Review: Uncharted

Seiya Mutreja, Staff Reporter

“Uncharted” directed by Ruben Fleisher released to theaters on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. The movie was highly anticipated due to a promising cast composed of Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas and Tat

Uncharted Poster

i Gabrielle. In spite of the tremendous cast, many believe that the film lacked substance.

Uncharted was an adaptation of the popular video game with the same name. In the movie, Victor “Sully” Sullivan, played by Mark Wahlberg, recruits Nathan Drake, played by Tom Holland, to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan. Despite Sully’s association with Drake’s missing older brother Sam, Drake and Sully constantly struggle to cooperate with each other and their partner, Chloe Frazer. They had to learn to work together when it really mattered to recover the fortune and survive.

Uncharted is a classic adventure movie: a protagonist had to go on an adventure to an unfamiliar environment only to find an unexpected risk that they must overcome, changing them as a person. Unfortunately, in spite of the tremendous cast, the movie was slow paced and lacked impact. It was fairly predictable and underwhelming. On the other hand, the humor, casting and budget were able to make up for the blandness of the movie, making it a fun, brainless movie. It’s the type of movie where you just sit back and enjoy it to pass time. 

The film introduces a relationship between Sully and Drake which may be developed in the upcoming sequel which was teased at the end of the movie. While Sully, as he was portrayed, does not exactly fit the picture for an ideal mentor, hopefully the development of their relationship and characters in upcoming movies will add some semblance of depth to the otherwise plot-lacking movie.

Overall, with 2 hours of brainless humor, and an engaging cast, “Uncharted” is the perfect movie to watch if you just want to pass time.