Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Uncharted (2022)

Summary: Street-smart Nathan Drake, is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter, Victor “Sully” Sullivan, to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada.

I have literally played 1 hour (maybe a little bit more) of the first Uncharted game. So, I’m coming at this as a movie fan, not a fan of the games. There might be minor spoilers but I feel like it’s obvious from the trailers?

Pros:

Cast and Characters.

Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. Nathan “Nate” is a young fortune hunter who gets swept up in a lost treasure that his older brother used to tell him about. He is currently a bartender and a petty thief but after meeting Sully, he gets thrown into danger. I thought Tom did a great job. Nate is a likable character, he’s quick on his toes, witty, kind of a smart-ass, smart in general and kind of “innocent” compared to the other people we meet in the movie. If there’s anyone you trust, it’s Nate. Because Tom is so charismatic, I think that helps Nate a lot, I don’t think he was written to be unlikable but because Tom is naturally likable, that helps. I think Tom did enough to separate Nate from Peter Parker, not that Peter is the only character who can be a smart-ass and witty. Like lol. The only time I got a “Peter/Spidey” feel was when he landed and he did his superhero landing. He did this lol.

But otherwise, this was not Peter Parker. I feel like that criticism is unfounded if people actually watched the movie and went into it not already trying to find Peter Parker/Spider-Man in this performance. I know people weren’t happy with Tom Holland’s casting because he’s “too young”. I don’t know how old Nathan is supposed to be in the games, but Tom is 25 and in the movie he was 25, how much older is he supposed to be? It’s a prequel. I think it works fine for the movie.

**My only problem was with the actor they chose to portray young Nathan. Tiernan Jones was supposed to be 10 years old, since the flashback takes place 15 years prior but I was immediately confused because this kid is a giant lol. Not that young kids can’t be tall but I was like, if Nate is gonna be 25 like Tom is, then this kid HAS to be 10 since it said 15 years prior but this kid is a whole 15 year old lol. It was just so funny to me and I was waiting for Nate to say how old he was in that flashback. When he said 10, I said WHERE?

  • Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Sully is a seasoned fortune hunter who previously worked with Nathan’s brother, Sam. Sully is an interesting character because I can see where they were going with him but ultimately he was just Mark Wahlberg being Mark Wahlberg. He’s snarky, smirky and you can’t trust him just as he doesn’t trust anyone. I guess that’s to be expected in this business. He’s fine though and I think he and Tom Holland had good chemistry, good banter. I read that he was tapped to play Nathan Drake in the past, which might have been interesting and while people were not happy with him being Sully either, I thought he was fine as the jaded older treasure hunter who is only out for himself, next to Tom Holland’s Nate who is a bit more eager and innocent. But again, it was just Mark being Mark lol. Like I know him personally.
  • Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada. A ruthless treasure hunter who is after the cross and treasure because he believes it is his birthright. Antonio Banderas is a treasure! I was excited to see him once I saw the trailer and I think he was a great choice for this character. I just wish we got to see him a little more because what we did see, he was threatening and intimidating. Plus, his voice is like butter lol.
  • Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer. A fellow fortune hunter and associate of Sully’s and she is the driving force of a few things that happen in the movie. They go to her because she has the matching cross, Nate develops a little crush on her and I think that turns his head a few times when it comes to choices he makes. She’s pretty much similar to Sully in how she views working with people and how no one is trustworthy but she spends a lot of the movie trying to tell Nate how Sully isn’t who he thinks he is. Not to mention, that Sully is keeping a big secret from Nate. But she doesn’t prove to be so great herself, at least not all the time. But she’s fine. Sophia Ali had good chemistry with Wahlberg and Holland and I wouldn’t be against seeing her again if there are future movies.
  • Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock. She is a mercenary working with Moncada against Nathan and Sully. I was excited to see her in the trailers because I know her from “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”, and I think she’s extremely dynamic and charismatic on screen and I think that rings true here. She has intimidation down because I think she was a true threat to everyone even though she was underestimated a few times. She had chemistry with Tom but didn’t interact with him much, it seemed like she had major backstory with Sully, which would have been interesting to see played on some more but she was good with what she was given.

Character Chemistry. I touched on this a bit but I think it’s important for characters to have chemistry with each other and I think Tom Holland Mark Wahlberg did. They played off each other well, and I think a lot of that may have to do with Tom because he’s so personable. I feel like you could have put anyone in Sully’s role and they would have worked well together. Holland and Banderas had one scene together and it was charged, I would have loved to see more interactions between them. Jo and Sully clearly had a history and I think the two actors had chemistry and I would have liked to have known more and seen a bit more.

Fun Adventure/Good Action. I think if you like Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones, National Treasure (which I like movies/games like that) then you’ll enjoy this movie. You’ve seen a lot of these elements before so I wouldn’t go into it expecting to see new material, it’s just different, but it all creates a fun adventure. I like when movies like this have situations where characters have to figure it out and I like when I’m able to do it with them. For example, one of the clues they were given talked about “heaven and hell” and figuring it out with them was fun. Also, when they were in danger and needed to trust each other, I was like “Oop, they gotta work together” lol. As for the action, I think it was very well choreographed and fun to watch. The big scene was the airplane scene with Nate being knocked out of the plane and having to jump across the flying crates. We see this right in the beginning as our cold open and then we see a bit of it again later, just from a different perspective. It’s done so well. It was tension filled.

Cons:

The Villains/Everyone is so Distrusting. So, we have a couple of “villainous” characters in this. Almost everyone, except for Nate, are pretty “villainous”, but the main villains shuffle a lot and I didn’t care for that. I think it was pretty predictable what would happen for one thing, I wish they didn’t do that. As for the “distrustful” part, they’re treasure hunters so it’s bound to happen and while I think in the end, that’s okay, the problem comes from when it’s constantly shown. After a while, it gets old and you get disappointed every time you think we’re going to get more character development but it’s like “sike!” I remember expecting a character to betray someone before the last act of the film, fully expected it but it was still disappointing when they did it. Like, we didn’t learn from this?

The Story. The story is pretty basic and I think overall the weakest aspect of the film. Being a movie about treasure hunters it can be pretty predictable what’s going to happen. I absolutely figured out major plot points before they happened, and it was a liiiitle disappointing. There aren’t any stakes and I don’t think anyone is really in any danger even though they try to act like that that’s the case. I feel like, the tone could have been slightly more “dangerous”. I feel like, if Moncado got to be way more involved than he was, that might have happened. Also, not sure how much of the dialogue was ad-libbed but I think some of the dialogue and banter was “meh”, even though I think Holland and Wahlberg worked well. You can’t stop natural chemistry lol.

Overall, this was a pretty short review but I think that’s warranted for this movie. I think it’s pretty straight forward. I liked the characters enough even if we don’t get to know them a ton. If anything, we get to know Nate the most but there was still a lot we could have learned. I think the acting is good from everyone, they’re having fun. I think it’s a good time and worth seeing. I guess depending on how much of a fan you are of the games, that could affect how you view this movie. There is a lot of potential and I’m interested in future stories, I would just like there to be actual danger and for the characters to feel like they’re in peril for real for real… because that doesn’t really happen here, I think that keeps the movie from having stakes even though they act like it does. The villains had potential but unfortunately didn’t feel very “villainous”. The story is pretty basic and I think the dialogue is inconsistent. But I had a good time, I’d definitely watch it again.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Have you seen Uncharted? If so, let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments!

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