Uncharted (2022) Review

Nathan Drake is recruited by treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan to recover a fortune that has been lost for over 500 years, but can anyone actually be trusted in this new world he enters?

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The start of the film turns out to actually be more of the middle or final third, as we are transported back to fifteen years earlier and then the build up to that opening moment. We see a young Nathan and his older brother Sam getting into trouble but also an important plot point in seeing the map and Nate being told about the treasure that was never actually found, instilling that idea in his head and when he must leave before being taken away Sam promises he will come back for him.

In New York a now older Nathan is working as a barman and rather impressive mixing and making the drinks, whilst also stealing as much as he can possibly get away with. Something that does not go unnoticed one night by Sully. It doesn’t take long for Nathan to be intrigued by Sully and agrees to go with him on the treasure hunt, but only because he claims to know where Sam currently is.

Chloe Frazer and Braddock who Sully seems to know rather personally are both attempting to find the treasure as well, with the pair of keys. Santiago Moncada believes the key and treasure is part of his birth right and was attempting to buy the second one at an auction.

The plot has plenty of twists and turns throughout and while by the trailers and the opening scene it looks as though the film is full on action, but that is not really the case. It feels somewhat like National Treasure, Indiana Jones and even a little bit of The Mummy and Tomb Raider mashed together. The thing is though it works and manages to be enjoyable from start to finish.

Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland really do work so well together and it was a duo I really did not realise that I needed so badly in my life. Seriously though they do work very well together and I liked watching them bounce off each other. It has to be said though that Holland has been a little bit typecast by his Peter Parker role and you can feel that at times during his performance in this film. It works well enough though right? Antonio Banderas was a great choice as the villain, although does he actually get enough screen time has to be the biggest question, in a short answer I would say not really.

We then get two rather kick ass female performances from Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle who are not to be messed with for very different reasons. I have to give it to Gabrielle for having the more evil stand point and that I actually enjoyed hating her character!

I have no background knowledge of the video game that the film is then based on or a prequel to, so it will be interesting to see how those who have played all of the games find the adaptation to the screen.

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