With each passing day, more and more highly anticipated adaptations of beloved franchises emerge as warped misfires that should have been kept in the draughts.
This isn't new. For the first time in this genre, it feels like everyone involved "gets" the source material. No one wants to be Uncharted.
An inexperienced Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is sucked into the jet setting, tomb raiding lifestyle after a chance encounter with conman / treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Eddie Redmayne) (Mark Wahlberg)
In order to gain Nathan's trust and recruit him for a big job, Sully uses his connections to Nathan's long-lost brother, Sam, to gain the younger man's trust.
Prior to Nathan and Sully's meeting, Uncharted features one of the film's few major set pieces. Sam (Tiernan Jones in flashbacks) and he were just two mischievous kids robbing museums.
Uncharted's opening scenes try to convey how Nathan and Sam's shared passion for treasure hunting and their separation as children paved the way for Nathan to be seduced by Sully's charms as an adult.
But what Uncharted inadvertently ends up doing instead is drawing attention to its own indecision about who its main character is and what kind of people they are.
The film's comedy reminds us how hard Uncharted's big-screen debut was. This is a buddy adventure film before it even begins. Cliched video game cutscenes shine.