Films based on video games have always been tricky. There have been some awful ones and a handful of good ones. Primarily, video game-inspired films can fall into that limbo of good if you have never played the game but irritating to gamers who see all the flaws. Uncharted is the latest film based on an award-winning video game franchise that gives us star power but not enough of anything else to keep us interested.
Uncharted, after all, is an action, adventure, treasure hunt film. As a fan, I can’t help but think of personal favorites like Aladdin (1992), The Mummy (1999), National Treasure (2004), Indiana Jones (first three), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Goonies, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The Da Vinci Code. Uncharted, on the surface, is an exciting, action-packed adventure with treasure. It’s fun, comical, smart, and dangerous. But, what else? For a great treasure hunt movie, you need the characters, the story, the journey, and the treasure. Uncharted is shaky with all of it. The film straddles the line of hit or miss, which results in a mediocre presentation.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom), Uncharted follows Nathan Drake (Tom Holland, Spider-Man: No Way Home), the young, street-savvy history buff, and his pursuit of the “greatest treasure never found” with Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter), the untrustworthy, seasoned treasure hunter who worked with Nathan’s long-lost brother. Along the way, they pick up a former colleague, Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali, The Wilds), who doesn’t trust Sullivan as far as she can throw him. Of course, others are looking for the treasure in the name of the Moncada family, who have a long history with money-making expeditions. The film also features Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro) and Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). It’s based on a video game of the same name by Naughty Dog LLC.
I’m no history buff, so accuracy in historical artifacts is not why I see treasure hunting films. Uncharted sets the stage with history, dates, and cool…