Uncharted is a 2022 American action-adventure film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway, based on the Naughty Dog video game franchise.
Drake is hired by Sullivan to seek the fabled riches of the Magellan expedition in a race against crooked tycoon Santiago Moncada (Banderas) and mercenary leader Jo Braddock (Gabrielle).
In 2008, producer Avi Arad announced that he will be collaborating with Sony Pictures on a film adaptation of the video game franchise.
It went through a lengthy production process, with several directors, screenwriters, and cast members involved at various stages. Initially, David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, Shawn Levy, Dan Trachtenberg, and Travis Knight were intended to direct, with Wahlberg slated to play Drake.
In May 2017, Holland was cast as Drake, and Fleischer was appointed as the film’s director in early 2020. Principal photography began in March 2020, was abruptly halted, then resumed in July, and ended in October of that year, with filming sites including Berlin’s Babelsberg Studio and locales around Spain and Southeast Asia.
Uncharted was supposed to be released on December 18, 2020, but it was repeatedly postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. On February 7, 2022, it premiered at the Coliseum in Barcelona, and Sony Pictures Releasing released it theatrically in the United States on February 18.
- Tom Holland as Nathan “Nate” Drake:
- Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan
- Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada
- Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer
- Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock
- Rudy Pankow as Samuel “Sam” Drake
- Manuel de Blas appears as Armando Moncada
The film UNCHARTED tells the narrative of two men on a quest to discover a long-lost treasure. The movie starts 15 years ago. Nathan, sometimes known as Nate, is a little boy whose older brother is Sam Drake. Both of them attempt to steal a map from the Magellan expedition. They are, however, apprehended red-handed.
Sam, on the other hand, flees and promises Nate that he will track him down. Nate (Tom Holland) works as a bartender in modern-day New York and even takes things from wealthy customers without being noticed. He meets Victor Sullivan, or Sully (Mark Wahlberg), in a bar one day.
Sully is a treasure hunter who has previously worked with Sam on an expedition. After they both stole a precious diary, Sully alleges that Sam abandoned him. Nate agrees to assist Sully to recover the Magellan treasure because of the Sam link. The treasure is said to be hidden in a site that has been locked with two keys, according to folklore and the contents of the diary. One of the keys is already in Sam’s possession.
In New York, the other key is going to be auctioned off. At the auction, Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) is looking forward to purchasing this key. His family was the one who paid for the Magellan expedition. As a result, he believes that the treasure hidden by Magellan is his. Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle), a brutal mercenary, is his ally.
With the help of Nate, Sully plots to steal the key from the auction house. The trio collaborates and pulls off the heist. At one point, Nate is almost apprehended, and Sully simply flees after obtaining the key without attempting to assist Nate. This convinces Nate that Sully is a liar.
Despite this, they fly to Barcelona, Spain, where the treasure is said to be concealed. They run into Chloe Frazer here (Sophia Ali). Sully discovers that Chloe holds the other key.
She, too, warns him of Sully’s lack of trustworthiness. Meanwhile, Moncada has arrived in Barcelona and is determined to find wealth at all costs. According to the diary, the wealth is concealed behind what appears to be a pine tree. Sully is perplexed because Barcelona has an abundance of pine trees.
Nate, on the other hand, correctly predicts that the treasure is hidden in the St. Mary of the Pine church, not under a tree. They enter the holy site and discover an underground passage that leads to the treasure, hopefully. The rest of the movie revolves around what occurs next.
Box Office Collection:
Uncharted has grossed $147.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $253.1 million in other territories, totaling $401 million worldwide as of May 31, 2022.
As a result, Uncharted is now the fourth-highest-grossing film based on a video game in history. The film is currently the second-highest-grossing film in the United States, trailing only Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with $147 million. Uncharted is the sixth-highest-grossing video game adaptation worldwide.
Uncharted was released in the United States and Canada alongside Dog and The Cursed and was expected to gross $25–35 million in its opening weekend from 4,275 theatres (or $30–40 million if the Presidents’ Day holiday was factored in).
On its first day, the film grossed an estimated $15.4 million, including $3.7 million from Thursday night previews. Its opening weekend grossed $44 million in three days and $51.3 million in four days, exceeding expectations. During the first two months of 2022, it had the biggest opening.
It grossed $23 million in its second weekend, $11.1 million in its third weekend, $9.3 million in its fourth weekend, $7.8 million in its fifth weekend, $5 million in its sixth weekend, $3.7 million in its seventh weekend, $2.6 million in its eighth weekend, and $1.2 million in its ninth weekend. In its tenth weekend, the film dropped out of the top ten at the box office, finishing thirteenth with $470,643.
The film grossed $21.5 million in its first weekend outside of the United States and Canada, with 15 international markets contributing to the total (a week before its North American opening). It debuted at the top of the box office in every market it was released in, including the United Kingdom ($6.4 million), Russia ($4.5 million), and Spain ($3.5 million).
The film’s international opening weekend was reported to be higher than that of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals, all of which are set to release in 2021.
The film earned another $55.4 million in its second international weekend (the same weekend it was released in North America), bringing it’s total worldwide gross to $139 million.
The film earned an additional $35 million in its third weekend and $17.4 million in its fourth weekend from 64 markets.
With an additional $11.2 million in its fifth weekend, the film crossed the $300 million mark worldwide, and the $200 million mark overseas with an additional $19 million in its sixth weekend. The movie grossed $7.7 million in its seventh weekend, 3.1 million in its ninth, $2.1 million in its tenth, $1.4 million in its eleventh, and $1.2 million in its twelfth.
UNCHARTED is based on the same-named video game. The story by Rafe Lee Judkins, Jon Hanley Rosenberg, and Mark D Walker is a perfect blend of fun and adventure. The screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway is basic but full of fun and exciting moments. The chemistry between the male protagonists is likewise well-developed. However, many events defy rationality.
Ruben Fleischer’s direction is superb and faithful to the source material. Several of these action films can be a bit too fast-paced at times. UNCHARTED, on the other hand, is an exception. The director lets the story unfold naturally.
Despite this, the picture does not seem to lag, and he manages to cram a lot into 117 minutes. While the film delivers on its promises, it will remind audiences of films such as RED NOTICE, INDIANA JONES, FAST & FURIOUS, NATIONAL TREASURE, and others. A few plot twists are unconvincing, and the way two significant characters are treated in the second half will irritate many viewers.
UNCHARTED begins on a thrilling and unexpected note, setting the tone for the rest of the film. The flashback segment starts off in a non-dramatic manner. The auction house sequence, on the other hand, establishes the tone.
Barcelona’s chase sequence is amusing. The scene in which the trio enters the chapel is fairly long and riveting. For many, the twist at the halfway mark will be expected. Nonetheless, one anticipates what comes next. The mid-flight drama is insane. The conclusion is obvious once again, but the way events unfold makes it worthwhile to watch. A sequel is teased at the end of the film.
Tom Holland is a natural in the role of Nate. It’s difficult to forget his iconic portrayal as Spider-Man, which is a great accomplishment. Mark Wahlberg is cast in a role that is reminiscent of Ryan Reynolds’. He does, however, bring his own style and flair to the table, and it works. Sophia Ali shows a confident demeanor. She deserved to be on the screen more. Tati Gabrielle shines as the ferocious adversary. Antonio Banderas is good, although his character seems to be a caricature.
The music of Ramin Djawadi is nothing special. Chung-hoon Chung’s cinematography is stunning, especially the aerial vistas. The production design by Shepherd Frankel is lavish. The underground church scene, in particular, is stunning. The clothes of Anthony Franco and Marlene Stewart are intriguing. The action is entertaining and there is no gore. The visual effects are excellent, as expected. The editing of Chris Lebenzon and Richard Pearson is excellent.
UNCHARTED is a masala entertainer with a lot of fun. It had a wide release since it capitalized on the absence of other films in theatres this week. Because of its wide appeal and Tom Holland’s casting, it has the potential to succeed at the box office.