Uncharted Movie Review

 The movie Uncharted, based on the popular treasure hunting video games, premiered in theatres on Feb.18. The movie stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, a young man following in his brother’s treasure hunting footsteps, and Mark Wahlberg as treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan. 

    The story consists of a race between Drake and Sullivan against the sinister Santiago Moncada, played by Antonio Banderas, and Braddock, played by Tati Gabrielle, to find the lost fortune of Ferdinand Magellan. The movie ran about an hour and 56 minutes and currently holds 41% of Rotten Tomatoes. While not well-liked by critics, audiences appear to love the film, giving it an average rating of 4.2 stars. 

    According to Forbes senior contributor Erik Kain, the film “is a swashbuckling good time—a film that deviates in some ways from the video games, but sticks to their spirit.”

    While both Holland and Wahlberg don’t resemble their video game counterparts, they embody the characters of Drake and Sully. Their dynamic was especially fun to watch, as both characters never trusted the other. It was especially exciting seeing Holland, known best for portraying Spider-Man, step outside the charter of the all-American boy, and into a more mature role. 

    Many of the critics disliked the film because of the young age of Tom Holland compared to the video character he was portraying. Many view Nathan Drake as much older, and critics found it somewhat jarring to see someone so young portray this iconic character. 

    The movie itself was cohesive with the video games they were based on and the story embodied the sport of the games. There was plenty of action, as well as various sequences of finding clues in various locations across the world. 

    While the film wasn’t a cinematic masterpiece, it was generally entertaining. The action was fun and the story was engaging. However, towards the end, the movie did begin to feel somewhat long and repetitive. 

    While it did feel long, many audience members have praised the film and wish the franchise to continue. Sean O’Connell of CinemaBlend sees the film as “a solid beginning for a new franchise.”

   With multiple Uncharted games, the franchise would have plenty of material for multiple films. Overall, the film was enjoyable to watch, and Tom Holland was a surprisingly entertaining Nathan Drake. I would give it a solid four out of five stars.