Uncharted (2022) Review

So I saw Uncharted over the weekend on Saturday, it was pretty good. For those who don’t know, Uncharted is a movie adaptation of the popular Sony PlayStation exclusive video game series of the same name. The series is about the adventures of Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan, two adventurers and treasure hunters with shady pasts. And that is where my knowledge on the series ends as I’ve never played the games since I haven’t had a PlayStation console since the PS2. So anything I know about the series comes from Google, this movie, and some game clips I’ve watched. 

The movie stars Tom Holland as a younger Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan (Sully as he’s known), Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada, Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, and Tati Gabrielle as Braddock. By younger I mean that these versions of the characters are younger in comparison to their video game versions. The movie is about Nathan Drake going on his first adventure as he gets drawn into the treasure hunting world by Sully to find a lost fortune of gold, and the dangers that presents in the opposing forces of Santiago Moncada as he tries to find his family’s lost fortune (even though they’re still incredibly wealthy and powerful). While on this adventure he is also trying to find out what happened to his long lost Brother Sam who Sully, Chloe, and Braddock have a past with. I think the story and plot are effective for this type of movie. The twists and turns allow us and Drake to learn what this life he’s getting into is truly like and I enjoy how we see him slowly become accustomed to this life. We also see him slowly become a bit of the Drake we see in the games. I enjoy how the movie is this adventure that we don’t have much of anymore. In the same vein as Indiana Jones with some cool big set pieces. 

I think the characters and performances were good and effective throughout the movie. I know a lot of people have a problem with the casting of Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as Drake and Sully, but I don’t really have that problem. This can be viewed as an origin story for Drake and their first meeting and adventure together. I think they work well together and I think they fit their roles well enough. I feel like Tom does well in this role and is pretty effective, especially with how physical the character is. Although he still does a bit of that Marty McFly voice he does when speaking in an American accent. Wahlberg does pretty good as well, the right amount of untrustworthiness and caring. Everyone else is effective in their roles as well. Although I think Santiago and Braddock could have used something more to make them more interesting as villains. Braddock has her past with Sully and Sam, but over-all they kind of fall a little flat as villains. 

For the technical side of things, I think the effects are pretty standard and work well enough for the movie. There’s some iffy parts during the big airplane sequence that is seen in all the marketing. It’s weird how that sequence has some iffy looking parts, but the final big sequence doesn’t and that involves some big stuff that could have looked off. I wonder if that was done on a practical set as the ships look pretty good. The action was mostly good, a few moments of some confusing editing but mostly good and effective. The music was pretty standard throughout, nothing too memorable or anything. The movie looks pretty good throughout, nothing that stands out. The game references throughout the movie were cool and interesting to see, even if I didn’t understand a lot of them. 

Over-all it was a fun movie to watch and a pretty good adaptation of the source material. I give it 1 thumb up, see it if you’re interested or want to. Although go in with an open mind if you’re a fan of the games as I know a lot of people that like the games have issues with this movie.