Why the Uncharted film is the treasure I’ve been looking for

The newly released Uncharted film takes viewers on a globe-trotting adventure with a young and somewhat innocent Nathan Drake. Unlike the Drake from Naughty Dog’s games, Tom Holland’s version of the treasure hunter is making his way through the world by working in a bar and pickpocketing his customers. That all changes, however, when he meets Mark Wahlberg’s Victor “Sully” Sullivan, who reveals he knows Nate’s older brother Sam. After forming a somewhat rocky alliance, the duo then set off together in search of Magellan’s treasure. But this being Uncharted, there are of course others who are also after the treasure, and what ensues is a frantic race for the gold.

So, before I get into it, let’s quickly address the elephant from the room: Uncharted is a video game adaptation. These have always been a bit of a weak point throughout cinema’s history. They never really manage to hit the sweet spot that their game counterparts do so well. Be this because of poor pacing, some awkward dialogue, or a director’s desire to suddenly take a massive U-turn away from the source material, they just never seem to deliver the goods.

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