The Tom Holland star is full of unreal stunts and a dash of comedy
- Director – Ruben Fleischer
- Cast – Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, Antonio Banderas as Santiago Moncada, Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock, Rudy Pankow as Samuel ‘Sam’ Drake
- Producers – Avi Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner
After the resounding success of Spider-man no coming homeaudiences were eagerly waiting to see Tom Holland back on the big screen with his highly anticipated film, Unexplored. The film created a lot of buzz among the public ahead of its release as it serves as a prequel to Sony’s popular video game series of the same name.
Unexplored Film critic
Tom Holland-star Unexplored revolves around the life of Nathan “Nate” Drake and draws on several elements from Sony’s video game series in depicting the character’s childhood and older version. Tom Holland’s character, Nathan, lives a lonely life as a bartender and pickpocket after being left alone by his older brother, Sam (Rudy Pankow). The film provides insight into Nathan and Sam’s childhood revealing their fascination with finding the lost treasure hidden by the Magellan crew who were the first to circumnavigate the Earth.
The film begins with Nate and Sam attempting to steal Magellan’s map from the museum and as they get caught, Sam leaves his brother at the orphanage after giving him an ancestor belonging to him. The film then jumps 15 years and illustrates the exciting life of Nathan Drake as a charming bartender and con man who pickpockets from wealthy customers.
The plot reveals a twist when Nathan Drake meets Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) who introduces himself as a treasure hunter and acquaintance of Nathan’s brother Sam and urges him to go with him to find Magellan’s lost treasure. . In order to search for his brother Sam, Nathan joins forces with Sully on the treasure hunt. The story goes on to describe their intriguing treasure hunt while introducing other key characters from the film along with the main antagonists, Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) and Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle).
While the story building in the first half of the film keeps the audience glued to their seats, the latter part loses its charm. The only thing that keeps the audience’s attention is Tom Holland’s sense of humor. As some of Tom Holland’s interviews revealed how he encountered difficulties while shooting the action sequences of the movie, his hard work definitely paid off as his thrilling action sequences were intriguing to watch.
Tati Gabrielle also leaves everyone stunned with her wicked charm and well-executed action scenes. The film’s background music will surely be a treat for viewers who have played the Unexplored Both games and creators have beautifully slipped exhilarating video game soundtracks into the scenes. The directors also manage to portray fascinating locations in the film. While talking about the performances of the other cast members, Sophia Ali who tries out the role of Sully’s acquaintance, Chloe Frazer, manages to give a memorable performance despite having less screen time in the film.
What does not work:
The film jumps from character to character without giving each character much depth or storyline. Although Tom Holland’s performance in the film is captivating, he could be seen as a little too young to play such a talented bartender or even con man. For Antonio Banderas, who plays a central character in the film, the Spanish entertainer may have been used far less than he deserves, ultimately failing to leave a mark as one of the film’s main antagonists.
Although the film may disappoint those who have already played the Unexplored video game series, it might prove interesting for those who have not yet explored the world of the game series. The movie keeps audiences engaged in bits and pieces and conveniently leaves time to catch a toilet or popcorn break. For those feeling eager to get out of theaters after seeing the climax, the post-credit scenes might instead provide an adrenaline rush with major reveals for the next film.
Reviewer rating: 3/5
Image: Uncharted movie poster
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