Linda Cook review: ‘Uncharted’ is a true-to-life copy of the ‘Indiana Jones’ films


If you think “Uncharted” sounds familiar, you’re right.

It’s a bit like “National Treasure” and “The Mummy”, as well as their derivatives, the “Indiana Jones” films.

It’s also a video game. and that’s pretty much what you think it will be: lots of action for a few hours and not much to remember on the way back.

Tom Holland plays Nathan Drake, a Manhattan bartender/thief.

One evening, a guy named Sully (Mark Wahlberg) walks into the bar and tries to entice Nathan to go on a quest with him: Sully goes in search of explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s lost treasure.

Sully knew Nathan’s older brother, who abandoned his younger brother when he left an orphanage to travel.

Nathan is smart and cultured. He knows his story (much like a certain Harrison Ford character), so he’s a perfect match for Sully, who has an eye for the ladies but never stops thinking about his agenda.

The two plot a savage theft of a gold cross at an auction in Soho. After that, the pair begin their adventures by traveling the world (true to the spirit of the game) to find the clues and resources to access the loot.

Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) also wants the loot. He hires Braddock (Tati Gabrielle) to help him get it.

Chloé (Sophia Ali) also wants gold. This leads to double and triple crosses, as treasure hunters escape complex traps.

The film is exactly what you think it will be: a bland version of the films that came before it. You’ll see Holland, known primarily for his role as Spider-Man, in many familiar poses – without his webs, of course – as he soars through the air and generally defies gravity.

There’s a lot going on here, but it’s rarely engaging. The characters aren’t interesting enough to be reviled or rooted for.

I imagine viewers who have played the game will enjoy it more than those of us who haven’t. Still, most viewers would be better off spending their time rewatching “Raiders of the Lost Ark” instead of this less than stellar copy.

1 ½ stars

Duration: 116 minutes.

Rated: PG-13 for violence and foul language.

At Cinemark, Davenport; Regal, Moline; and Palms 10, muscatine.

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