Uncharted – MOVIE REVIEW
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star in this adventure spectacular based on the popular video game series by Naughty Dog. Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) recruits street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) to embark on a once in a lifetime adventure to recover a 500-year-old lost fortune left behind by explorer Ferdinand Magellan. However, Nathan soon realises that it’s more than he bargained for as they race to get to the fortune first before a private army organisation puts a stop to their journey.
Video game movies are a unique kind and have come in all shapes and sizes since the genre first made its appearance on the silver screen. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows at first. This was the case for a handful of movies based on popular video games in the past where the idea was fantastic but the final product became a disaster. It was mainly because of the lack of knowledge about the video game by filmmakers but in recent years the passion and knowledge have grown with movie producers and so has the popularity for the genre. With the release of Detective Pikachu, Monster Hunter and Sonic The Hedgehog (after the character remake incident) in recent years these movies are really making a name for themselves now and I’m happy to say that Uncharted is no different.
With a game like Uncharted, which is so rich in its story, it could easily be turned into a blockbuster movie and has huge potential to be successful. So thank god that the filmmakers also thought the same. The problem that video game movies sometimes have, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in a way, is that they only make them so that you need to understand the game to know what’s going on in the movie and may not appeal to the wider film community. However, with Uncharted this is not the case and far from it. Yes ok, it may seem far fetched at times and for some people, it may get confusing but isn’t that the case with most films?
When I first saw the casting list for this film a year back, I did wonder whether Tom Holland was the right choice. Don’t get me wrong he’s a great actor but personally, I thought he was a little too young to be playing Nathan Drake. Fortunately, though he turned out to be the perfect fit and really made his own version of the famous character and developed it into his own version. What they did with the story overall I quite liked as well focussing on a younger version of Drake and giving him a whole new original for the film adding a different side to the franchise. Of course, the film has a truckload of Uncharted references from the game, it’s bound to, but the storyline was completely original for the film adaptation giving the gaming fans a story they have not heard before.
Whether you enjoyed the story or not, you can’t argue that you were on the edge of your seat all the way through. Some of the stunts they did for the movie I have not seen in any movie before and was a true spectacle to see. As I mentioned before, the film contained a lot of references to the game. Even the way they shot some of the opening scenes was similar to how Uncharted: A Thief’s End started which I believe will be a treat for all fans of the franchise. What amazed me the most was how much the child versions of Nathan and Sam during the opening scenes of the movie almost looked identical to the young Nathan and Sam in the games. Mark Wahlberg aced his part of Victor Sullivan and got his personality just right. Although I thought that he could have made a great Nathan if the film decided to focus on an older Drake story.
If you haven’t seen it yet then I highly recommend you give it a try. Even if you haven’t played the game or haven’t heard of the franchise until now you’ll soon be glued to the screen the moment it comes on.