Uncharted: Movie Review

For a gaming franchise known for its grand and epic set pieces, "Uncharted" the movie pales in comparison to its gaming brethren when it comes to its creativity and memorability. While it features a big-named cast, there's no denying that this is as generic of an action experience it could have been.
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Young thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover the lost fortune of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition. Legend has it that his famous trip around the world was never about spices but gold - a hidden loot worth $5 billion in today's money. 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 of the treasure. 
Being huge fans of the "Uncharted" franchise, we knew that this movie needed to do something special to capture the magic of the video games. On some level, they were able to do it especially the banter between Nathan Drake and Sully but most aspects failed miserably. The biggest issue for us was the film's casting. It's pretty obvious why they chose Tom Holland and even Mark Wahlberg but we just couldn't get into their portrayals of these iconic characters. But if you're coming into this without any idea on the "Uncharted" video games then the casting might not be an issue at all so take our advice on this with a grain of salt also.
Outside the casting issue though, the film had bigger issues still. The villains in the film were forgettable and lacked any oomph. Moncada and his minions were lame and were mostly put as cannon fodder. The film was also littered with loopholes that just kept breaking us away from the whole expereience. Worst of all, some of the setpieces were disappointing. Considering that its brethren featured awesome and humongous sets, the film definitely had set designs that lacked any grandeur. While the film sounds terrible at this point, it's not all bad. The action was still great given its limitations and the comedy and banter was at least funny.
Rating: 2 reels

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