Parents' Guide to

Uncharted

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Violence, language in too long game-based adventure.

Movie PG-13 2022 116 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+

More curse words than I thought

When I read the review for this movie I didn’t grasp the frequency of the use of the word sh*t. It is used very gratuitously and in places where it easily could’ve been omitted. My kids were very excited to see this movie since it’s marketed as an adventure movie in the style of Journey 2 the Mysterious Island or Indiana Jones but when we were actually watching it I was about to leave the theater. At least every 30 seconds a cuss word is used which, if you’re marketing the movie as a family movie they could’ve gotten rid of at least half of the cuss words… most of them don’t add anything to the plot. Another thing to watch is the amount of alcohol the characters drink. It feels like everywhere they’re at there’s alcohol to drink, and then when it’s done with they find more… SPOILERS There’s also a character that murders his dad, and another character gets his throat sliced and that is visible (the cut is visible but not too much blood is shown). I just felt I needed to post this since when I checked here to see if I should take my 10 & 11 y.o. there was a review that said it was great for the whole family and recommended for children as young as 5 but from my experience this shouldn’t be the case.
age 12+

The movie is ok if you’re looking for a movie that you can take your pre-teen and up to. Based on the other reviews, I expected there to be a lot of swearing but the most was really about 5 or 6 times that the word sh** was mentioned. Think kids hear a lot worse swearing from kids in school than that. Its an action/adventure film so expect your usual fight and chase scenes and death of the baddies. There is a scene where a throat gets slashed but its not really gory. You just see it happen and it looks like a red line on the person’s throat after.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (68 ):

Beautiful to look at and crammed with heart-stopping adventure sequences set in picturesque foreign lands, this video game adaptation is thrilling, if overly long and morally iffy. What Uncharted mainly has going for it is adept adventure set piece directing and star Holland, who's an affable, even charming, lead. Nate is relatably anxious in the midst of mortal danger yet both game and good-humored, a fantastic foil for Wahlberg's Sully, who leans toward blank-faced derring-do. Holland's easygoing vibe makes viewers want to root for Nate on his quest in beautiful places and through immeasurable danger.

But that quest is more enjoyable if you switch off your brain before watching. It can't be denied that the only difference between Nate and Sully and the better-funded Moncada team that opposes them is that we're told the Moncada family is involved in criminal enterprises. Real bad stuff, the film tells us in a few throwaway lines, and then, poof!, Sully and Nate are seemingly cleared to kill as many people as they want in horrible ways in pursuit of treasure. That doesn't sound like a particularly heroic quest, but the film treats it as such (none of the characters questions whether this is a worthy goal, even when lives lost in the hunt mount into the dozens), which certainly detracts from the messages viewers might otherwise take away. Fans of the video games may not care: Scenes in which Nate and Sully leap through midair from planes and helicopters and ancient Spanish galleons are certainly exciting, and the Holland-and-Wahlberg buddy team is pleasant enough to anchor the movie if you don't think too hard about it.

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