Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali
Release Date: May 10, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother…but only if they can learn to work together.
Please Note: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Uncharted’ follows street smart thief Nathan Drake (Holland) who finds his life thrown for a curve after meeting a treasure hunter named Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) who seems to have a connection to his missing brother. When Sully invites Nathan along on an adventure to locate a mysterious and massive treasure of myth, the two quickly find themselves thwarted at each attempt to put together the mystery. Racing against a ruthless and wealthy man named Moncada (Banderas) also intent on finding the treasure, the two groups set out on a dangerous trek across the globe with both determined to be the victor.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom) from a screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins (TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Fleischer does a pretty solid job at the helm of ‘Uncharted’ guiding along the fun and excitement with plenty of humor and style. The film’s cast includes Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: The Last Knight), Sophia Ali (TV’s The Wilds), Tati Gabrielle (TV’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Antonio Banderas (Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard) and more, with the majority offering fairly capable performances for the most part in each of their respective roles.
‘Uncharted’ is a fun and often swiftly paced ride that borrows from and mimics elements of many other great adventure films and does a fairly capable job of making much of it work within this tale, but it never really manages to establish its own unique style or leave an unforgettable impression along the way. That certainly doesn’t mean that it isn’t capable of offering plenty of thrilling fun and impressive looking moments along the way, all of which is complemented by some beautiful scenery and locations as well as leads Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland whose chemistry feels natural and helps keep the movie feeling somewhat energetic even during the duller moments.
It is worth noting that I have no real knowledge of the video game series that ‘Uncharted’ is based upon so unfortunately I’m unable to provide any significant insight on how it might compare or remain faithful (or unfaithful) to the games, therefore my review and general opinion of this one is based solely on the film itself. That being said it’s actually quite a fun and exciting ride altogether and while it does drag occasionally throughout it certainly serves up enough extravagant action and excitement to still make it worth your time. I would definitely suggest giving ‘Uncharted’ a whirl if you’re a fan of the key cast members or if you enjoy a simplistic yet entertaining globe-trotting adventure. Some fans of the game series it’s based on may have qualms with some of the film but if (like myself) you’re not familiar with the video game series then the odds are you’ll find plenty to appreciate about this easygoing adventure.
Overall, ‘Uncharted’ is an exciting and visually solid adventure that delivers a fairly generic, yet no less enjoyable ride with a notable cast at its disposal to help keep it engaging throughout some of the less thrilling moments. It may fall short in a few areas but provides a handful of impressive looking action sequences that alone should make it worth a look. ‘Uncharted’ is recommended, especially for any fans of Holland, Wahlberg or any of the other key cast members. It may not be anything extraordinary and doesn’t necessarily breach any new ground with creative or unique leaps, but it serves up a thoroughly amusing and just plain fun adventure across the world that’s worth giving a chance if you’re looking for something that will easily keep you entertained but won’t require your concrete attention to every detail within.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Uncharted’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding across the board and delivers a smooth, clean and richly detailed presentation from start to finish with no noticeable faults or issues to be uncovered along the way. It holds up beautifully even during the various darkly lit and fast moving sequences, never resulting in anything onscreen becoming problematic along the way. Overall, this is a phenomenal high definition video presentation that looks as good as it gets on Blu-ray and should absolutely thrill fans of the film.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack is also quite the treat and provides a clean, well balanced and aggressive audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, along with action and vehicle activity, nature content and bits of dialogue, plus plenty more whipping throughout the various speakers quite regularly, while never resulting in any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements becoming distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a wonderful 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that never disappoints and contributes a lot of extra fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Uncharted’ provides a solid helping of bonus content that fans of the film should enjoy. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Ruben Fleischer’, in addition to some ‘Deleted and Extended Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 10 minutes in length altogether). We are also treated to various Behind the Scenes Featurettes featuring interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘Never A Dull Moment: Stunts and Action’ (running approximately 6 minutes), ‘Becoming Nathan Drake’ (approximately 4 minutes), ‘Villains, Backstabbers, & Accomplices’ (4 minutes), ‘Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer’ (4 minutes), ‘The Buddy System’ (4 minutes) and ‘Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster’ (5 minutes). Also included is the ‘”No Mind” by Milkblood Music Video’ (3 minutes) and a collection of ‘Theatrical Marketing’ promos (approximately 4 minutes combined).
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Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
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