• Ken Silvers

Uncharted


The film "Uncharted" opened in theaters earlier this year and for some reason fell under my radar. Thankfully, the film is now playing on Netflix so for those of us who missed the theatrical run can now see the film starring the current Spider-Man, Tim Holland, and Mark Wahlberg. The film is based on a video game franchise, so that explains why the action in the film is at times a bit over-the-top. The film opens by introducing us to orphan brothers Sam and Nathan "Nate" Drake (Holland), who have been caught trying to steal a map made after the Magellan expedition, which can lead to hidden gold. As a result of the attempted theft, Sam is thrown out of the orphanage where they reside, leaving Nate behind, but promises his younger brother he will come back to get him. The film then flashes fifteen years forward and we see Nate working as a bartender in New York City where he pickpockets wealthy customers. Nate's bar "activities" are witnessed by Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Wahlberg), a fortune hunter who has worked with Nate's brother Sam tracking treasure hidden during the aforementioned Magellan expedition. Sully explains to Nate that when he and Sam were stealing a diary containing information about the location of the hidden gold, Sam vanished. This revelation causes Nate to agree to help Sully find Sam. The two begin their adventure by attending an exclusive auction in order to get their hands on one of the golden crosses linked to the Magellan crew. While attending the auction they meet Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), the last descendant of the Moncada family, who helped finance Magellan's expedition. The two also meet Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle), the leader of Moncada's mercenaries. After an unexpected fight at the auction, Sully manages to steal the cross, and the action kicks into high gear. Now in possession of the cross, Nate and Sully head to Barcelona, Spain, where the treasure is supposedly hidden, to meet up with Sully's contact Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali), who has another cross. The trio then begin to follow clues in the diary Sully had procured with the missing Sam, and soon find themselves in the Santa Maria del Pi church, where Nate and Chloe almost meet their untimely end. Despite cheating death, Nate and Chloe find a map revealing the treasure is in the Philippines. Following the discovery, Nate, Sully and Chloe are headed to the Philippines, but due to an unexpected betrayal, are dealing with Braddock's team, who are also in pursuit of the hidden treasure. While in the Philippines, the trio and Braddock's crew, which includes vicious leader Jo, have exciting fights and an unreal attempted stealing of the newly discovered Magellan ships and the massive amounts of gold they contain. Along with video game style action, the film features betrayals, witty banter between the characters, shocking revelations, and Holland leaping about as if he is playing Spider-Man. Holland is his usual charming self, and proves he can branch out from playing Spidey. As for Wahlberg, he doesn't do anything we haven't seen him do before, with his squinting facial expressions and grumpy demeanor in which he excels. The actors' co-stars are all fine, with Gabrielle proving to be an excellent villain and worthy adversary, while Ali brings relief to the testosteronie driven duo. Director Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") keeps the action and intrigue moving at the proper pace. There is a post-credits scene you must see that leads to a sequel, of which the chairman of Sony Pictures has revealed this as the first film in a new franchise. "Uncharted" is a fun adventure film that allows you to relax, forget about turbulent world events, and have fun. Now on Netflix and available on Blu-ray, 4K and DVD. (Rated PG-13)

4/5