review by Bobby Blakey
For years they have been talking about making a film based on the Uncharted video game series. At one point Mark Wahlberg was attached to star as Nathan Drake, but after a long process stuck in development it looked like it was not to be. Now it is back on track and ready to be unleashed with Tom Holland stepping into the role of Drake and Wahlberg taking on the role of Sullivan as well as Sophia Ali Tati Gabrielle and Antonio Banderas with Zombieland and Venom director Ruben Fleischer at the helm.
Uncharted follows the young street-smart Nathan Drake and his first treasure hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan that spans the globe. The two go in dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to Nathan’s long-lost brother.
Before I talk about this flick I want it clear that while I know of the video game, I have never played it so my review is strictly on the film itself. That being said while the film offers up some clichéd predictable moments at times I found it to be pretty fun. It’s like a mix of The Goonies, Indiana Jones, DaVinchi Code and National Treasure all wrapped up in a fun package. You have to turn your brain off a bit and let some of the more unbelievable elements just happen and have some fun, but would have preferred it to stick to its original more direction of straight mystery puzzle solving.
Holland and Wahlberg have great chemistry and banter throughout the film. Wahlberg gets in on the action, but isn’t the usual badass he plays and instead tends to try to avoid the action whenever possible. Holland dives
right into it all and takes a beating more often than not, but it gives more believability to his character. The action is plenty and offers up some fun fight sequences that are well executed as well as the over the top stuff like the airplane cargo fight they show in the trailers. These bigger elements actually felt more like video game moments so assume that was the purpose.
In the end it is a fun action/adventure flick that isn’t breaking down the walls to the genre, but delivers on the fun. Not sure how close to the game or if it will connect to those fans, but I know that I was entertained and had a fun time with it.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, commentary, featurettes and more. Join the adventure and grab your copy of Uncharted available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Home Entertainment.