Uncharted is a fun treasure-hunting adventure that brings the iconic Nathan Drake to life.
I was introduced to Uncharted very early on when the first game made its debut on the PS3 back in 2007. I became instantly hooked for its Indiana Jones vibes, great storytelling, and being a video game more my pace and game style. Uncharted became an instant success spawning 3 more PlayStation games featuring the main character Nathan Drake. He is a treasure hunter who travels worldwide to uncover various historical mysteries.
In Uncharted, street-smart Nathan Drake, played by Tom Holland, is recruited by a seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan, played by Mark Wahlberg. He needs Drakes’s help to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan that was lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada. What starts as a heist job becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize. They must get the fortune before the ruthless Santiago Moncada, played by Antonio Banderas, does, who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother…but only if they can learn to work together.
With Tom Holland coming off the massive success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, it was hard for me at first to see him as anyone else than Peter Parker in Uncharted. But the well-written script helped Holland properly embody a young but charismatic Nathan Drake who is just starting out. As the movie progresses, Holland’s Nathan Drake finally finds his footing on his first big heist mission. Unfortunately, Mark Wahlberg does not quite embody the Sully us fans are familiar with but is a passible portrayal as the chemistry between Holland and Wahlberg is strong. The next Uncharted film will hopefully give us full-on versions of Drake and Sully since the first film was more in line as an origin story.
Uncharted is pretty faithful to the video game.
It has tons of fun easter eggs and callbacks that only true fans will catch. Especially the cameo of Nolan North, the OG voice of Nathan Drake. The exotic landscapes and big action scenes were fantastic and fun. It is filled with plenty of big and gravity-defying moments to keep you entertained. I highly recommend watching this movie on the most giant screen imaginable in IMAX.
I give Uncharted 4 out of 5 stars. If you like movies like Indiana Jones and National Treasure, this movie is for you. It is also the second-best video-game adaptation after Sonic The Hedgehog. Also, stay tuned for two post-credit scenes that will satisfy fans of the video game.
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