Review: UNCHARTED – One of the best movies based on a video game in a while

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Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas
Movie Length: 1 hours 56 minutes

What it is: The long in development movie based on the acclaimed video game of the same name from Naughty Dog Studios. Originally Wahlberg was slated to play Nathan Drake, but as the movie production never got off the ground, the role ended up going to Holland in 2017.

The movie serves as an introduction to the characters as Wahlberg’s Victor Sullivan recruits Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake to help in a search to find the fabled treasure from Magellan’s expedition. They are in a race to find the treasure before Antonio Banderas’ Santiago Moncada and Tati Gabrielle’s Jo Braddock do.

Dan’s thoughts: I’m not knowledgeable on the game the movie is based on, but I do have to say it felt very much like a video game at times. The opening scene puts you right in the middle of a high action movie before jumping back to handle some of the backstory on how the characters ended up meeting.

Tom Holland is no stranger to high intensity action scenes, fights, and stunts thanks to his time as Spider-Man, and those are in full display during the movie. I even said “oof” at some of them because they looked like they hurt (I’m not sure if they were practical or CGI, but I digress…).

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

The storyline itself was good (but not great) and kept the pace going for the entire length of the movie (just under 2 hours), and helps set up a sequel should one be greenlit.

The score was very much out of a video game and helped immensely thanks to veteran composer Ramin Djawadi whose past work includes all the seasons of Game of Thrones, Westworld, and many, many more terrific productions.

Dan’s Score: 7/10. If you’re looking for a good action movie that doesn’t require much thought, and helps kick off the “summer” movie season, go see this movie. Oh, and keep an eye out for a certain voice actor who delivers one line in a certain scene.


Uncharted is set for release on February 18th in theaters in the United States.


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