Something Like that Happened to me Once: Uncharted Review
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Uncharted, based on the popular video game franchise, is a film that we really enjoyed. With a fun adventure-style story, cool action scenes, and a good leading man in Tom Holland, this was one we definitely recommend.
Can you Watch Uncharted on Amazon Prime?
Uncharted is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video here in Canada and can be rented from wherever you rent your movies. If you are in the United States, it can be found on Netflix. Check out Just Watch to see the streaming options for a bunch of different countries and where you can rent Uncharted based on your location.
Sebastian’s Uncharted Review – 9.1/10
Uncharted was a film that I was looking forward to since its announcement due to the fact that I love adventure films! Besides mysteries, I would say that adventure films are probably in my top 5 for movie genres and I have always loved globe-trotting treasure hunts. Whether it was Indiana Jones, The Mummy, or National Treasure I always thought it was cool to follow these adventures and it would make me want to go out looking for ancient artifacts too.
With Uncharted, I also had some connection to that franchise as I had played the game a few times when I was kid and remembered really enjoying it. After coming out of Uncharted, I have to say I think it was a fun adventure film with a lot of cool action scenes. From what I remember from the games Tom Holland seems to be playing a pretty good younger version of Nathan Drake. Besides not looking exactly like his video game counterpart, I think he captured a spirit of adventure and his quips reminded me of the ones I have seen online and from my time playing the game. Tom Holland in general is quite charming in this and it was cool to see him doing action scenes outside a Spider-Man suit. I don’t remember the character as Sully from the game as much but I thought Mark Wahlberg was quite good bringing his usual style of humour to the character.
The adventure had a really good scope as we saw many exotic locals and it definitely had that globe-trotting feeling that I wanted from this movie. The other thing I like about adventure movies is when they are rooted in history like this one and Magellan’s treasure. Just the idea that this treasure could possibly exist out there makes it all the more interesting to me. The action scenes were quite cool and although you have seen the two coolest ones in the trailer, they are super fun to see on the big screen and are well choreographed. I like what this movie sets up for the future, and I hope it does get a sequel as I have an interest in the future adventures of Nathan Drake.
All in all, this was a fun adventure movie with some really cool and entertaining action scenes and a charming leading man. So head on over to your theatre, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.
Austin’s Uncharted Review – 9.3/10
Uncharted was one of my favourite games growing up, and it was one of the first single player games I had ever played. It was a new style of game for myself, and it felt like I was playing a movie, so when they decided to make it a movie, I was understandably very excited. My expectations were sky-high, and it met them with ease. I love the way the movie flows from start to finish, jumping through a ton of hoops, but never feelings confusing or overwhelmed. The action scenes are awesome, and most of our characters are fantastic.
For those of you that haven’t plated the games, this is going to feel like an entertaining “Indiana Jones” type of a movie. It isn’t anything special in terms of action or even plot, but it is very good at fitting into that niche and keeping you entertained. The true value comes from the reason we watch any video game film, the nostalgia.
Whether it’s seeing our characters again, getting a new story, or even seeing the story we played, watching video game movies are a ton of fun when done well. This is exactly why this movie is going to be a massive hit with fans of the franchise. Uncharted is a mixed bag of a plot, cherry picking moments from the games, but shaping its own path. With characters I’ve seen a 100 times, this feels fresh and new, and I loved the way Tom Holland embodied Nathan Drake.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about Tom Holland taking on a role like Nathan Drake. Although, for anyone who has seen Cherry, Check out our review here, it is clear he has a ton of range. Tom brings a different attitude to the movie, not quite feeling the same as the Nathan Drake we came to love, but I like the personal spin he put on the character. This is a younger, less experienced Nathan than we saw in the games, and it is really cool to see him before all the backstabbing, and he gets cold. Mark Wahlberg is really good as Sully, albeit a much different Sully than we saw. He has that devious side, hellbent on getting the gold, and not owing his life to Nathan just yet. The loyalty isn’t there yet, and it makes their relationship that much more interesting.
All in all, this is a really fun movie and worth the trip to the theatre if you haven’t been in a while. There are a couple of twists and turns, but this is a really cool action movie that does a couple things in weird fashion, but i’ll touch on that in the spoilers section.
Where are the puzzles? Where are the mentions to past Drakes? We don’t use the journal nearly as much as I had expected, and the actual problem solving part was very minor compared to what I had expected. I don’t think it steals from the plot, but most of the puzzles were “put key in hole, find the keyhole” and some of the most legendary moments in the video games were solving puzzles. I loved the movie, but would have really enjoyed seeing Nathan Drake bring out that brain and solve some intense puzzles.