Film Review – Uncharted

Uncharted (M)

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

The hugely popular video game is adapted with some bright banter between its hunky cross generational lead stars and a real vibe of deja vu.

Adventurous and street-smart Nathan drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost 500 years ago – a fortune that Nathan and his brother once dreamed about finding.

But the mission proves difficult with various hurdles, clues and riddles to solve, shady characters who may or not be trust worthy after all and some competition from other greedy parties.

The most astonishing thing about Uncharted, despite the large scale action scenes, is how unable to it to find its own voice or identity. Everything about this adaptation screams The Goonies, Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider.

There is plenty of mileage milked out of the IP, Holland’s charm and the cheeky banter he shares with Wahlberg, which do a lot of heavy lifting when the script itself fails to do any of its own.

As a blockbuster, it delivers on all the spectacle that money can buy. To its credit, where else can you see two decrepit full scale pirate ships flying around in an extended mid-air battle?

Plenty of adventure, but lacking in originality, Uncharted is sure to keep undemanding audiences happy for a while.

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