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Uncharted follows Nathan Drake (Tom Holland), a street-smart thief recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor Sullivan to recover a treasure lost by the intrepid explorer Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.

Uncharted began life as a popular video game franchise created by Naughty Dog before being adapted for the big screen.

The popularity of the “Treasure Hunt” genre has waned since the 1980s when hits such as Goonies and Romancing The Stone were popular.

This film, however, resurrects the genre by delivering a dynamic action movie and bankable talent.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway, the action-adventure movie stars Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg with Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas in supporting roles.

What Is Uncharted About?

Uncharted follows the thrilling journey of orphaned brothers Sam and Nathan Drake. The story begins with their attempt to steal a valuable map from a Boston museum, a map tied to the historic Magellan expedition.

However, their heist goes awry, and Sam makes a promise to Nate before disappearing, leaving behind a family heirloom – an ancestral ring linked to Sir Francis Drake.

Fifteen years later, Nate leads a low-key life as a bartender in New York City, resorting to pickpocketing to make ends meet. His world takes a sudden turn when he encounters seasoned treasure hunter Victor Sullivan, who had worked with Sam in the past.

Sully informs Nate that Sam has gone missing after their attempt to steal Juan Sebastian Elcano's diary, and hasn't received any contact from him. Concerned for his safety, they agree to work together to find Nate's long-lost brother.

Their quest takes them to an auction where they aim to steal a valuable golden cross, connected to the Magellan crew.

Here, they cross paths with Santiago Moncada and Jo Braddock, who lead a group of mercenaries. In the ensuing chaos, Nate is ambushed by Braddock's men, setting the stage for their perilous journey.

As they follow clues from Elcano's diary and explore hidden crypts in Barcelona, they uncover secrets about the treasure's location and the truth behind Sam's apparent death.

Along the way, betrayals and treacherous alliances test their resolve, which escalates with a climactic showdown, leading to a final revelation about Sam's fate.

Uncharted Official Trailer

Is Uncharted Worth Watching?

Tom Holland is perfect for the role of Nathan Drake. Sully, Mark Wahlberg's (The Fighter) gruff but lovable mentor, is also great. As the film's villain, Antonio Banderas delivers a fun performance.

To balance out all that macho energy, we have Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope), who add some female flare to the proceedings.

The movie is not without its flaws. The plot is pretty thin and predictable. But let's not pretend that the Indiana Jones scripts were masterpieces, either. We're here for fun, and Uncharted movie delivers in spades.

Uncharted is a lot of fun. It's not going to change your life, but it's a great way to spend two hours, especially as there are fewer and fewer movies these days which the whole family can enjoy together.

I was surprised to see that Uncharted scored only 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. So much of the online criticism of the movie seems at odds with the audience's reaction. There is a strange phenomenon among professional film critics to judge a kid's film like an entry at the Sundance film festival.

Uncharted is not Citizen Kane, but it's also not trying to be. Instead, it's a fun and exciting video game adaptation that is exactly what it sets out to be. And, in my opinion, it succeeds admirably.

Arguably the box office takings are the best judge of the success of a film. Uncharted had a budget of $120 million and, to date, has grossed over $400 million worldwide. So, I think it's safe to say that the audience loves this movie, even if the critics don't.

My advice? Ignore the naysayers and watch Uncharted for yourself. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Cast Of Uncharted Movie

Tom Holland as street-smart Nathan Drake, a young bartender who is recruited by Sully to find the fabled treasure of the Magellan expedition.

Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, a fortune hunter who previously worked with Nate's brother, Sam, tracking treasure hidden by the Magellan crew.

Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada, a ruthless treasure hunter and all-round villain.

Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, a fortune hunter and Sully's associate.

Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock, a mercenary working with Moncada

Rudy Pankow as Sam Drake, Nathan's brother.

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  • Fun
  • Tom Holland
  • Action Packed


  • Little To Do With The Game Franchise


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