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Lake County News, CA – ‘Uncharted’ sails for adventure; ‘Angela Black’ on TV

Lake County News, CA - 'Uncharted' sails for adventure;  'Angela Black' on TV

PG-13 RATED ‘UNKNOWN’

What happens when you mix the first “Indiana Jones” movie with “Tomb Raider” and “National Treasure?” Given that one of the three is actually based on a video game, we can come to the conclusion that “Uncharted” turns out to be a hybrid of high-octane adventure and electronic thrill.

Given that it’s based on Naughty Dog’s PlayStation video game, “Uncharted” could either take the dismal path of so many failed video game-to-movie transitions, or surprise with a sense of wacky fun with sympathetic characters against evil enemies. .

Starring Tom Holland (“Spider-Man”) and Mark Wahlberg as the protagonists of a scavenger hunt, this video game movie falls into the latter category, a non-serious but fun escapade involving affable crooks in a mad dash.

In the spirit of the fantastical stunts that pervade a tough journey, the film begins with Dutchman Nathan Drake dangling dangerously by a strap attached to cargo floating on the back of a plane in flight.

More thrills are in store, but first a flashback to Nathan’s childhood. History buff Nathan is believed to be a 10-year-old orphan with his older brother Sam breaking into a museum.

Before being apprehended by security, the boys find their attention drawn to a vintage world map that offers a clue to where Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan hid a treasure worth billions.

Separated by the authorities, Sam goes on the run and young Nathan grows up without a family. Nowadays, Nathan has become a New York bartender juggling bottles like Tom Cruise in “Cocktail” and also moonlights as a pickpocket.

Recruited by Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) with the admission of knowing his long-lost brother, Nathan’s interest is piqued by Magellan’s gold fortune-seeking scheme.

But first, Nathan and Victor must infiltrate a posh auction house and coordinate a tricky scheme to steal a golden cross that unlocks clues that take them to Barcelona and beyond.

Trust issues arise between the two treasure hunters, Nathan doubts his sleazy mentor’s honesty and credibility, and while they’re not exactly close friends, they share an obsession with finding the treasure’s cache. gold probably located in a pirate’s cove.

Once in Spain, they meet one of Sully’s pals, a young woman named Chloe (Sophia Ali) who is tough and resourceful. But she’s about as trustworthy as the scorpion in the fable of hitching a ride on a frog’s back with a false promise not to sting it.

An even greater challenge for Nathan and Sully is an obsession with the sinister Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) who claims Magellan’s lost treasure belongs to his family’s House Moncada.

A more interesting and extremely dangerous villain is Moncada’s sexy accomplice Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle), and unlike Chloe, there’s no mystery as to who is on his side.

Amid backstabbings, lies and double crosses, piled high on fierce thugs fighting in a pizzeria and on the high seas and everywhere in between, Victor and Nathan are on a bumpy road filled with fast-paced thrills. and energetic.

Knowing anything about the film’s origin in a video game is irrelevant to enjoying an exciting adventure where the playful duo of Nathan and Sully turn on the chemistry of their wisecracks and their feelings to deliver a relationship. satisfying boyfriend.

Why not love the spectacular stunts that accompany 16th century Spanish galleons flying through the air for climactic battles between our heroes and Moncada’s band of henchmen and mercenaries?

Leaving open the almost certain possibility of a sequel, “Uncharted” couldn’t ask for a better scenario than a repeat performance for the main leads and their female counterparts. “Uncharted” is set to set sail for its next chapter of ventures.

‘ANGELA BLACK’ ON SPECTER

A Spectrum Originals production, the limited series “Angela Black” is a haunting psychological thriller about the life of a woman who seems like a dream, but in reality, she lives in a nightmare from which it is difficult to escape.

Angela (Joanne Froggatt) leads an ostensibly idyllic life in a pretty house in suburban London with two handsome sons and a charming, hardworking husband, and volunteers at a dog shelter.

Behind this facade of charmed domesticity, Angela is the victim of domestic violence on the part of her husband Olivier (Michiel Huisman). Although Olivier is bossy and brutal, Angela loves him and he is the father of her children.

The daily abuse causes Angela to cover her bruises with makeup and fabricate lies to explain her missing teeth. Until one day Angela is approached by Ed (Samuel Adewunmi), a private detective who rips apart her already strained domestic life.

Ed reveals Olivier’s deepest secrets to Angela, and she is confronted with horrifying truths about her husband and his betrayals.

Forced to take matters into her own hands, the situation could become desperate for a mother trying to protect her children.

Tim Riley writes film and television reviews for Lake County News.