“Uncharted” surprises audience with the perfect balance of action and mystery


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I am a huge Tom Holland fan. After watching “Spiderman: No Way Home,” I immediately thought to myself, “how will Tom Holland follow up on such a masterpiece?” As a fan, I was concerned for his career until I saw the trailer for “Uncharted.”

Released on Feb. 18, “Uncharted” is based on a video game from early 2007 following a suspicious treasure hunter, Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), who is seeking 500-year-old treasure planted by Ferdinand Magellan. After working with Samuel Drake (Rudy Pankow) for a long time looking for this treasure, Sully recruits his brother, Nathan ‘Nate’ Drake (Tom Holland), to help him find it. What started out as a heist turns into a violent race to reach the treasure before the villain, Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), gets to it first. 

Immediately after watching the trailer, I was hooked, but when I got to the theater and the movie started, I began to feel bored. I tried to suck it up for the sole purpose of Tom Holland, but it wasn’t enough. Shortly after I declared this movie a failure, the two main characters’ journey to hunt for the treasure finally started, and I was hooked again. 

The action shots contained aspects I had never seen before, which was surprising to say the least. Most action movies nowadays have the hero and villain fighting before one finally gives up, which can be a drag. The movie contained multiple fight scenes that took place in midair. Not to mention, identical action sequences taken out from the video game. Although there were times Nate and Sully had to fight off a group of henchmen, the settings of the fights were unbelievable. The characters would start off fighting in a basic mysterious tunnel and end up in a flying pirate ship. 

The mystery of the movie was what shocked me the most. All the clues they found and the tasks they had to complete made me feel as though I was playing the video game or trapped in an escape room. Throughout the entire movie, I knew what was going to happen, but I was still in shock because of the way the scene was placed. It was almost like a jump scare, which was exhilarating. 

Also, the casting director deserves a raise. Besides every Marvel movie ever, this has to be one of the most attractive casts I have ever encountered. All actors of this movie connected beautifully, making it even more entertaining to watch. The sarcasm and wit exhibited by both Wahlberg and Holland could have been better, but overall, they did a great job for their first time working together. 

Even though there was doubt, I am grateful that Holland’s career is still intact. With the perfect cast, action and mystery, this was a perfect follow up for Holland after the insane success of “Spiderman: No Way Home.” Although the movie started at a slow pace, over time, it just got better and better.