lives in darkness.
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‘Uncharted’ charts a predictable course
Though it has its charms, mark wahlberg and tom holland don't cover new ground in this average action-adventure film..
By Kevin Slane
In the new action-adventure movie “Uncharted,” there’s a moment where Nathan Drake (“Spider-Man” star Tom Holland) glimpses an elderly nun shuffling through a medieval cathedral.
“Nuns. Why’s it always gotta be nuns?” he mutters, an obvious nod to a famous line uttered by Indiana Jones, the spiritual forefather to Drake’s globetrotting mercenary.
That the comment is neither clever nor especially relevant to the plot is immaterial. It’s an Easter Egg for fans of the popular video game series from which the movie is adapted, and a reference for film fans venturing to the multiplex this weekend in search of Spielbergian adventure.
While “Uncharted” does manage to provide two hours of passable if unspectacular entertainment, it certainly doesn’t live up to its title, instead charting a well-trodden path previously covered by the likes of “National Treasure,” “The Da Vinci Code,” and, yes, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
The story of “Uncharted” more or less begins with a flashback to Nathan’s childhood in Boston at an orphanage. His older brother Sam teached him the life of a streetwise pickpocket, which leads the state to separate them. Before Sam slips the authority’s grasp, he vows to reunite with Nathan one day. Fast-forward 15 years, and Nathan is working as a bartender, distracting wealthy marks with his fast talk and undeniable charm while nabbing their wallets and jewelry.
Very quickly, Nathan is visited by Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), a conniving con-man in search of an ancient treasure tied to explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Nathan initially refuses, but when Victor reveals that Sam was searching for the treasure as well, Nathan joins the hunt.
After that, the plot stops really mattering. Nathan and Sully steal some stuff, get double-crossed, shot at, and travel all over the globe, all while engaging in witty if perfunctory banter.
The action set pieces in “Uncharted” are some of the best scenes of the film, with director Ruben Fleishcer (“Zombieland”) staging a number of bravura sequences that pull directly from the video game series. One sequence based on a mission in “Uncharted 3,” in which Nathan leaps his way through the air at 30,000 feet back toward the plane he just fell out of, is a particular highlight.
It may not shock you to learn that Wahlberg has little trouble playing Sully, a gruff hoodlum who peppers Nate with a steady stream of banter directly in the Dorchester native’s wheelhouse. It’s hardly heavy lifting for Wahlberg, but he performs it with aplomb.
Of the supporting cast, the highlight has to be Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada, a ruthless treasure hunter whose family lineage ties him to the same $5 billion treasure Nate and Sully are hunting. Banderas plays the Bond villain-esque role with ease, disposing of useless henchmen and intrusive family members with a cold sneer.
Holland, 25, has now played Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe six times, and “Uncharted” should have been the perfect opportunity for the actor to show his range as a new type of action hero. Instead, what we get is a Peter Parker rehash, with Holland leaning on his aw-shucks persona when the character doesn’t call for it.
Holland still fares better than most of the supporting cast, who merely serve as useful vessels to advance the film’s pedestrian plot. Tati Gabrielle plays Braddock, a deadly assassin who does little more than show up and cause trouble. As fellow mercenary Chloe Frazer, Sophia Ali typifies the film’s worst impulse, in which every single scene involves characters double- or triple-crossing each other for approximately 30 seconds before begrudgingly deciding to trust each other again. By midway through the film, you won’t particularly care who finds the treasure, how they do it, or when it will happen.
With omicron case numbers finally dropping, fans desperate for a big-screen movie experience could do worse than “Uncharted.” It’s an inferior version of a roller-coaster ride you’ve ridden 100 times before, but even still has its charms, especially when you haven’t been to an amusement park in two years.
Should you watch “Uncharted”?
“Uncharted” is a movie that benefits from a big-screen experience, and fans of Holland or Wahlberg will no doubt find plenty of entertaining moments. But the film is by no means a must-watch. Catching it on-demand somewhere down the line — or even flipping to the right 30 minutes of it while channel-surfing sometime in 2023 — is a fine alternative.
Rating: 2 stars (out of 4)
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Uncharted’s road to gold is plagued by its bros
Drake and his dad in the club meets tomb raider.
By Charles Pulliam-Moore
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Columbia Pictures’ new Uncharted movie from Venom director Ruben Fleischer is a testament to the idea that the longer much-buzzed-about adaptations of beloved franchises linger in development hell, the more likely they are to emerge from it — that is if they ever do — as warped misfires that might have been better kept in the drafts. Uncharted isn’t the first movie this is true of. But unlike so many other adaptations in this class, which tend to feel hamstrung by a lack of understanding of what people like about the source material, you do get the sense watching Uncharted that everyone involved vaguely “gets” what all the fuss is meant to be about. Uncharted knows what it’s supposed to be — the problem’s that it is profoundly uninterested in being that thing.
Uncharted draws upon elements from multiple Uncharted games in order to build a story around a younger, more inexperienced Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) who’s sucked into the jet setting, tomb raiding lifestyle after a not-so-chance encounter with conman / treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). Though Nathan, a lonesome bartender with a troubled past and no close family in the present day, knows better than to trust smooth-talking strangers who pick pockets better than he does, Sully’s able to earn the younger man’s trust and recruit him onto a big job by playing up his connections and similarities to Nathan’s long-lost brother, Sam.
Technically, Uncharted opens on one of its surprisingly few major set pieces that take place towards the end of the movie before jumping back in time to focus on Nathan and Sully’s meeting. But Nathan’s path to lost treasure actually begins back in his adolescence when he (Tiernan Jones in flashbacks) and Sam (Rudy Pankow) were just two wayward boys sneaking out of their orphanage to steal valuable pieces of history from museums, as children are wont to do. What Uncharted attempts to do in its opening scenes is convey to you how Nathan and Sam’s love for treasure hunting and their being ripped away from each other in their youth laid the groundwork for the adult Nathan to become the sort of person to be won over by Sully’s charms. But what Uncharted inadvertently ends up doing instead is drawing attention to its own indecision about who its main character is and what kind of people they are.
Uncharted can’t decide who its main character is
Watching Holland and Wahlberg try to play off of one another in basically any of the movie’s comedic scenes is like gazing into a sharp crystallization of just how fraught Uncharted ’s journey to the big screen was. Long before it shifts fully into action mode, Uncharted tries to sell you on the idea of itself as a buddy adventure flick. But the bulk of Nathan and Sully’s banter falls flat due to an unfortunate blend of questionable chemistry and hackneyed dialogue that makes even the dullest of video game cutscenes shine by comparison.
Wahlberg, who was one of the frontrunners to play Drake over a decade ago, neither seems particularly excited about nor down on the idea of playing Sully — he just looms like a reminder of the Uncharted movie that could have been. Holland’s Nathan is, by comparison, the more engaging of the two characters, but the degree to which Uncharted attempts to rely on Holland’s boyish charm to carry it ends up hurting the film in a way that becomes progressively more noticeable as it goes on and more characters are introduced. This might not be such a glaring issue if Nathan and Sully’s brotherly camaraderie wasn’t meant to be Uncharted ’s beating heart, and if the film had the wherewithal to at least try to make some of its supporting characters feel like people instead of walking, talking callbacks to the games.
By the time that Nathan and Sully set out on their mission to track down a lost treasure hidden by Magellan’s crew, there’s still plenty of Uncharted to get through, but because the film can’t commit to a focus or a tone, it continues to feel much longer than it actually is all throughout.
The Uncharted franchise isn’t just Tomb Raider for Men™, but this movie is
Uncharted doesn’t really want you to think about why Sully and other hunters like Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali) and Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle) are only able to finally start getting leads once Nathan shows up even though they’ve all been hunting for this specific treasure for ages. The movie also doesn’t especially want you to notice the fact that none of the puzzle solving or clue hunting that Nathan himself does appear to be very difficult or clever. What Uncharted does want, though, is to give you the feeling of being whisked away to gorgeous, foreign locales, where no one takes much of an issue with folks showing up to hack away at valuable pieces of history.
The Uncharted franchise has its merits and isn’t just Tomb Raider for Men™, but that’s definitely the impression one could take away from this film for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, its apparent allergy to developing female characters beyond being quippy prizes for its male leads to lust after. Uncharted ’s greatest sin, however, is the sureness with which it presents you with the potential for future installments — installments this movie’s ending neither earns nor warrants.
Uncharted also stars Antonio Banderas, Steven Waddington, and Pingi Moli and hits theaters on February 18th.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Uncharted’ on Netflix, a High-Flying Treasure Hunt That Turns Tom Holland Into Peter Parkour
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Now on Netflix, Uncharted currently stands as a Top 10 theatrical box office performer of 2022 , thanks in part to three things: One, star Tom Holland, AKA Spider-Man No. 3. Two, well-established source material (namely, a 40-plus-million-selling video game series about an intrepid young adventurer and treasure hunter). And three, escapism, probably? During more than a decade of development, the movie adaptation cycled through a half-dozen directors before landing on Zombieland and Venom guy Ruben Fleischer; Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle round out the cast, who spent all kinds of time jumping and shooting and whatever in front of green screens for a movie that turns the guy best known as Peter Parker into Peter Parkour (which, frankly, isn’t much of a leap, apologies for the pun). Now, to borrow and decontextualize a Wahlberg line from this movie, “Let’s see what this shitcan can do!”
UNCHARTED : STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
The Gist: Nathan Drake (Holland) awakens in freefall, god knows how many thousand feet above the Earth’s surface. His foot is caught in the strap of a string of cargo dangling from an airplane, and to make matters inconvenient, some bad guys are also shooting at him. This is not exactly an ideal way to emerge from naptime, but maybe that goes without saying. How did he get in this predicament? Well, this being one of those movies that starts with something exciting under the assumption that it’s one twitch of a mosquito’s proboscis away from audience boredom, we have to flash back to find out, then work our way back to this harrowing scene. How far do we have to flash back? To Nathan’s childhood, of course, duh, when he and his older brother Sam (Rudy Pankow) lived in an orphanage and were such history nerds, they broke into a museum to steal the first map of the whole world ever drawn. This got them in trouble, prompting Sam to run away and never be seen again.
Subtitle: NEW YORK, PRESENT DAY, which is a lie, because we know the actual present day is the day in which Nathan is falling out of an airplane, so this particular moment actually occurs at least a few days before the present day. (Sloppy-ass movies are slowly killing me, I tell you.) Nathan bartends at a fancy spot called Kitty Got Wet (yeesh), where he flips and tosses bottles like Cruise in Cocktail and pickpockets valuables from well-moneyed marks like Oliver Twist. Then he goes home to a teensy, crummy apartment where he works out without wearing a shirt. One day, Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) parks himself at Kitty Got Wet (yeesh) and reveals that he knows all about Nathan – his sheisty maneuvers, and his interest in the fabled lost gold of famed Spanish explorer Magellan. Sully knew Sam, working together to find the treasure. But Sam’s now lost or dead maybe; Nathan agrees to help Sully, hoping to find his beloved brother, and end up with a chunk of the legendary multi-billion-dollar booty, which may not exist because no one over the centuries has ever located it. But I’ve got a good feeling about this, because if Nathan and Sully weren’t smarter than everyone else who ever lived since the 1520s, there wouldn’t be a ridiculous movie about them – and this certainly doesn’t seem to be the type of story that ponders upon failure as a key contributor to personal psychological growth.
So off they go, Indiana Da Vinci Code Jonesing around Barcelona and the Philippines, following clues and finding artifacts, and picking up a third partner, Chloe Frazer (Ali), to help out with the wheres and whatfors. They’re not the only ones on the gold trail – nasty-nasty, old- old -money billionaire Santiago Moncada (Banderas), whose family privately bankrolled Magellan himself (I told you it was old money), wants the living shit out of it, and employs a cold-blooded, mean-as-hell damn killer, Braddock (Gabrielle), to do his dirty, dirty work. The “funny” thing here is, Sully and Chloe are such slippery backstabbing eels, each keeps telling Nathan not to trust the other, so he’s the earnest kid caught between two seasoned swindlers, relatively speaking anyway. Fists, bullets and banter fly, but ARE WE NOT ENTERTAINED?
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: National Treasure meets Cocktail meets Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Da Vinci Code meets Mission: Impossible meets The Goonies meets Cutthroat Island .
Performance Worth Watching: Holland shows more go-get-’em gusto here than in any of his non- Spider-Man outings. He has oodles of charisma and an eager capability to carry glossy, action-driven entertainment with flimsy characters and barely a sneeze in the direction of subtext. Is that a backhanded compliment? Yes – and no! It’s a long way of saying I’d love to see him take a creative step forward and continue the Mission: Impossible franchise after Tom Cruise retires.
Memorable Dialogue: The script here ranges from:
Chloe: Sully doesn’t have any friends. I should know – I’m one of them.
Nathan: What does that look like to you?
Chloe: A keyhole.
Sex and Skin: None. A hotel-room scene in which Holland is shirtless and Ali’s terrycloth robe hangs off her shoulder is frustratingly fruitless. So, TBFOOBMALADWTOTOTF: Too Busy Fussing Over Old Maps And Legends And Devising Ways To Outsmart The Others To F—.
Our Take: Uncharted is the type of movie that makes you want to keep pointing out that it’s the type of movie that does this cliched thing and that other cliched thing. Therefore, it’s the type of movie in which our protagonists can just rampage through an ancient historic church with a pair of bolt cutters and not only never see a single security guard, but barely get a scrunched-brow glance from an old nun. The type of movie in which booby traps were OBVIOUSLY designed to murder sluggish, untoned 16th-century softbodies, not ultra-quick keto-parkour-pilates-HIIT-whatever 21st-century hardbodies like Holland and Ali’s. The type of movie that will set a key sequence inside a popular ketchup-on-cardboard pizza chain (which one? By far the worst one!) and be utterly shameless about it. The type of movie that believes “Some kind of Roman antechamber” is not only a complete sentence, but a good, solid piece of dialogue. The type of movie with several is-she-outta-bullets/she’s- never -outta-bullets action sequences. The type of movie with great scads and wads of cheap crummy CGI visual effects, because they’re surely expensive even if they’re not particularly convincing. The type of movie that takes stuff from 20 other movies and makes bland porridge out of it.
It’s also the type of movie that isn’t half-bad as far as unapologetic timewasters go, a plausibility-be-damned, every-detail-is-a-plot-device story about an elite cadre of morally compromised, but ultimately likable big-dreamer action figures following twisty-turny dotted lines on old-timey maps to big piles of gold, spitting one-liners at each other and engaging in bloodless violence along the way. (How bloodless? So bloodless, when a character gets their throat cut, there’s, like two drips. Gotta keep that PG-13!) For sure, Fleischer knows his way around a snappy action sequence, but this is all pretty generic, high-flying/low-stakes middle-of-the-road stuff, slickly made and perfectly watchable and all the more boring for it.
Will you stream or skip the high-flying treasure hunt #UnchartedMovie on VOD? #SIOSI — Decider (@decider) April 30, 2022
Our Call: SKIP IT. Uncharted is kind of a parkour Pirates of the Caribbean , and if that sounds like it kind of sucks, you’d be right. Call me when there’s a capoeira Mission: Impossible .
John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at johnserbaatlarge.com .
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Uncharted review – Tom Holland game adaptation is action-movie by committee
Holland gives his all as rogueish treasure hunter Nathan Drake in a by-the-numbers PlayStation adaptation that’s heavy on spectacle but light on heart
W ith laser-guided precision, with the exactitude of a Nobel-winning rocket scientist or a world-class neurosurgeon, this film measures right up to what you’d expect from a movie based on a PlayStation video game . It’s a huge greenscreen action-adventure with a reasonable bang-buck ratio, but a box office algorithm where its heart is supposed to be. It’s all about a couple of ripped guys on the trail of some lost 16th-century gold belonging to legendary explorer Ferdinand Magellan; the film cheerfully rips off Indiana Jones , the National Treasure films with Nicolas Cage, and there’s a touch of The Goonies in there somewhere.
Tom Holland has been doing some serious work with his personal trainer for his role as Nathan Drake, a tough kid with serious abs and a talent for parkour that looks like it is only partly faked with a stunt double. He is now making a few bucks as a cocktail waiter but he’s also a pickpocket, ripping off rich people in the bar – and dreaming of finding Magellan’s loot, which his adored older brother once told him about before mysteriously going missing.
It’s then that Sully Sullivan (played by a detached Mark Wahlberg , who is maybe not entirely engaged with a second fiddle role) comes up to the light-fingered Nate in his bar with a proposition: a scene pinched from George Clooney meeting Matt Damon for the first time in Ocean’s Eleven. They can team up to search for the gold, and maybe find Nate’s brother, too. But in doing so, they come across some tough customers: gold hunter Chloe (Sophia Ali) and ice-cold martial arts warrior Braddock (Tati Gabrielle) who is in the pay of the smooth-voiced bad guy Moncada (Antonio Banderas).
The lovable rogues bop around from glamorous location to glamorous location and the whole thing runs smoothly enough, with some spectacular touches. Holland gives it his all, but the rest of the cast look a little less committed. An efficient, soulless hologram of a film.
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Uncharted the movie.
Video game movies over the past have not had the same success as video games. This trend seems to be changing with some 2021 hits such as League of legends arcane and the Uncharted movie in 2022.
The movie has a star-studded cast with Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Sully & Antonio Banderas. So it does have the key ingredients for a good movie. Although Nathan Fillion was the actor that many fans wanted, I can assure all readers that Tom Holland did a perfect job.
The first 5 minutes of the movie had a similar tone to the games, which would bring back gamers to their first experience with the franchise while also appealing to the Indiana-jones fans out there.
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However, the movie is not a 1:1 replica of the games, with many creative differences in the storyline. This innovative change will most likely fit the story in the movie’s 120-minute run time and differentiate it from the games.
There are parts of the story which could have been explained better for example the backstory had less than 15minutes of run time. Maybe the directors could have extended the runtime beyond the 120-minute runtime to appeal to a non-gamer audience.
I should point out that I do have a bias towards longer storytelling from my time playing the uncharted games.
One disappointment was that Sully did not rock his mustache early in the movie. Apart from this minor change, the characters did have a slight change in their personality too.
Like many pop-culture movies, Uncharted has an end-credits scene, so I recommend movie-goers stay the extra few minutes to see what the next film may take our hero to next.
Uncharted is an absolute watch indeed although it does have some drawbacks if you’ve played the Uncharted games so I would recommend going in with an open mind.
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Miscellaneous Immorality: Lying, deception, young bartender who also buses tables steals expensive bracelet from young woman in bar sitting at a table alone, and older man steals it from him, plus two boys break into a museum to steal an old map of the world Magellan and his men made 500 years ago, but they get caught.
UNCHARTED is a rousing action adventure movie about a young bartender and sometime thief who joins an older rogue searching for lost gold allegedly stolen by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago on his trip around the world, a treasure that obsessed the young man’s long-lost brother. Based on a popular video game series, UNCHARTED tells an exciting, terrific story where the treasure hunters are racing against a ruthless band of other treasure hunters, but even so it has a very Christian worldview with many Christian references and confessions, but some mixed pagan content with some moral pro-life content, stealing, lots of exclamatory foul language, and an overtly Christian message in one scene.
Young Nate Drake, who’s descended from the famous English privateer Sir Francis Drake, has long been fascinated by a story about the lost gold that Ferdinand Magellan and his sailors may have hid 500 years ago on their ill-fated trip around the world. Nate’s long-gone older brother, Sam, had to leave Nate after they got caught trying to steal a map of the world drawn up by Magellan and his men.
Now a young man, Nate is tending bar at a fancy restaurant in New York City. An adventurer, Victor “Sully” Sullivan, sees Nate charming a young woman sitting alone at a table and stealing a valuable bracelet on her wrist. Sully asks Nate if he’s interested in helping him search for Magellan’s lost gold. After Magellan was killed during a battle in the Philippines, 18 sailors returned to Spain and supposedly hid the gold somewhere.
Nate refuses. However, he notices that Sully stole the bracelet from him. So, he finds out where Sully lives and sneaks into his apartment to ask Sully to return the stolen bracelet. Sully again asks Nate to help him search for the lost gold. This time, though, Sully reveals to Nate that he knows Nate’s brother, Sam, is also searching for the gold. So, this may be a chance for Nate to find Sam.
Nate agrees to help Sully. The first order of business is to go to a fancy auction and steal one of two golden crosses made by Magellan’s men. Sully tells Nate that the two crosses are also two keys that can unlock the location leading to the lost gold. Sully says he has one of the crosses in his possession. He also tells Nate the cross that’s being sold at the auction is sure to be bought by Santiago Moncada, a descendant of a rich Spanish family that helped finance Magellan’s expedition.
At the auction, Nate ends up having to risk his life to create a distraction for Sully to pose as a guard and steal the cross. However, Santiago and his villains for hire, which include a woman who’s adept at slitting people’s throats with her knife, are ruthless people. They will stop at nothing, including murder, to get the lost gold, a treasure that may be worth $5 billion.
Based on a popular video game series, UNCHARTED tells an exciting, terrific story. UNCHARTED is a big budget adventure that will thrill moviegoers looking for a good time at the movie theater. Tom Holland, the current Spider-Man, and Mark Wahlberg deliver fun performances as Nate and Sully. They make a great team.
UNCHARTED has a strong Christian worldview. For example, Nate has a strong respect for human life, and his pro-life attitude eventually rubs off on Sully, giving the movie a redemptive premise. UNCHARTED also has some positive Christian references and elements. The most positive Christian reference is when the main villain’s honorable father tells his ruthless son that his faith and trust is in God, not him, and performs the Sign of the Cross. On the other hand, the plot is driven by thieves stealing from thieves. Nate and Sully must steal the one golden cross to locate the treasure. So, although they don’t try to murder anyone, unlike the other treasure hunters, they aren’t totally pure paragons of moral virtue. However, UNCHARTED contains an excessive number of obscenities and profanities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution.
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Uncharted Movie Review
A forgettable fortune.
The best way to describe Sony’s Uncharted is to say that, in all likelihood, it is exactly the film you expect it to be. Casting missteps aside, director Ruben Fleischer delivers a perfectly harmless adventure flick that meets the low bar set by its popcorn premise. But Uncharted offers so little in the way of original ideas that many will be left wondering why the project exists in the first place. Those new to Nathan Drake and his video game exploits will find more to enjoy here than fans of the beloved PlayStation franchise, though anyone who possesses a passing familiarity with the action movie genre should prepare to leave this treasure hunt feeling no richer.
Charismatic, if miscast, leads
Devoid of original ideas
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Uncharted feels like a movie that was always destined to disappoint. For starters, a feature-length adaptation of Naughty Dog’s immensely popular video game franchise had been the subject of Hollywood mutterings for over a decade. During that time, six different directors – including David O. Russell, Shawn Levy and Travis Knight – periodically attached and detached themselves from the project before Venom filmmaker Ruben Fleischer finally bit the bullet in 2020.
Spider-Man star Tom Holland joined the cast in 2017, but only after Mark Wahlberg – who signed on to proceedings over a decade ago – stepped aside as the movie’s lead to instead play the wily mentor, Victor "Sully" Sullivan, to Holland’s younger Nathan “Nate” Drake.
The intervening years saw several scripts bounce around the desks of various studios, while the cast and crew behind the still-performing Uncharted game series slalomed between endorsement, skepticism and indifference towards the seemingly cursed Hollywood project.
So, how does the final feature fare? Well, let’s just say that Sony’s Uncharted definitely wasn’t worth the grueling odyssey it took to create it.
Plot-wise, Uncharted takes inspiration from the fourth game in Naughty Dog’s series, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End , and finds Nathan Drake on the scent of a treasure trove thought to be hidden among the remnants of a historic Portuguese expedition. With fellow explorer Sully in tow, Drake travels across the globe in search of the fortune, all the while trying to outwit a ruthless financier (Antonio Banderas) who believes the gold to be his birthright.
But we’ll come back to all that later – let’s first address the elephant in the room.
Unfortunately, Holland’s casting as Nate – the dashing virtual protagonist of every mainline Uncharted title – instantly became the unwelcome cloud hanging over this long-awaited movie adaptation. Uncharted’s fan-favorite hero is a hunky, stubble-laden adventurer with a Bond-like hardiness – Holland, through no fault of his own, is the antithesis of that description.
It’s understandable, then, that fans of the game series voiced their doubts about the decision so intensely. To his credit, Holland reportedly gained 18 pounds of muscle (while simultaneously training for Spider-Man: No Way Home ) in an effort to better match Drake’s in-game physique – and he certainly looks bigger than ever – but fears that the young British actor wouldn’t possess the same rugged charm as the famed treasure hunter were justified.
Still, Holland attacks the role with all the energy we’ve come to expect from the superstar. He puts his choreography skills and boyish enthusiasm to excellent use in some impressive fight sequences and equally daring stunts – but he is not the Nate we know.
None of that would matter, of course, if Uncharted really did center around a younger, more inexperienced protagonist at the beginning of his swashbuckling career. Rafe Lee Judkins’ script is billed as an origin story, predating the first entry in the game series (2007’s Uncharted: Drake's Fortune), that finds Nate ready to learn the tricks of the trade. But there’s very little learning done here.
Although we first meet Holland’s character as a bartender, it doesn’t take long before he’s flipping, fighting and falling his way across various countries on a dangerous quest for lost gold. We’re supposed to believe that this is Nate’s first globe-trotting treasure hunt, yet he is often the one pointing Wahlberg’s Sully and the similarly experienced Chloe (Sophia Ali) in the right direction.
It doesn’t help, either, that the movie dances to the beat of Drake’s final video game outing. While it’s undeniably enjoyable to see Holland wear the character’s iconic henley-holster combo, it all happens far too quickly in a story that supposedly charts his origins.
And then there’s Wahlberg’s Sully. The father figure to Nate, Naughty Dog’s version of Sully is a world-weary explorer who exudes old-school charm – sometimes wise, sometimes wrong, always cool (like Paul Newman in The Color of Money). Here, though, we don’t get the same character. We don’t get the red shirt. We don’t get the mustache. Instead, we get Mark Wahlberg doing his best Mark Wahlberg impression; great for the movie’s humor, but less brilliant for the master-apprentice dynamic between its two main men.
Both leads, then – while undoubtedly charismatic and confident in their respective roles – are fatally miscast, which wouldn’t be a problem if Uncharted told a totally different story.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
And therein lies the second dagger in the movie’s heart. Uncharted does nothing to push the boundaries of its genre nor subvert the expectations of returning fans. It borrows too much from the plot of the fourth game and recycles tired tropes from more established action franchises like Mission: Impossible and Pirates of the Caribbean. Ironically, the events of Uncharted are very charted.
This near total absence of imagination is made worse by an over-reliance on CGI, which often takes away from Holland’s excellent stunt work – the airborne sequence, for instance, is not so much impressive as it is downright ridiculous. Even in moments where we’re encouraged to marvel at Uncharted’s beautiful locations, some obviously animated environments detract from the spectacle.
Again, though, this seems like an inevitable plague of the project. Video game adaptations have come a long way in recent years, but dramatizing a title that already plays like a movie presents a very particular type of challenge. Uncharted 4 is a stunning video game because it lets players do the running, jumping and treasure hunting themselves – it’s nowhere near as much fun to watch Holland and Wahlberg throw goons off the side of a virtual pirate ship.
It must be said that director Ruben Fleischer does the basics well – there is very little to criticize in Uncharted from a technical point of view – but most adult movie-goers will likely feel as though they’ve seen all of this a thousand times over.
In all, then, it’s no wonder that a rocky road to production left Sony’s Uncharted movie gathering dust for over a decade. It isn’t a badly made film, per se, but the project offers almost nothing in terms of added value and contradicts itself with an over-familiar story that’s entirely at odds with its supposedly reinvented characters.
Despite their best efforts, Uncharted’s lead actors will leave returning fans cold, and the movie’s lack of identity – save for some smartly choreographed fight scenes – makes it nothing more than mindless, harmless entertainment.
Forget the treasure; in the inevitable follow-up, Nathan Drake should hunt for some originality, instead.
Uncharted is in UK theaters now and hits US theaters on February 18.
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‘Uncharted’ boldly goes nowhere
There are worse movies than Uncharted , especially when it comes to the seemingly cursed genre of video game adaptations. But as I struggled to stay awake through the finale — yet another weightless action sequence where our heroes quip, defy physics and never feel like they're in any genuine danger — I couldn't help but wonder why the film was so aggressively average.
The PlayStation franchise started out as a Tomb Raider clone starring a dude who wasn't Indiana Jones. But, starting with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , the games tapped into the language of action movies to put you in the center of innovative set pieces. They were cinematic in ways that few titles were in the early 2010s. But going in the opposite direction — bringing aspects of those games into a movie — doesn't work nearly as well.
Director Ruben Fleischer ( Zombieland , Venom ), along with screenwriters Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, have crafted an origin story for the treasure hunter Nathan Drake (Tom Holland). It hits the notes you're expecting — his childhood as an orphan, his first team-up with his partner Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), and a globe-trotting treasure hunt that defies logic — but it's all just a Cliff's Notes version of what we've seen in the games. And for a franchise that was already a watered-down version of Indiana Jones , a movie adaptation just highlights all of its inherent flaws. Watching Uncharted made me long for the basic pleasures of Nicholas Cage's National Treasure – at least that Indy clone had personality.
Even the iconic action scenes don’t hit as hard. The film opens mid free-fall, as Drake realizes he just fell out of a plane. Discerning viewers will instantly recognize the sequence from Uncharted 3. We watch as he hops across falling cargo (and wonder if that’s even possible while everything is falling), but the entire scene feels like Tom Holland is going on the world’s most extreme Disney World ride. Without the rumble of the Dualshock 3 controller in my hand, and my responsibility over Drake’s impending death, there just aren’t any stakes. It’s particularly unexciting compared to what we’ve seen in the recent Mission Impossible movies. Tom Cruise (and skydiving camera man Craig O'Brien) jumped out of an actual plane several times for our entertainment!
Still, it's somewhat surprising that this adaptation exists at all. Sony has been trying to develop an Uncharted film since 2008, starting with a loftier iteration by arthouse auteur David O. Russell. That version was going to star Wahlberg as an older Nathan Drake, as we see him in the games, and focus on the idea of family. But the project ended up changing hands several times over the last decade. By the time it was actually gearing up for production in 2020, Wahlberg had aged out of the starring role and into the older sidekick spot. (Sorry, Super Cool Mack Daddy , it happens to all of us.)
After we've seen so many video game films completely miss the mark, like Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City and Assassin's Creed , I'm starting to wonder if there's some sort of secret to making a good adaptation. Different audiences want different things, after all. Game fans typically want to see the characters and sequences they love so much legitimized on film. Discerning movie geeks may be comparing adaptations to other, usually better, films. And studio executives just want existing intellectual property that they can churn out to an undiscerning public.
There are a handful of memorable video game films, but they mostly seem like flukes. The original Mortal Kombat was iconic because of its killer soundtrack and (at the time) cutting-edge special effects. Werewolves Within doesn't have much to do with the VR title it's based on, aside from its name. And Sonic the Hedgehog was a blast, but that was mostly due to its lead performances.
As an avid gamer and cinephile, I'll never give up on hoping for successful adaptations. But it could just be that the two mediums are a bit incompatible. A film can never capture the interactive magic and freedom you get from a game. And when you're playing something, heavy-handed cut scenes and direction can often take you out of the experience (unless you’re Hideo Kojima , in which case gamers will argue it’s all a work of genius).
With its cinematic roots, Uncharted had a better shot at a decent adaptation than most games. It’s just a shame that, for a series that’s about exploring new lands and discovering forgotten treasure, it offers nothing new.
One Great Action Sequence and a Charming Performance from Tom Holland is Not Enough to Save ‘Uncharted’
The new film, which also stars Mark Wahlberg, continues the Hollywood trend of adapting video games into mediocre movies.
(L to R) Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland in Columbia Pictures' 'Uncharted.' Photo by: Clay Enos.
Opening in theaters on February 18th is the new action-adventure movie ‘ Uncharted ,’ which is based on the popular video game of the same name. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (‘ Venom ’), the film stars Tom Holland (‘ Spider-Man: No Way Home ’) and Mark Wahlberg (‘ Transformers: Age of Extinction ’) as treasure hunters Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan, respectively.
In addition to Holland and Wahlberg, the movie also stars Antonio Banderas (' The Expendables 3 '), Sophia Ali (‘ Truth or Dare ’), Tati Gabrielle (’ The Emoji Movie ’), and Rudy Pankow (‘The Politician’). The result is another mediocre movie adaption of a video game with little to offer except one great action sequence and a charming performance from Tom Holland, but is an otherwise forgettable film.
‘Uncharted’ begins with an origin story for Nathan Drake (Holland) and his brother Sam (Pankow) before jumping forward to present day. Sam has gone missing and Nathan is working as a bar tender and pick-pocket when he is recruited by his brother’s former partner, Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) to look for the hidden treasure of the Magellan Expedition. Hoping to discover what happened to his brother, Drake agrees to help Sullivan, but he doesn’t trust him.
Their rival for the treasure is a wealthy businessman named Santiago Moncada (Banderas), who believes the treasure is his birthright, and mercenary Jo Braddock (Gabrielle). But in order to get to the treasure first, Drake and Sullivan will have to work with fellow fortune hunter Chloe Frazer (Ali), who possesses an important key to finding the hidden gold. Now, trusting no one, they must travel the world looking for clues to the treasure, while Nathan searches for answers to his brother’s disappearance.
I love video games, but let’s be honest, there has never been a great movie adapted from a video game. The list of mediocre movies adapted from video games is long and includes ' Warcraft ,' ' Assassin’s Creed ,' ' Doom ,' ' Hitman: Agent 47 ,' ' Need for Speed ,' ' Rampage ,' ' Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,' and ' Max Payne ' (which also starred Mark Wahlberg). Unfortunately, you can add ‘Uncharted’ to that list.
But let’s start with what is good about the movie. The film begins with an incredible action sequence featuring Holland falling out of a plane, which is actually just a preview of the full sequence that actually takes place in the third act. The filmmakers were wise to start the movie with part of that action scene, since it is the most stunning sequence in the entire film.
I have to wonder if the screenplay was designed that way, or if the filmmakers realized in post-production that they didn’t have an action sequence in the first 45 minutes of the movie and needed to pull some excitement from the third act. Either way it works but unfortunately, it is the only exciting action sequence in the movie, including the final fight scene.
Tom Holland is fantastic! The young actor known best for playing Spider-Man gives an absolutely charming performance as Nathan Drake. The character is tougher, and rougher around the edges than Peter Parker, but still has Holland’s signature sweetness and charm. The actor also buffed-up for the role and is completely believable in all of his action sequences. Like “ Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane ” believable! He completely out classes and out shines his co-star Mark Wahlberg and gives a very strong leading-man performance. It’s almost heartbreaking that Holland wasted his talent on such an ordinary film.
With a movie as unspectacular as ‘Uncharted,’ you have to look at the person behind the camera, in this case, director Ruben Fleischer. The filmmaker made a fantastic debut with 2009’s ‘ Zombieland ,’ but followed it up with disappointments like ’ 30 Minutes or Less ’ and ‘ Gangster Squad .’ Fleischer had a huge box office success with ‘Venom,’ but we can argue whether that was actually a good movie or not. And you have to wonder why the director was not asked back for ‘ Venom: Let There Be Carnage .’ That being said, Ruben Fleischer is a serviceable director at best. So, it should be no surprise that the direction of the movie lacks any real feeling of urgency or cinematic style.
While the movie is loosely based on “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” it incorporates elements of the mythos from the entire franchise. However, the screenplay unfolds like an actual video game, with no real plot other than “We have to go to A to get B to go to C.” With so much mythology to choose from, I wish they had incorporated more of that in the film and allowed it to drive the story, rather than having the story driven simply by “We have to achieve this goal to achieve the next.”
Actresses Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle are both fine in their roles, but not given enough to be truly memorable. Antonio Banderas’ villain is completely over-the-top and one dimensional, and isn’t given enough screen time to be truly threatening. Mark Wahlberg, who has been attached to this project for over a decade and at one point was going to play Nathan Drake, basically phones in his performance and is over shadowed by Holland in every scene. You never really get a sense of who the character of Victor Sullivan really is, and instead it feels more like Mark Wahlberg is just playing Mark Wahlberg.
In the end, ‘Uncharted’ is a just disappointing movie. The source material offers an extremely rich and intriguing mythology that basically goes to waste with no real character development explored at all. A commanding leading performance from Tom Holland and an exhilarating action sequence is just not enough to make ‘Uncharted’ a movie worth seeing.
‘Uncharted’ receives 2 out of 5 stars.
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After roughly 15 years of development, Uncharted the movie is finally here. Dusty booby-traps and plummets from planes are present and correct. Alas, despite the promise and all that time expended, it’s disappointingly weak sauce. For die-hard fans of the games, there’s little that lives up to their ingeniously unfolding action set-pieces, such as the train sequence in Uncharted 2 which builds and builds in intensity until a cliffhanger that involves actual cliff-hanging, or the wild horseback gun-battle in part 3. Non-Drakeheads, meanwhile, are likely to wonder what all the fuss was about. What’s on screen is amiable enough, a hunt for $4 billion of pirate booty that involves a lot of double-crossing (plus, thanks to the film’s twin MacGuffin, a pair of crucifixes, a literal double-cross). But while it clearly aims for Raiders Of The Lost Ark — “When did you decide to become Indiana Jones?” someone says at one point, while our heroes’ trek is depicted by a red dotted line on a map, Indy-style — it lands somewhere around National Treasure 2 instead.
Antonio Banderas makes for a colourless villain, with monologues about “diversified investments” so inert that even his goons look bored.
Over the years, the search to fill the two lead roles — Drake and his grizzled mentor Sully — cycled through pretty much every actor in Hollywood with a gym membership card. It finally landed on Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg , two actors who can be charming and funny individually, but who struggle to muster up much in the way of comic chemistry here. It doesn’t help that the dialogue they’re given is significantly lamer than that uttered by their video-game counterparts; as they bicker in catacombs over ancient riddles (Wahlberg was at least well-cast in the sense that his resting expression suggests he is perpetually trying to crack an ancient riddle), scenes start to feel like cutscenes that you wish you could skip. Antonio Banderas , likewise, makes for a colourless villain, with monologues about “diversified investments” so inert that even his goons look bored.
There are moments when it jolts into life: a well-executed, lengthy single shot tracking Drake as he freefalls from an aircraft; some Goonies - esque underground map-syncing. But only the final 20 minutes, with a pirate-ship battle that takes to the skies, lives up to the giddy, inventive spectacle of the source material. Otherwise, Uncharted plods around an all-too-familiar map.
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Holland takes a breather from web-spinning to play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in this cinematic adaptation of the hugely popular PlayStation video game series.
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This weekend, you’ll be able to go to theaters and see a highly entertaining thrill ride of a movie, featuring Tom Holland performing death-defying stunts and spending a good portion of the film’s running time engaging in witty banter and flying through the air.
I’m talking, of course, about Spider-Man: No Way Home .
Release date: Friday, Feb. 18
Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg , Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Screenwriters: Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Oh, there’s also Uncharted , the feature film version of the hit PlayStation video game series, starring Holland as globe-trotting, history-obsessed treasure hunter Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, Nathan’s shady mentor. The film deviates from the video games in a number of ways, being an origin story featuring younger versions of the beloved characters. And if you’re thinking that Wahlberg once would have been a great choice to play Nathan himself, you’re not alone. The film has been in development for so many years that he was formerly attached to play the role until he eventually aged out of it.
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Resembling the love child of Tomb Raider , Raiders of the Lost Ark and National Treasure , Uncharted definitely feels like a video game adaptation, so rapidly segueing from one elaborate action set piece to another that your fingers may start twitching while watching it. Director Ruben Fleischer knows his way around this sort of material, having previously helmed such movies as Venom and Zombieland , and he understands that the target audience isn’t particularly interested in deep characterizations or sophisticated dialogue.
Still, it would have been nice if screenwriters Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway had come up with something more interesting than this generic adventure in which Nate and Sully team up to first commit a robbery at a high-end auction house and then head to exotic locales in search of Ferdinand Magellan’s lost treasure of gold. Or more interesting villains than the ruthless Santiago Moncada, played by Antonio Banderas in a performance that can best be described as detached. Or wittier exchanges than Sully constantly teasing Nate about his gum-chewing and Nate responding in kind about Sully’s habit of leaving too many open apps on his cell phone.
More problematically, Nate and Sully, mutually supportive in the games, here come across like a bickering couple on the verge of divorce. Wahlberg’s Sully looks and behaves disgruntled so much of the time that you begin to wonder how these two went on to form a long-running partnership. (Or maybe the actor was just annoyed at disappearing from the story for long stretches of time.)
This star vehicle doesn’t exactly feel like a stretch for Holland, since his Nate, an expert pickpocket, is basically a more larcenous Peter Parker minus the web-spinning — at one point, he apologizes to a bad guy he’s just sent plummeting to his death, which is exactly what Peter would do. As made evident by his many shirtless scenes, the actor clearly buffed up for the role, the better to perform the numerous high-octane stunts that include falling out of an airplane and a lengthy parkour-style foot chase.
The film features plenty of photogenic real-life locations and some genuinely exciting action sequences, including the aforementioned airplane scene — which opens the film and is reprised later on — and a breathless battle involving airborne 16 th -century sailing ships.
Refreshingly, it’s the female characters who are the most badass. Sully’s longtime treasure hunting associate Chloe Frazer (a charismatic Sophie Ali) more than keeps up with the guys when it comes to physical derring-do, and Moncado’s blade-wielding henchwoman Braddock (Tati Gabrielle, fearsome) is a homicidal villainess who could give James Bond a run for his money.
You can’t say that the makers of Uncharted lack confidence, since the film ends with the sort of cliffhanger that basically promises a sequel. It’s a bold move, considering the number of video game film adaptations that have crashed and burned, but with the charismatic Holland as its star, it just may pay off.
Production companies: Arad Productions, Atlas Entertainment, PlayStation Productions Distributor: Columbia Pictures Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas Director: Ruben Fleischer Screenwriters: Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway Producers: Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, Ari Arad Executive producers: Ruben Fleischer, Robert J. Dohrmann, David Bernad, Tom Holland, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Neil Druckmann, Evan Wells, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway Director of photography: Chung-hoon Chung Production designer: Shepherd Frankel Editors: Chris Lebenzon, Richard Pearson Costume designer: Marlene Stewart Composer: Ramin Djawadi Casting: Priscilla John, Orla Maxwell, Yael Moreno, John Papsidera, Anna-Lena Slater
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Remember this is a popcorn/talk to friends movie. Its entertaining and actionfilled. Its good for what its made to be.
I watched it with my gf and it was an ehhhh
my favourite part,,, was the movie :)
Funny, great actors, filled with action and twists!
Kind of boring. Nice effects and fun if you like the game.
Cast & Crew
2022, Movie - Action, Adventure, Comedy
2022, Movie - Action, Adventure, Drama
2022, Movie - Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
2021, Movie - Action, Adventure, Fantasy
2021, Movie - Action, Adventure, Drama
Uncharted PG-13 2022, Adventure/Action, 1h 56m 41% Tomatometer 257 Reviews 90% Audience Score 5,000+ Verified Ratings What to know critics consensus Promisingly cast but misleadingly titled,...
However, "Uncharted" seems to want to ride the goodwill of the video game adventures of Nathan Drake more than create any of its own; it takes no risks and feels like a bare minimum effort in terms of storytelling. Roger famously said that video games can never be art. The ones on which this movie is based are certainly more artistic. Advertisement
Uncharted is a safe but serviceable sampling of a new globe-spanning adventure. As a young Nathan Drake, Tom Holland is fun to watch and has good chemistry with Mark Wahlberg's Victor Sullivan,...
Uncharted seems fresh in the era of superhero blockbusters. Saying it's not as great as one of the best video game series ever shouldn't be a massive indictment as it's a fun ride with a clear...
What Uncharted mainly has going for it is adept adventure set piece directing and star Holland, who's an affable, even charming, lead. Nate is relatably anxious in the midst of mortal danger yet both game and good-humored, a fantastic foil for Wahlberg's Sully, who leans toward blank-faced derring-do.
'Uncharted' Review: Steal, Fight, Repeat This inaptly titled treasure-hunt adventure recycles all the familiar clichés while giving Tom Holland a strenuous physical workout. Top gun: Tom...
Tom Holland puts his considerable charm to the test in "Uncharted," a movie built around the Spider-Man star and wild aerial acrobatics. Based on a PlayStation game, it's better seen than...
Just 40% of critics give Uncharted a passing grade, while 90% of viewers enjoyed the film. The movie's Cinema Score rating is "B+" which, while not as good as an "A" obviously, is still well...
"Uncharted" is a movie that benefits from a big-screen experience, and fans of Holland or Wahlberg will no doubt find plenty of entertaining moments. But the film is by no means a must-watch....
Uncharted doesn't really want you to think about why Sully and other hunters like Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali) and Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle) are only able to finally start getting leads once...
Uncharted is kind of a parkour Pirates of the Caribbean, and if that sounds like it kind of sucks, you'd be right. Call me when there's a capoeira Mission: Impossible. John Serba is a freelance...
Uncharted 2022 PG-13 1 h 56 m IMDb RATING 6.3 /10 220K YOUR RATING Rate POPULARITY 197 22 Play trailer 0:31 49 Videos 99+ Photos Action Adventure Street-smart Nathan Drake is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada. Director
Overall Overall, Uncharted is a pretty average adventure film. There is some good here for sure and Sony are hoping to make this a franchise but it doesn't do enough for me to get me excited for that or recommend this for a watch. Rating - 5/10. 192 out of 300 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Permalink 5/10 Average
Critic Reviews 75 Mick LaSalle Feb 16, 2022 Uncharted isn't a classic, but for an action movie coming out in the doldrums of February, it's practically Citizen Kane. Read full review 66 CNET Richard Trenholm Feb 11, 2022 The Uncharted movie may pilfer from assorted better films, but it's a victimless crime. Read full review 58 Mike D'Angelo
The lovable rogues bop around from glamorous location to glamorous location and the whole thing runs smoothly enough, with some spectacular touches. Holland gives it his all, but the rest of the...
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Matt Looker Feb 11, 2022. With plenty of potential and a door swung wide open for a future sequel, Uncharted makes a decent play for filling an Indy-shaped hole in the movie market right now. But the series will need to beef up its reserves of charm and swagger to be in the same league as cinema's favorite archaeologist.
UNCHARTED is a big budget adventure that will thrill moviegoers looking for a good time at the movie theater. Tom Holland, the current Spider-Man, and Mark Wahlberg deliver fun performances as Nate and Sully. They make a great team. UNCHARTED has a strong Christian worldview.
Uncharted Movie Review. 7. Review scoring. good. ... In sort of related news, but only related because of Tom Holland, the Uncharted movie is a certified hit for Sony. The studio is even calling ...
Uncharted feels like a movie that was always destined to disappoint. For starters, a feature-length adaptation of Naughty Dog's immensely popular video game franchise had been the subject of...
The film opens mid free-fall, as Drake realizes he just fell out of a plane. Discerning viewers will instantly recognize the sequence from Uncharted 3. We watch as he hops across falling cargo ...
Tom Holland is fantastic! The young actor known best for playing Spider-Man gives an absolutely charming performance as Nathan Drake. The character is tougher, and rougher around the edges than ...
After roughly 15 years of development, Uncharted the movie is finally here. Dusty booby-traps and plummets from planes are present and correct. Alas, despite the promise and all that time expended ...
Rated PG-13, 1 hour 56 minutes. Oh, there's also Uncharted, the feature film version of the hit PlayStation video game series, starring Holland as globe-trotting, history-obsessed treasure ...
"Uncharted" — adventure and action movie produced in USA and released in 2022. It has a good rating on IMDb: 6.3 stars out of 10. It is a feature-length film with a runtime of 1h 56min. "Uncharted" is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and for rent and to buy on Apple TV and Google Play. Click on a playlink to watch it now!