As a HUGE fan of the Uncharted games, I couldn’t wait to see this movie, but I was able to temper my expectations. Especially with the long line of directors and stars formerly attached. When it was finally announced that Tom Holland would be playing our titular hero, I was happy. I liked him as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. I could picture him as a young Nathan Drake.
I also enjoy Mark Wahlberg, but him as Sully? I didn’t see it. He was originally attached to play Drake, so I’m glad they decided to go with the flashback story from A Thief’s End as it the base of the film. His chemistry with Holland was great though. He just didn’t have the Sully gruff I came to expect from playing the games.
It’s not a perfect movie but is a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to the sequel. I’m sold on Holland as a young Drake. Loved the integration of game elements, such as starting with a flash-forward, some of the dialogue, and many of his signature elements from fighting and climbing.
Uncharted is a divisive movie. Not everyone is going to like it. Watch it and decide for yourself.
Sony doesn’t go in halfway when it comes to video. The production on this HDR10 or Dolby Vision depending on your playback capabilities look stunning. There is a small visual edge, to my eyes anyway, to the Dolby Vision. It’s just a smidge better at the HDR elements and hair more vivid.
I did notice something, that I’m not sure if it’s an FX flaw when they tried to make the digital version look like film, but at the 33-minute mark, there is a wide shot with Sully, Drake and Chloe where the trio looks slightly out of focus, while the cement rail they are standing in front of is in focus. Here is a picture I took from my phone and if you look at the repair work on the left you can see the layers of cement used in the repair.
Like all anamorphically shot films, there is a slight edge blur due to the way the lenses capture the scenes (I usually notice it most on the bottom of the screen).
Sony is usually doesn’t disappoint here either, but they fell a little shy of a demo-worthy disc with a mediocre Dobly Atmos track with a few standout exceptions. The heights are dynamic but only used properly, a few times, in my opinion. Such as the cargo plane sequence and when Drake and Sully are hiding in the ship.
The LFE doesn’t pound quite as hard as I would have expected in an action/adventure tentpole film, that is until the cargo plane sequence. That’s when the Atmos track will really push your subwoofer. Dialogue is always clear, the sound effects fly through the soundscape, and the music sounds fantastic.
As with most 4K UltraHD releases most of the extras are on the Blu-ray disc. The exception is the commentary which is on both. While there are lots they are all a little light with a few exceptions.
Audio Commentary with Director Ruben Fleischer: I’ve been hoping for an audio commentary, and he did provide some cool insights into the film. He can be a little dry and could have benefited from someone else joining him.
Deleted and Extended Scenes: Most of these were smart cuts. I did enjoy the original Sully intro from the trailer, but the one used in the movie worked better.
- Museum Deleted Scene
- Original Sully Intro
- Private Plane Extended Cut
- Alternate Barcelona Arrival
- Extended Safe House & Balcony
- Braddock Finds Sully Outside the Antechamber
- Inside the Car Trunk
- Nate Finds Magellan’s Note
Never a Dull Moment: Stunts & Action: A brief glimpse at some of the stunts. In multiple extras, they say Tom did more stunts in this movie and more time in wires than in Spider-Man movies.
Becoming Nathan Drake: Blah blah. Fluff piece.
Villains, Backstabbers & Accomplices: A short look at the other characters in the film (Antonio Banderas, Tati Gabrielle, and Sophia Ali.
Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer: Just more fluff where they gush over the director.
The Buddy System: This shows some of the chemistry between the two mains.
Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster: I wish they would have spent more time on this one, however it was very insightful on how much work went into making it work.
Music Video – No Mind by Milkblood: meh
Theatrical Marketing: The four different spots that were shown in theatres before the film was released.
Conclusions and Final Thoughts
Uncharted will not be everyone’s cup of tea. You may disagree with my opinion and that’s okay because that’s movies. We’re allowed to enjoy the same ones or different ones. Given Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s track record I did expect another demo disc and this one fell a little shy of hitting that level. Feel free to write your own review to tell us what you think.