REVIEW: ‘Uncharted’ (2022)

Uncharted is still best seen on the big screen for its extravagant special effects as well as Tom Holland’s efforts to bring to life a rather underdeveloped character in an equally uninteresting action-adventure story that is mostly rehashed.

In the story, street-smart thief Nathan Drake (#TomHolland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. That alone entails the multiple mentions of “The Philippines” throughout its almost two-hour runtime. With that taken into consideration, any Filipino may clap their hands with pride for this frequent nod to the social media savvy audience in our country.

True enough, the goal to do the seemingly impossible heist for the two protagonists lead to a “globe-trotting, white-knuckle race” against Moncada (played by the ever-reliable Antonio Banderas). His ruthless character believes that his family is the rightful heir to Magellan’s centuries-old fortunes.

There’s really nothing special in the story as they are staple in contents with treasure hunts, history (and love interest) intertwined. The stunts are incredible enough to keep you glued as they have fun and struggle to search for the $5 billion treasure (with suspension of disbelief on how these characters move around and make these decisions that propel their quest).

If this is something you’d like to enjoy with surround sounds and a large screen to watch on, don’t forget to catch this video-game-turned-movie in local theaters today.

Special thanks goes to Columbia Pictures Philippines for the invite to the press advance screening of #UnchartedMovie, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg at the Director’s Club of The Podium last week.

About Uncharted

Columbia Pictures presents an Arad Productions / Atlas Entertainment / PlayStation Productions production, Uncharted. Starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad. Screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. Screen Story by Rafe Lee Judkins and Jon Hanley Rosenberg & Mark D. Walker. Based on the PlayStation video game by Naughty Dog. Executive Producers are Ruben Fleischer, Robert J. Dohrmann, David Bernad, Tom Holland, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Neil Druckmann, Evan Wells, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway. Director of Photography is Chung-hoon Chung. Production Designer is Shepherd Frankel. Edited by Chris Lebenzon, ACE and Richard Pearson, ACE. Costume Designer is Marlene Stewart. Music by Ramin Djawadi. Music Supervision by Gabe Hilfer.

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