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From Playstation to Theaters: “Uncharted” Review

by Mariah Lampus

Photo courtesy of IMDb.

On Friday, Feb. 18, “Uncharted” starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlburg released in theaters. The movie was inspired by the popular “Uncharted” action-adventure video game franchise published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and produced by Naughty Dog. The first game, “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune,” was released in 2007 exclusively on Playstation and grew to be very popular.

 Naturally, those who loved the video games speculated as to whether this movie would be worth the watch, especially once Holland was cast as the main character, Nathan Drake. In the games, Nathan Drake is an adult male who is a professional treasure hunter. In the movie adaptation, Holland’s Nathan Drake is a young adult who is recruited by Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlburg) and other supporting roles in a race against corrupt individuals to locate a fabled treasure. 

The plot of the movie puts a modern twist on the video game franchise. Many aspects of the game like combat, climbing, and puzzle solving were still included in the film adaptation, but there are a lot of things not included in the movie that are common mechanics in the games. 

There were also significant setting differences as well. The movie is largely filmed in cities in Spain. The games, however, were commonly located in islands, jungles, and deserts with only few locations in populated areas like cities or museums. 

Despite these differences, the “Uncharted” film received a 6.7/10 IMDb rating and a 40% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Audience reviews on Google have an overall positive 4.2/5 star rating. 

As someone who never played the “Uncharted” video games prior to watching this film, the concept was very entertaining, and the action was impressive. 

My favorite aspect of the movie was the chemistry between Holland and Wahlberg. Both actors were witty and seemed to genuinely enjoy their scenes together, giving the movie a comedic as well as wholesome aspect.

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