Review: ‘Uncharted’ Adventure Awaits Moviegoers – Brainerd Dispatch

Review: 'Uncharted' Adventure Awaits Moviegoers - Brainerd Dispatch

BAXTER – ‘Uncharted,’ the feature film takes fans of the video game of the same name around the world without leaving their movie theater seats.

The new version stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as a thief and deceitful treasure hunter, respectively, who must find a way to work together to find Ferdinand Magellan’s gold.

The Portuguese-born explorer and his crew are said to have hidden a treasure worth an estimated $5 billion in today’s dollars. Magellan is best known for planning and leading the 1519 Spanish East Indies Expedition across the Pacific Ocean to open up a maritime trade route.

A pile of gold shines in the light.

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Holland plays Nathan Drake, a descendant of the real Sir Francis Drake, an English explorer best known for circumnavigating the globe in a single expedition from 1577 to 1580.

With adventure in the blood, Holland and his on-screen older brother, Sam, break into a museum as children in a failed attempt to steal an old map that may hold clues to the hidden treasure.

The elder Drake is kicked out of the orphanage where the brothers are staying for his latest transgression, but rather than go to jail, he runs away and promises Holland to find him later.

Years pass and a flash-forward to Holland works as a bartender at an upscale bar who also pickpockets easy and affluent customers when he meets Wahlberg one day.

Wahlberg plays Victor “Sully” Sullivan, an unknown treasure hunter who is believed to have worked with Holland’s brother, who has all but disappeared off the face of the earth.

Drake is initially suspicious and doubtful of Sullivan’s claim, but succumbs to the lure of reuniting with his long-lost brother and reluctantly agrees to team up with Sullivan despite his better judgment.

People have searched for everything in vain.

—Santiago Moncada

Treasure seekers aren’t the only ones after the fortune in undiscovered gold. Antonio Banderas plays Santiago Moncada, the last descendant of the Moncada family who supposedly financed Magellan’s expedition but did not reap the rewards of getting the gold for himself.

Moncada is ruthlessly charming and misguided as a billionaire heir who seeks even more power and wealth by finding the treasure before Drake and Sullivan learn its location.

“500 years ago, my family discovered the greatest fortune in the world, then was betrayed,” says Santiago Moncada. “People have searched for everything in vain.”

A diary sits above a map surrounded by a camera, a pair of glasses, photographs and a magnifying glass.

A diary sits above a map surrounded by a camera, a pair of glasses, photographs and a magnifying glass.

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Moncada employs a variety of henchmen led by a fresh-faced and surprisingly efficient Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock, a mercenary who may have been romantically involved with Sullivan.

Rounding out the main cast members are Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, yet another fortune hunter and potential love interest for Drake who repeatedly warns him of Sullivan’s lack of trust.

“Uncharted” may be a new take, but it feels dated with inevitable comparisons to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and “Indiana Jones” with all the blazing action.

Holland – fresh off his smash hit “Spider-Man: No Way Home” still playing in theaters – further displays his athleticism in the globe-trotting adventure.

Wahlberg doesn’t “act” so much in his movie roles, but alternately threatens, wise cracks and punches from time to time, but the veteran actor paired with the rising star is a pretty yin yang.

The two-hour film is rated PG-13 for its over-the-top and arguably cartoonish action pieces and violence, such as flying ships, cars falling off a cargo plane and more.

Moviegoers should stick around after the end credits start because, like most movies today, “Uncharted” features two post-credits scenes that just scream sequel or franchise.

“Uncharted” currently holds a 40% approval rating among critics and a much higher 90% approval rating among audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, a film and television review aggregation website.’s audience consensus reads in part: “With plenty of action and a terrific cast, ‘Uncharted’ is a solid adaptation of the games – and a fun throwback to classic adventure films of the past.”

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