Sunday 24 April 2022

REVIEW: Uncharted (2022) - Starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle & Antonio Banderas

Review by Jon Donnis
As the big Hollywood blockbusters are coming thick and fast, the latest one is Uncharted, based on the Uncharted video games made by Naughty Dog.

I have played a few of the games, so was interested to see if the film matched up.

Tom Holland stars as Nathan Drake, the lead character from the video games. Mark Wahlberg plays Victor Sullivan, with Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas in supporting roles

The film starts with Brothers Sam and Nathan "Nate" Drake as they are caught by museum security trying to steal the first map made after the Magellan expedition. Sam is kicked out of their shared orphanage,  but before he leaves, Sam promises to return to Nate, and gives him a ring with the inscription "Sic Parvis Magna".

Fast forward 15 years and Nate is working as a bartender in NYC, he is an expert pickpocket and helps himself to wallets from the well-off guests.

Victor Sullivan is a fortune hunter, and he approaches Nate, he explains that he worked with his brother Sam tracking treasure that was hidden by the Magellan crew, he explains that Sam went missing after helping him steal Juan Sebastian Elcano's diary. Nate agrees to help Victor (Sully) find Sam.

Sully and Nate go to an auction to steal a golden cross linked to the Magellan crew, and there starts your classic action-adventure film, with clear nods to Indiana Jones and the Tomb Raider films.

Tom Holland is excellent as the lead, and Mark Wahlberg is just ageless.

Although the film is roughly 1 hour 50 minutes, it did feel longer, but that doesn't mean it dragged, as it didn't, I just feel like this should have been a 90-minute film.

The action scenes are all well done, the visual effects are top quality, and despite a few silly moments in the final big scene, this is a thoroughly good movie, that needs to be seen on the big screen.

The Good
Big budget, big action, big stars, what more could you want,

The Bad
The film would be better if it was a little shorter, I blame the director!

This is the kind of film I love; I know it is full of clich├ęs, I know it is the type of story you have seen a hundred times before, and I know you will roll your eyes at some parts, but with that said, I still enjoyed it.

I score Uncharted a solid 8/10