Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
Directed by Rubin Fleischer
Written by Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway
Video games are big business. They have epic story lines, compelling characters, and huge fan bases. Sony has a long run of Uncharted games under its belt to green-light a movie was a no-brainer. Yet the film would have lots of complications with directors and a pandemic postponing release for over a year. Tom Holland has had a fantastic year with Spiderman: No Way Home becoming the 6th highest grossing movie of all time. With that franchise for him ending he seems to have already launched himself into another franchise playing Nathan Drake. What makes this film appealing is it takes elements of Indiana Jones and National Treasure to give just enough of a feeling of danger among the adventure at hand. There is not much I would change in this film. It quickly accomplishes what it sets out to do, and I think it nails the video games narratives well. Therefore I give this film a Writing a Movie RIGHT review.
Here comes the spoilers.
An unconscious Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) wakes up to dangling off a cargo crate trailing off the back of a plane above the ocean. He fights his way back to the plane and then cut to fifteen years earlier. Two brothers, Sam and Nathan Drake, break into a museum and are about to take the map of the Magellan expedition. Sam believes there was two ships full of gold that was hidden along the route. They get caught and Sam is about to be sent to jail when he decides to run away and leave his younger brother behind. Fifteen years later Nathan is working as a bartender who occasionally pickpockets jewelry from rich women who come by his bar. Sitting at his bar watching him is Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). Victor tells Nate that his brother Sam worked with him to track down Magellan’s lost treasure. Nate at first declines, but relents when it gives him a chance to find his brother. Their first task is to steal a golden cross linked to the treasure. Victor comes across Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle) at the auction event who is working for Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas). Moncada’s family funded the Magellan sailing and he wants to track down the treasure also. Nathan is supposed to create the distraction to give an opportunity for Victor to steal the cross, and at the last minute Nathan engages in a fight that causes the distraction in time.
They head to Barcelona to meetup with Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali) who has the other golden cross. Nathan uses the diary from Victor to figure out where to take the two crosses. They end up under a church and along the sewers of Barcelona with Braddock’s men in full pursuit. These characters keep double crossing each other so frequently that you begin to always assume they are not to be trusted. No honor among thieves is definitely at play here (pun intended). Some jet-setting later they are sneaking onto a cargo plane owned by Moncada who is using the map to head to the Philippines. More double crossing and backstabbing ensues and we get caught up to the film’s first scene. Nathan and Chloe survive the jump from the plane and make their way to a beach resort where Nathan uses his brothers postcards to figure out the treasures location. Sam has hidden clues in the postcards to his brother as he didn’t trust anyone 9for good reason). Nathan writes down the wrong coordinates as he doesn’t trust Chloe and he was right as she heads off without him the next morning. Nathan goes after the treasure but he is spotted by Braddock and they follow him to the treasure location. Victor shows up and he and Nate must stow away on the ship as Braddock has huge helicopters lift the ships for transport. Some comical swashbuckling occurs between Nate and Victor against Braddock’s men. Victor takes over one of the helicopters and tries to make a run with the ship. Braddock tries to take Victor down, but in the process ends up getting a cannon blow to her helicopter. Victor has to let go of his bag of gold to save Nathan, and watch the Philippine Navy come in to claim the ships treasure. Nate reveals he still has a few pieces of gold which makes Victor happy.
This seems to be a solid beginning to a film franchise. They setup a sequel nicely and Tom and Mark make a good team. Sam is revealed to not be dead, but stuck in a foreign prison. Good loose ends here and a nice cliffhanger to end the film on. I look forward to what they do next in this franchise. More adventures to be had with these characters!
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