Films with treasure and clues have always appealed to me. And a film with Tom Holland dangling by ropes and crates from a plane in peril is even more my kind of treasure hunt flick. Unchartered fits this bill.
Fans of the Uncharted video games will also love the Uncharted movie. Holland goes from jumping and slinging webs as Spiderman in the video games to jumping and swinging from planes as Nathan Drake in Uncharted. I loved the Uncharted video games and that definitely added to my enjoyment of this film. It helps that the film also has a better story line than the games ever had.
In Uncharted Nathan Drake is a smart kid who also happens too be a thief. He is recruited by Victor “Sully” Sullivan, played by Mark Wahlberg, to assist in hunting for a fortune that was lost 500 years ago by Ferdinand Magellan. Drake and Sullivan could become extremely wealthy if they find the treasure, but greedy and ruthless millionaire Santiago Moncada, played by Antonio Banderas, stands in their way. The plot is a little cheesy at times, but the film has a clever premise and the interactions between Holland and Wahlberg are entertaining.
Unlike the video games, which were skewed toward young people, Unchartedthe film is a fun ride for all ages. It’s a cat and mouse game at times and the tactics they employ are creative and visually funny, yet suspenseful. It is also witty, heartfelt, and adventurous. This film isn’t without flaws, but I still found it entertaining. Three stars for Uncharted.