Movie Title: Uncharted
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas
Run Time: 116 mins
Year: 2022
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Sony's 'Uncharted' is an adaptation of their popular Playstation video game series of the same name. The movie is led by Tom Holland, hot off his Spider-man hype train, as Nathan Drake and followed by the street-smart Victor Sullivan as his mentor, played by Mark Wahlberg.

The movie is a classic action-adventure flick, in the vein of Indiana Jones, chock-full of intense action set pieces to have you on the edge of your seat.

Now, if you know anything about the video game series that this is based on, this movie does not follow the same version of the character that the game does. Instead, this is a younger version of Nathan Drake, who is just getting his start in the treasure-hunting world, not the older, more experienced one that leads the games.

As for it being age-appropriate, the movie rated at PG-13, which is a fitting rating with the relatively infrequent use of colourful language and violence through the action scenes. As for the positive messages and role models in this movie, I can't say that there's much at all since the core premise revolves around roguish characters hustling and their ill-gotten gains. That and the fact that the protagonist kills a few dozen nameless henchmen without much remorse.

Now, admittedly I am what one might call a die-hard fan of the source material, so my judgement on the movie is pretty strict. That being said, the movie isn't anything special. The movie fails as an adaptation because it doesn't quite capture a fundamental aspect of the games, which is the witty writing and snappy chemistry between characters. Along with that, while Tom Holland is undeniably a good actor and is capable of being a leading man, he can't quite capture the everyman charm of Nathan Drake. Mark Wahlberg too doesn't quite capture the same character that he's adapting, this makes it feel like the actors have put little effort into researching and understanding the characters that they're bringing to the screen. On the bright side, the movie does a good job at bringing the action sequences that really cement the 'action' in this action-adventure movie. One scene, in particular, to watch over is the sequence involving a character falling out of a plane- a set-piece directly ripped from the games. One may also feel that this movie works better when thought of as a prequel, that's setting up the characters and stories that feature in the game series.

With all that in mind, 2022's 'Uncharted' remains to be a relatively fun movie if  thought of as either separate from the game series or as a prequel to the stories they tell. However, as an adaptation of the series and to fans of the series will probably see this as a Hollywood cash-grab. Nonetheless, 'Uncharted' is a somewhat fun, turn-your brain off type of action movie.

Nirek Panditha
Author: Nirek Panditha
Self professed film buff, aspiring writer and comic book geek.
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