In the search for a new Indiana Jones style adventure/mystery, you could do worse than Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake and Uncharted. Uncharted is a series rooted in mystery, ancient traps and puzzles which are hundreds of years old, punctuated by action set-pieces which are well-staged and exciting.
It helps that as a leading man, Holland is likeable, charming and perfectly out-of-his-depth. For those that are big fans of the Uncharted video game series, this is very much pre-video game Drake, a sort of “Nathan Drake Begins” as we slowly see him become the confident and self-assured but fairly bumbling “archaeologist” he becomes in the games. It also gives the movie series a chance to distance itself from the video games and build its own story and there is a decent one to be had here.
Uncharted doesn’t offer anything too incredible when it comes to a story or a plot but if you’re looking for a decent mystery, solid puzzling and some great action sequences, then the plot does the job. It does overly rely on double-crossing and characters not being who they say they are and by the third or fourth “reveal” of someone’s true nature, it can be exhausting but there is enough about it to keep the film ticking along with no lulls or exposition laden scenes.
In fact, there is plenty of potential here for a decent franchise if this film sees enough success. Holland could carry this character for a long while yet and he works well with the Mark Wahlberg’s Sully. They have good chemistry and there is a story-arc to their friendship which works well and means you want to come back to see more of the pair once the credits have rolled.
Even if it doesn’t get a sequel, this is a very fun and very exciting movie in its own right. The set-pieces and moments of action are staged very well and although they stretch credibility, if you are willing to buy into the suspension of disbelief, there is a lot to enjoy here.
Overall, Uncharted is a solid action/adventure movie which shows there is room for an action hero archaeologist in Hollywood besides the fedora wearing one. The film does a good job with the puzzles, mystery and best of all, very exciting action sequences. Holland holds the film together well, alongside a very game Wahlberg, which means there is lots of potential in this series if the interest is there.
Rating – 4
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