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Uncharted Blu-ray Review

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg carry “Uncharted.” 

Based on the Sony Playstation video game franchise of the same name, “Uncharted” revolves around a thief/bartender (Nathan Drake) who teams up with a treasure hunter (Sully) to find Magellan’s lost gold. Of course, Nathan and Sully aren’t the only ones looking for this bounty as a fellow treasure hunter (Chloe), a cutthroat wealthy man (Santiago) and a dagger wielding mercenary (Jo) are also searching for the hidden fortune. Elsewhere in the story is a subplot about Nathan’s missing brother.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer (best known for “Zombieland”), “Uncharted” is a peculiar video game movie in that it’s not really for the video game franchise’s fanbase. In fact, it has infuriated many fans. It’s very much designed as a blockbuster for the masses complete with appealing stars in Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg who are arguably not the best actors for the roles themselves. At the same time, Holland and Wahlberg are the best thing about the movie (I’ll get to that later) and their star power helped make it a global box office hit. As you can see, it’s a strange situation overall. 

As someone who never played the games, I knew very little about the story or the characters other than the fact that there is serious Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider vibes from it. What I can say is that the movie itself is very much an adventure yarn filled with booby traps, puzzles, double crosses, comedic quips, big action set pieces, you get the drill. The script by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Rafe Lee Judkins is basic and feels like it’s on auto-pilot much of the time and that’s perfectly OK. Considering the history of video game movies, “Uncharted” could have turned out a lot worse. As is, it’s actually a fairly enjoyable globe trotting action flick that coasts on its star power. Tom Holland (of Spider-Man fame) may be too young for the part and clearly other actors look more like Nathan Drake out there, but his charisma and physicality shines bright. Likewise, his chemistry with Mark Wahlberg is also on point. The buddy banter between the two leads is ultimately what makes “Uncharted” worthwhile. You want to go on an adventure with these two characters. Sophia Ali (Chloe) is also charming and is sure to have a future in big cinematic projects down the road.

The action here is largely entertaining if not wholly ridiculous. The cargo hold and helicopters carrying pirate ship scenes are as goofy and implausible as can be, but you have to admire their intensity. 


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Viewers can expect a nice crisp hi-def transfer. Note: This title is also available on 4K

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is perfectly leveled and soars during the action sequences.

* Digital copy
* DVD copy
* 8 deleted/extended scenes
* “Never A Dull Moment: Stunts And Action”- A behind-the-scenes look at the action sequences and stunt work.
* “Becoming Nathan Drake”- A look at bringing the video game character to the big screen.
* Sony trailers and 4 “Uncharted” promos.
* A music video for “No Mind” by Milkblood.
* “Villains, Backstabbers And Accomplices”-A featurette on the antagonist characters.
* “Charting The Course: On Set With Ruben Fleischer”- A featurette on the director.
* “The Buddy System” explores the dynamic between Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg (and their characters).
* “Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster”- A look at the C-17 action sequence.
* A solo commentary by Ruben Fleischer.


May 9, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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