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Review: ‘Uncharted’ is a little all over the map – and not in a bad way

Mark Wahlberg, left, and Tom Holland in 'Uncharted.' Picture: Clay Enos/Columbia Pictures/ Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Mark Wahlberg, left, and Tom Holland in 'Uncharted.' Picture: Clay Enos/Columbia Pictures/ Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In the age of Google Maps and Google Earth, it's refreshing, if perhaps a little naive, to imagine a world where, as the name of a new movie suggests, certain parts of it can still remain.

Still, "Uncharted," the action-adventure movie inspired by the treasure-hunting video game franchise, is just as old-fashioned as the idea of ​​16th-century Spanish galleons filled with billions of dollars' worth of gold hiding somewhere. not yet pinned on a map.

The movie seems to open with a bit of advertising fact: a scene with no warning or preface to what's going on sets the level of preposterous that we're about to be treated to right away.

Tom Holland (playing who or what we don't know yet) is shown unconscious and clinging to a huge chain of packages coming from the open bay of a cargo plane with his shoe tucked into the mesh of a large trunk. in the air, like a string of giant pearls.

In the next minute, her character wakes up and performs a derring-do ballet that is as physically impossible as it is fun to watch.

This assumes you intend to swallow this malarkey load. Directed by Ruben Fleischer from the "Zombieland" movies with cartoonish glee and a special exemption from the law of gravity, the film tells us: "If you can't buy this bubble, you can stop watching it now. It's only going to get worse."

Or better yet, depending on your mood.

Holland plays Nate Drake, said to be a descendant of the pirate Francis Drake, and the pickpocket-turned partner of Mark Wahlberg's Victor "Sully" Sullivan. Ferdinand Magellan for hundreds of years.

Their rivalry on the hunt comes from three unscrupulous rivals played by Antonio Banderas, Tati Gabrielle, and Sophia Ali, Nate and Sully's one-time co-worker.

Alliances are shifting like the wind here, including those between Nate and Sully (who almost complained of a bad ankle and poor vision with the 50-year-old Wahlberg advancing, um, a playful nod to his maturity).

The resulting is part heist movie, part "Mission: Impossible" - part Dan Brown (for the puzzles), Nicolas Cage's DNA in "National Treasure", and slightly embellished lightly funny friendly jokes. "Treasure of Sierra Madre" existential darkness.

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All shot in Fleischer's distinctive kinetic style, culminating in a chase scene between two freight helicopters carrying large wooden boats over the Banda Sea. (The "Uncharted" globe-trots from New York to Teterboro, Barcelona to the Philippines, which is true for this sort of thing, though really take place in a completely imaginary world.)

As for whether it's good or not, does it matter?

We've all been trapped for so long that it feels a little healthy to dream about flight - not just the aviation genre, but the fantasy flights that "Uncharted" takes us.

Is it forced? Yeah. Mind-blowing, eye-rolling, and absurd. It also seems a little unreasonable to expect more or less from "Uncharted".