Uncharted (2022)

Uncharted (2022)

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Steven Waddington

Street-smart Nathan Drake is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada. – IMDB

Based on the Uncharted video game franchise developed by Naughty Dog, the film is set with a young Nathan Drake on his first recruit with Sully for some treasure hunting action as they try to use their wits and Drake’s know-how to finish up what his brother Sam started before his disappearance while outrunning a Moncada heir and his highly paid team. There are two ways to look at this film: the first would be in the accuracy and efficacy of its adaptation to the games itself and the other way would be for the normal movie-goer who doesn’t have any or little knowledge of the game and treats this as a straight-forward action adventure treasure hunt film. Luckily, I fall a little in between these as the game follows one of the later games which I am not as familiar with but also have a decent knowledge of these main characters, Nathan Drake and Sully so I will try to touch on both of these angles.

Looking at this from its adaptation angle, perhaps the biggest discussion amongst gamers would be whether Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg are suitably as Nathan Drake and Sully respectively. In that sense, its the biggest issue with the film perhaps as this element works better on the star power for the normal movie goer than them feeling like these two characters from the video game. Whether from the idea of appearance, even if they put Drake in the game’s outfit, or the idea that their personalities match with that of the game, some dialogue does match up but it still lacks a little something that these characters’ bring in the game, giving them a very different feeling. If there was a character that felt very similar to its video game version, that would be Chloe Frazer portrayed by Sophia Ali and still, it lacks a bit of sass. However, the film does work with a very straight-forward plot, while this might be a let-down for something expecting more, it is pretty entertaining overall and adds in certain cinematic cues and cameo that links back to the game whether its the Naughty Dog sticker on the suitcase or a Nolan North cameo appearance along with the CGI camera pan through certain puzzle elements which bring in those game parallel.

With that said, looking at this from purely an action adventure film, there is no doubt that this feels generic from a plot angle but then the point remains on how much expectation was put into it based on the trailer versus the normal context of these types of films. Uncharted is an entertaining movie experience. It has some over the top CGI which is almost reminiscent of the Fast and Furious movies (and you probably already know what scene I’m referring to) but also has the element of the banter between Drake and Sully which can be fun at times even if it revolves mostly around how much trust they can put into each other. The villain here is a bit two fold as you have Antonio Banderas as Moncada but also Tati Gabrielle as Jo Braddock who is more dangerous as she is more than just a rich man with a bunch of minions. The action pieces are pretty fun and the adventure and puzzle element is done rather well also especially when you get into the big finale with a change in setting from the big city to the vast open seas.

Overall, Uncharted might not be quite the video game adaptation that people want especially from the angle of its main characters Drake and Sully mostly since they are missing a bit of the pizzazz these video game characters however if talking about the plot itself, while generic for an action-adventure film but it actually does match up to the game well enough. Movies like these truly depend on what you expect out of them. For myself, there are some flaws in terms of casting choices from the video gamer side however as a popcorn flick, the entertainment level is still a good time.

*Uncharted is currently available on digital on April 26th and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 10th*

*Screener provided by TARO PR*

15 Anticipated Films of 2020!

2020 is here! As we look forward at 2020, I know that its going to have a lot more unexpected releases come out but with what I have researched so far, this is a quick little list of 15 anticipated films releasing in 2020 that I’m looking forward to. There is no guarantee that I’ll get to see it in the theatres judging from last year’s theatre visits but here we are, the list in the order of release dates.

Underwater (January 10)

The first quarter of the year is usually fairly lackluster in what it has to offer. At least anything offered before March but somehow, I’ve been pretty impressed, in general with Kristen Stewart’s roles of late, even if I still have a few to catch up with. Being a fan of underwater movies and somewhat of an enclosed location setting, Underwater looks pretty good. I’m just hoping that the trailer doesn’t reveal everything that makes this one as thrilling as it looks.

To All The Boys: P.S. I Love You (February 12)

Being highly obsessed with To All The Boys I’ve Love Before, its been a long wait for the sequel. Its probably not going to be as good as the first movie, seeing as the source material also wasn’t as good in its second book in the trilogy as well. However, I’m sure its still going to tick all the boxes of a feel-good romantic comedy especially as the entire cast of the film are such charming characters.

Sonic the Hedgehog (February 14)

Its really a hit or miss situation here that can happen. It doesn’t have the appeal of say Deadpool Pikachu with Pokemon Detective Pikachu but it does have James Marsden and Jim Carey which are two actors that I like quite a bit. Plus, if you grew up with Sonic the Hedgehog as I have, its one that was probably eventually going to happen and something that its hard to not be slightly interested to see how it all goes.

A Quiet Place Part II (March 20)

While I had some issues with A Quiet Place, its not doubt that it was a pretty decent movie with a nice concept for horror and it did live up to most of my expectations. A Quiet Place Part II seems a little more by the books as the world seems more about discovering how much of humanity is still alive. If its anything like the previous direction, it should still be a lot of thrills. Finger crossed!

Disney’s MuLan (March 27)

I’m well-aware that the Disney live adaptations haven’t really been much of a success for most people. For the ones that I have seen, they are acceptable. However, Mulan making the anticipated list has to go mostly to the fact that Mulan is one of my favorite stories and its animated film was not so long ago that its a classic in my mind so its not as comparable. At the same time, the star power here in its cast is pretty decent and if not, its a full Chinese cast so thats always something to be excited about it, especially when Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Gong Li are all part of the film.

No Time to Die (April 8)

I’m far from a James Bond fan as I have so many films from the first few Bonds that I haven’t seen. But, I’m a pretty big fan of Daniel Craig as James Bond and have seen all of them. Seeing as this one is the last one with Craig as James Bond, it’ll be one to not miss, even if its after it hits home release.

Antlers (April 17)

Its hard to really tell when any horror movie is going to be any good. The premise here is pretty decent. The trailer looks fairly creepy. It has Guillermo Del Toro as a producer which is a good sign. Plus, Keri Russell is in it (and she proved that she does well in horror films in Dark Skies). It looks promising and hopefully will live up to it.

Black Widow (May 1)

Black Widow has been the Marvel movie that has been one that been waiting forever. While Marvel movies are quite formulaic at this point (as are most superhero movies) and rather saturated and I’m still a few Marvel movies behind and frantically catching up before they leave Netflix, Black Widow is one that will be very intriguing to watch especially since she’s pretty much been involved in all the phases of MCU but never got any movie of her own and always had a minor supporting role.

Fast & Furious 9 (May 22)

There doesn’t seem to be a trailer for Fast & Furious 9 yet but as a big fan of the franchise, no matter how ridiculous it all gets, its one that we will definitely find time to catch in the theatres. Its always going to be interesting to see what crazy levels its going to go.

Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5)

I’m not usually a huge fan of the DC universe films but Wonder Woman film was a pretty decent movie. Its enjoyable and Gal Gadot makes a great Woman Woman. The trailer seems to be rather on point with what made its first one enjoyable so here’s hoping that it will be the same. Its probably not one that I’ll catch at the theatres but still one that would be interesting to see at some point.

Monster Hunter (September 4)

No trailer yet for Monster Hunter movie. Its a smart move to make a movie out of it especially after the game was released last year with decent success. It’ll be nice to see where Paul W.S. Anderson takes the movie. Sure, he’s done some questionable movies but if you haven’t caught our look at his filmography on Season 1 of Movies and Tea, its well worth a listen as we definitely appreciated his work a lot more as there’s some pretty good defining elements. Plus, while I’ve had conversations with friends who say that its not admirable that he casts his wife a lot, but I’m a fan of Milla Jovovich and it’ll be interesting to see what role she does in Monster Hunter.

Death on the Nile (October 9)

After having recently seen Murder on the Orient Express and how that turned out so very well, Death on the Nile is a top anticipated film that we might actually head out to the theatres to see. Agatha Christie is an author that I’m slowly working through her work and I actually haven’t read Death on the Nile (so maybe will add that to my TBR pile). However, it’ll be great to see Kenneth Branagh come back as Hercule Poirot on another adventure.

Godzilla vs. Kong (November 20)

Kong: Skull Island almost made it onto my Top 10 movies of the decade over on Movies and Tea. While I still have to catch up on Godzilla:King of the Monsters, I’m always down for a kaiju movie. Monsters and creature features are up my alley so it seems rather fun to watch Godzilla and Kong battle it out! I kind of saw this coming a few years ago so just hoping that it’ll be as fun as I’m expecting it to be. However, with no trailer, its hard to truly nail down expectations right now.

Uncharted (December 18)

It feels like the Uncharted movie has been in the works forever. At least, it seemed to be something that had been talked about since the 4th game of the actual franchise was released (before the spinoff one). Nathan Drake is a great character and if anything, it would have been sweet to get Nolan North to do the character although its probably a rather demanding role. Tom Holland is Spider-Man in my  mind right now so its going to be a little hard to watch him as Nathan Drake, however, the Uncharted stories are usually pretty fun so I’m expecting some great things..although as we all know, video game adaptations really don’t get that well-received and Uncharted’s story has spanned over four games so it really depends what story angle it plans to use. Looking forward to seeing a trailer for it soon.

On the Rocks (TBA)

This list has changed around a little in the last 5 picks added in and after finishing the Sofia Coppola season on Movies and Tea in Season 3, its a director that really has sparked my interest on what she will deliver. I loved her father-daughter relationship movies and On The Rocks is one that brings back working with Bill Murray and features a father-daughter relationship in a more grown-up family relationship. It fits exactly into Sofia Coppola’s wheelhouse (and should be as she is the writer also) and can turn into something subtle and with depth.

Honorable Mentions: Fantasy Island, Gretel & Hansel, The Lodge, The Invisible Man, The New Mutants, Antebellum, Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, Onward, Candyman, Top Gun: Maverick, Tenet, Halloween Kills, Raya and the Last Dragon, Dune, The Dig, Rebecca

That’s it for 2020 anticipated films! These are mostly the bigger movies (without foreign films or indie films as they are hard to track).
What movies are you anticipating? Any other ones that I missed? Share them in the comments below.

Unboxing: Arcade Block [November 2015]

Its the next unboxing!

Arcade Block arrived on Monday and like I mentioned in the Horror Block unboxing, I was excited! Their sneak peek thing really gets me anticipating what to expect next. Not in much of a rambling mood today (rare, I know). Let’s check it out! 🙂

Arcade Block [November 2015]

K’Nex Angry Birds-Mini Figure

Arcade Block

I haven’t quite figured out what to do with these.  I just put together the blue bird and propped up the poultry leg.  Are you a fan of Angry Birds? I used to play it on and off but its incredibly frustrating at times.  Now, I just play much easier games on Facebook like Criminal Case and the extremely adorable Farm Heroes Saga.  Or I go back to a classic like Bejeweled that I love.  Still, Angry Birds are rather adorable.

Exclusive: The Master Cork: A Drink to the Past

Arcade Block

It took me a little while to actually get what this was.  So its a cork, like literally.  I just put it next to the other gear on my office desk.  Haha! I guess its more suitable for a kitchen accessory 😉

Exclusive: Mansion Keys

Arcade Block

Our own key to unlock the door to a spooky mansion exit! Now, I’m ready to get thrown into a video game adventure 😉 Bring it on! If I had a choice, please send me to spooky mansion in the Mario verse.  I’d love to meet Boo 😉

Uncharted Vinyl Figure: Nathan Drake

Arcade Block

This is what I’ve been dying to see for this box and they gave me exactly what I wanted! I LOVE UNCHARTED! And its a coincidence that for Black Friday we just acquired PS4 for a rather good deal and it included the Uncharted games and we had started replaying it also.  Well, my husband was because I was busy putting up the Christmas tree and writing. Still, the memories come swarming in. Nathan Drake has THE worst luck.  Everything he touches falls apart when he runs on it or hangs onto it.  Haha! Its really awesome!

Halo 5 2016 Calendar

Arcade Block Arcade Block

I know nothing about Halo, other than its existence.  But I have been thinking about 2016 and having a calender.  The husband seems to like this one a lot 😉

Exclusive T-Shirt: Yoshi “Ugly Sweater”

Arcade Block

Just in time for a lovely Christmas season that’s around.  We don’t have the tradition of wearing ugly sweaters but I can wear an imitation cutesy T-shirt.  It has Yoshi! This shirt is WAY too big for me (since its for my husband) BUT, I claimed it right away, even if its just for trudging around the house with an overly baggy shirt 😉 He’s getting all the nice T-shirts.  I want in on some of the awesome also!

Overall…

Arcade Block is never a disappointment. They always have gear that just blows you away and for me, amid the funky Angry Birds and mansion keys (which makes for some nice decoration), the T-shirt and Uncharted vinyl figure really won this one over for me! Man, its so awesome! Even that calendar is just absolutely wonderful!

I’m pretty excited about next month’s box too! Street Fighter V (or maybe its 5) and The Last of Us and also Space Invaders! Looks like its going to be more fun times! 🙂

What did you like about this block? 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

Hands…the instruments of our body that help us on a daily basis to write, to type (this current blog and many other things), to work, even make all those wonderful crafts and bake delicious treats.  We use them to help us maneuver our way and as a way for self-defense, etc.

This past weekend was Victoria Day weekend in Canada so my boyfriend and I had a day off  on Monday(finally a day off together).  We decided to go drive across the border and visit Ausable Chasm and take a nice hike on the trails and of course, take some wonderful pictures and have lots of fun.  Man, was it ever fun and a wonderful experience!  So I took the opportunity to use our hands as models.  Here we go!

This chasm is 150 feet deep (if I remember correctly).

All the more reason to hold on to the railings as we walk along the trails and stop to take pictures.

Somewhere along the Dry Chasm trail, the path went between two trees, my boyfriend puts up his hand and says,

“You can’t pass through here!” (haha~ very funny)

Nearing the end of the trail, we finally took a break and my boyfriend decided that he wanted to observe a pine cone.

(At least I think that was what he seemed to be doing.)  There it is, where he is turning it around in his hands.

As a nice memory of the journey, I specially requested for this picture:

Of our hands on top of each other with our entrance bracelets saying AUSABLE CHASM!

On a side note, Ausable Chasm was an amazing place to go.  I would highly recommend it for people like to enjoy the outdoors, hike and be devoured in nature.  Honestly, what place could beat being in a place that reminded you of a fusion of Uncharted (PS3 games, for those who don’t know) and a little slice of paradise?