Uncharted Review: Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg’s Epic Action-Adventure is Enjoyable but Slightly Dragged

Uncharted starring Tom Holland as Nathan/Nate Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan is now out in theatres. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins, the action-adventure film is based on Sony’s video game series by Naughty Dog of the same name. The film also stars Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada, Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock, and Rudy Pankow as Sam Drake.

The synopsis reads, “Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), 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.”

Uncharted Review Contains No Spoilers

Video game-based movies are always a risky affair. Sony Pictures have taken the challenge and made the Uncharted movie with director Ruben Fleischer and actors Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. The action-adventure thriller has some good moments, and sometimes, it drags a bit.

Years ago, a young Nate Drake and his old brother Sam Drake got caught trying to steal a map. They discuss Ferdinand Magellan’s gold lost by the House of Moncada. The fortune is worth rupees $5 billion. Sam decides to run away from the hostel to avoid getting caught. He promises his younger brother he’ll keep in touch. Years pass by, and Nate is now grown up and works as a bartender. He’s still quite smooth with his stealing skills that get noticed by Victor Sullivan, aka Sully.

Sully wants Nate to help him find the $5 billion fortune. Nate agrees as it was also his brother Sam’s dream. The challenges are many. There’s only a diary that has vague clues; they need to find the keys, and deal with Santiago Moncada, Jo Braddock and Chloe Frazer. Will Nate and Sully succeed in getting their hands on the fortune? Will Nate reunite with his elder brother Sam? We find answers in those 2 hours.

In the first 20 minutes, Ruben Fleischer’s Uncharted interests you. The basic premise, the performances and humour play a major role in grabbing our attention. Nate’s innocent yet intelligent personality and Sully’s unsympathetic but cheerful side help you like the characters instantly. The film has two female characters, Braddock and Chloe, who are badass.

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What I liked about the film is that, despite the predictable twists, you’re sucked into the plot by how well the writing is weaved in the second half. The story intensifies before and during the climax sequence and becomes more enjoyable and interesting. It’s pretty enthusiastic, with plenty of aerial action and fight sequences. Many punches will make you laugh.

Coming to what doesn’t work – several scenes are played out longer than necessary. It slows the film down, especially when the quest becomes more challenging. A church sequence, for example, is dragged more than it should be. It takes the focus away from the narrative. Once the church scene is through, the plot picks up again.

Chung-hoon Chung’s cinematography is superb. The scenes where the sea is captured with much-needed magnificence are my favourites. Uncharted movie’s climax is quite chaotic. Chung’s camera moves effortlessly, focusing on the aerial action scenes as well as the sea. It would’ve been a disaster if it hadn’t been for the way he captured the scenes.

Nate Drake, played by Tom Holland, is a likeable character. His innocence reminds us of Peter Parker, who would apologise if he accidentally kicked someone. The actor never fails to impress. Sully, played by Mark Wahlberg, provided comical relief. Mark and Tom have some incredible scenes together that left us in splits. Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle are also terrific in their roles.

Uncharted Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, Uncharted is enjoyable in parts and has epic performances by Tom, Mark, Sophia and Tati. It would’ve been better if the screenplay wasn’t so dragged in between. The visual effects are good, and the action scenes are remarkable. It’s a good one time watch.

There’s a mid-credit and an end-credits scenes, so do wait till the end.

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