Uncharted Review

Welcome back to the Tribe! In this post we dive into our Uncharted film review! Be careful! There are some spoilers below if you have not seen the film yet!

Uncharted Review

Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) works in a cozy New York bar, where he periodically robs customers, mainly young and wealthy women. However, since childhood, Drake did not dream of cleaning glasses or making a good Negroni, as he was always attracted to finding ancient treasures and uncovering their mysteries.

Together with his older brother, from a very young age, they dreamed of finding the treasure of Ferdinand Magellan that he left behind during his famous expedition around the world. But their dreams weren’t destined to come true: Nathan and his brother went their separate ways, and ever since that day, Nathan just keeps getting postcards from his brother from different countries.

Uncharted film

One day in a bar, Nathan meets with a fit middle-aged man Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), who offers a very tempting job – to help in the search for, you guessed it, the Magellan treasure. Drake initially refuses, but Sullivan mentions meeting his brother, and the protagonist changes his mind. Anyway, even in the company of a shady character, treasure hunting is much more inviting than tending the bar.

Video Game To Film

So much has been written, said, or filmed about video game adaptations in recent years. Therefore, I do not see the point of rehashing it all over again. In short: Hollywood filmmakers have been trying to learn how to make movies based on video games for more than 30 years, and not everyone has succeeded, to put it mildly.

But despite the sad statistics, the quality of recent movie adaptations of video games has slowly begun to grow. Neither “Sonic the Hedgehog” nor “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” would not dare to dream of Oscar nomination or universal critical acclaim. But these examples already are quite watchable movies that may spark interest among not only fans of the original video game franchises, but movie fans in general. And while “Uncharted” is full of goofiness and action-movie problems, it deserves to be part of a club of successful video game adaptations.

Production Hell

The history of production is remarkable. “Uncharted” has been in production hell for almost 15 years.

The adaptation was announced way back in 2008. The number of directors that were at the helm of production is incredible! Initially, the action-adventure was supposed to be shot by David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook“). Then, for a limited time, the director’s chair was occupied by: Neil Burger (“Divergent“), Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses“), Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum“), Dan Trachtenberg (“Cloverfield, 10“) and Travis Knight (“Bumblebee“).


And only in 2020, this merry-go-round was stopped by Ruben Fleischer – the director of “Zombieland” and “Venom“. There were also many suitors for the lead role. Ten years ago, Mark Wahlberg was cast as Nathan. Although, as the years passed, he transformed into a more mature role of Victor Sullivan. Nathan Fillion (still a perfect cast in my mind) and Chris Pratt might have played Drake also, but it was no more than a rumor floating around.

The fact that “Uncharted” has been in production for so many years is evident upon viewing.

This fact is the main problem of the movie. If individual episodes are effective or look solid at the very least, and some scenes are a blast, then the transitions between the scenes are hard to justify. The main characters are hopping around the world (cue dramatic eye-rolling) to combine action episodes into a coherent narrative or drive the plot forward.

The funniest and the most revealing moment of stitching the plot together is the episode near the end of the movie when villains realize that they have gone on the wrong trail, only because Drake accidentally swims literally in front of their boat in the other direction.

uncharted Chase

But if you do not pay much attention to such nonsense, which is a common thing of every big-budget blockbuster, then it is difficult not to get guilty pleasure from this movie.

Action Action … and More Action

You can see that, despite the production hell, many characteristic things of the original video game were transferred to the big screen. There is a lot of parkour, sophisticated Dan Brown – like puzzles scattered across different continents, and spectacular fights, and the cherry on top is the final helicopter chase. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode in the adventure genre that was as impressive and ridiculous at the same time.

Uncharted Film Review

Nonetheless, the movie has the bad qualities of video games also. For example, completely faceless and caricature villains that the game was famous for, and excessive love for rock climbing.

But the main complaints from fans of the flick will be towards Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. Neither looks like their video game prototypes. Using the exaggerated value system of die-hard fans of any popular gaming franchise, this is like playing with fire. But I must admit, at the risk of getting angry fan tweets, Holland and Wahlberg did a great job.

Yes, Tom Holland plays another variation of Peter Parker. But, this time with deep knowledge of history instead of web-slinging abilities. Wahlberg (spends almost the entire movie without a mustache) portrays an adventurer with no personal attachments, so you won’t see a charming mentor with the rich life experience that Sally was in a video game.

But it’s not that important. There’s tangible chemistry between the two, which is fueled by a comically written dialogue that actually works. The movie somewhat squanders the opportunity to explore personal relationships – the very basis of all “Uncharted” game series. But, let’s just say, there are hints that a possible sequel might fix this problem.

Film Rating

Overall, I would give this film 3 stars out of 4!

Uncharted” is a bright, funny, and exciting adventure movie. It is not without its problems, given the decade-long production path. Although, it is a rather successful adaptation. In addition, we have been missing a big adventure on a big screen for some time now. The movie respects the original source, but at the same time, it is a universal movie that might be enjoyed by anyone. But most importantly: “Uncharted” is like any noisy and electrifying blockbuster, which will help us to disconnect from reality and its problems for two hours. And in the context of an ongoing pandemic, and uncertainty about the future, this is already a great victory for all movie fans out there.

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Welcome back to the Tribe! In this post we are going to be doing another film review over Moonfall!

This movie was released in the United States on February 4, 2022.

The movie had an overall estimated budget of $150 million and grossed around $25 million.

After theaters you should be able to purchase this movie on platforms like: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Moonfall Review

No matter how tough the last few years were, Hollywood movies are fast to remind us that everything could have been much worse. In “Moonfall“, humanity is on the verge of complete extinction for a very unpredictable reason: the traitorous Moon suddenly falls out of orbit and is about to drop onto the Earth. People panic and hide in vain from meteor showers and tsunamis – but no one knows how to prevent the catastrophe.

By an incomprehensible coincidence, three unalike heroes are sent for dubious “negotiations” with a raging satellite: an astronaut Brian (Patrick Wilson) who got falsely accused of a death of a crewmate, and fired because of it, Joe (Halle Berry), a former astronaut and now serving NASA Deputy Director, and eccentric K. C. Houseman (John Bradley), a wannabe scientist and conspiracy theorist who’s convinced that the Moon is an artificial structure created by (drumroll) aliens! 

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich made a lot of movies, but primarily he is known as the creator of disaster epics: “Independence Day“, “The Day After Tomorrow“, “2012“. His last work “Independence Day: Resurgence“, was released back in 2016 – therefore, it’s time to destroy the Earth…again! You have to be in agreement with yourself: if you want to watch a big-budget disaster movie with a whacky plot, you will get exactly what you expect with “Moonfall”.

Although hints of the involvement of some evil cosmic forces were already in the trailer, it is important to indicate that “Moonfall” is probably the most ridiculous movie in the director’s filmography.

It begins as a pretentious story about a heroic deed of astronauts, almost like “Armageddon”. However, as soon as the heroes finally go into space, everything that happens on the screen rapidly moves into the camp of self-parody pseudo-blockbusters like “Sharknado” (yes, like sharks plus tornado, and yes, this movie exists).

If you take a step back from the eternal threats to the tranquility of our planet, “Moonfall” is a kind of an ode to all the geeks and dreamers who will be noticed one day. Emmerich glorifies people who are in love with their work in every movie he directed. Where corporations, government, and sophisticated scientists miss red flags about something essential, Emmerich’s dreamers never cease to believe assumptions and invent new patterns of the universe.

The movie is divided into two approximately equal parts.

No questions are raised about things happening on Earth: gravitational tsunamis and snowstorms, earthquakes and floods, long-haul trucks flying in different directions and crumbling water towers, and other victims-and-destruction scenarios follow the structure of the classic disaster movie.

Scenes look insane, impossible, without excessive naturalism, and most importantly, it is a perfect spectacle for IMAX screens. 

Second Part

The second part that happens in space is less impressive. If Emmerich wanted to give the audience something that they have never seen before in this act, well, I have to admit the movie has nothing new to offer, you have probably seen this part of the movie somewhere else. The heroes fly into labyrinths of the lunar womb as Luke Skywalker did inside the Death Star. It comes to no surprise that the movie picks its ideas from the most obvious sci-fi fragments of the classic experiments of Kubrick, Villeneuve, and Wachowski

But no one proposes to take seriously the offered concept of the structure of the Moon: Emmerich is not Nolan, science is not needed here. Despite the absurdity of the main threat itself (I won’t even try to describe this), the movie has its own working internal logic: each new attempt to control the gravity gradually caused my inner child to clap in excitement.

This naivete casts aside any skepticism. Emmerich seems to still be living in 1995, and I envy him in a good way. The same patriotic values and family problems, the same altruism and the same jokes: no real-life pandemic, but an end-of-the-world fantasy – so far-fetched that it is impossible to believe that the Earth may indeed face an apocalyptic end one day. 

Film Rating

In the end, I would give this remake 2.5 out of 4 stars!

In the end, Roland Emmerich almost openly admits: yes, I’ve made something completely absurd, but that’s the way I wanted it to be. I just hope this recognition will occur early for a moviegoer, or else one might have a chance to earn a headache, trying to rationalize and comprehend everything that is shown on the big screen. And I have to admit for myself that there’s something about today that makes Emmerich’s movies affectionately nostalgic and makes you miss the good old the end of the world.

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Welcome back to the Tribe! In this post we are going to go over our Ghostbusters Afterlife Review!

This movie was released in the United States on November 19, 2021, after being delayed four times from an original July 2020 release date due to the COVID.

The movie had an overall budget of $75 million and grossed around $150 million so far.

After theaters you should be able to purchase this movie on platforms like: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Ghostbusters Afterlife

The Ghostbusters is a beloved franchise that has been revisited many times for more than three decades, and even Paul Feig’s controversial reboot didn’t ruin the love of the fanbase. The key to longevity seems to hide in the surprising appeal of the plot, a good mix of reality and supernatural, and the killer charisma of the blockbuster quartet of actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.

This time it’s different, not only because at the helm of the project is Jason Reitman who gave us tender movies like “Juno” and “Tully“, but he is also the son of the director of the original dilogy, Ivan Reitman. This continuity becomes the driving force of the movie, and to my mind, the long-time fans of the franchise will get the most kick out of it.

Ghostbusters Afterlife Review

Afterlife has an undeniable feeling of longing for the past. Even children here do not spend their time on smartphones. Instead, they assemble devices with their own hands and get to know each other the old-fashioned way in a fast-food restaurant or at school.

We even have a boy named “Podcast” who records his show about mysticism and conspiracy theories on a tape recorder. 

Fanservice is at all-time high here. Get prepared to drown in homages, easter eggs, and different nods to the original dilogy. There are so many that YouTube content creators compete on finding as many references as possible.

On top of that, you won’t meet a single new ghost or villain here. It’s not bad nor a good thing just so you might lower your expectations on that front. We have met all of them before in one form or another (there are hundreds of marshmallow sailors).

Main Plot

The main plot is also somewhat borrowed from the classics. Thankfully, Reitman is a director with a clear vision, and you just have to give him his due: Afterlife does not look artificially made. On the contrary, it hits the right balance between looking true to the original and developing new characters.

Casting Mckenna Grace who plays Phoebe was a delightful success. She plays a cute nerd, who endlessly makes up awkward jokes (in fact, quite hilarious ones). Mckenna simply crushes it and easily outmatches the rest of the cast.

Phoebe’s character is so organic in this story that you do not stop believing her for a minute. And even when she understands the device of the proton gun quite easily and guesses about the principles of how the ghost trap works, she’s the granddaughter of her brilliant grandfather and grew up with science in her blood after all.

Interesting Duet

Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon formed an entertaining duet of adults who are embarrassed by their own feelings. Rudd yet again pleases with decent comedic talent as he’s been doing it for two decades. Coon’s character is an example of a progressive mother looking for ways to get along with her children and not let her own resentment towards her father affect her as a parent.

The interconnection of generations and continuity are the movie’s central themes, and Reitman managed to tell a very touching story, not forgetting to put the main characters on a mission to save the world from evil ghosts.

Where Are The Ghosts?

If there’s anything negative to say about the new Ghostbusters, it’s that for its impressive two-hour runtime, strangely enough, there’s not a lot of ghosts. Afterlife wasn’t able to achieve the same dynamic as the 1984 original does. Instead, we mostly get a charming mix of a well-written script and excellent cast.

Subconsciously, the viewer understands that sooner than later “Ecto-1” will jump out of the garage and the sky above Summerville will be illuminated by positron lightning, but these moments have to be waited for and waited for again, and you almost have to beg the director to show them to you.

Overall Feel

However, the lack of ghosts does not affect the overall mysterious atmosphere and the delight you get from the copious amount of fanservice. The movie does not become too boring, it juggles multiple genres and tonal shifts effectively: from the comedy genre to a family thriller, and even to horror in some scenes.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a paradise for fans of the franchise and the 80s nostalgia in general. In many ways, the effect of Ghostbusters will be directly proportional to your expectations: the less you imagine what the movie should be, the more likely it will become a great nostalgia trip.

Film Rating

In the end, I would give this remake 3 out of 4 stars!

The only question remains, whether it will be as touching for younger generations as it is for the older generation who knew who to call when there was a ghost in their neighborhood.

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Welcome back to the Tribe! In this post we will be going over our Home Alone Remake Review! Here are our thoughts about the film, and what you need to know before you see it!

Home Sweet Home Alone

Moviegoers don’t usually have the same opinion as critics. But it can happen when a masterpiece or a total failure hits the movie theaters.

Unfortunately, Dan Mazer‘s remake falls into the latter category. The script for the new film “Home Alone” wasn’t written by Mazer, but by little-known comedians Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell. That doesn’t excuse the mediocre directing by the two-time Oscar nominee for best screenplay.

Home Alone Remake Review

You can start by saying that the movie is entirely unfunny, which is as terrible as it is for horror to have zero chills and thrills. It seemed like a good idea to invite Devin Ratray to play the supporting role of Buzz McAllister once again, but this time as a policeman, yet, the writers could not come up with a single funny line to his character or develop his arc at all. The scenes with Buzz will make you cringe at the very least, just like almost everything else in this movie.

Young Archie Yates is a good actor, but he’s just not suitable for the reincarnation of Kevin McAllister. 

He is more like a cliché nerd from a generic family comedy, but that’s not the main problem. At the whim of the writers, Max became an obnoxious character that resembles a villain than a savvy victim of two incompetent house burglars. So here we are, a married couple with money problems trying to penetrate Max’s house to pick up their belongings, which the lousy young man might have stolen from them when he visited their house for sale. 

Well, I wonder, how many viewers will empathize with Max Mercer

Movie Issues

And this is the biggest problem of the movie: how should we evaluate the dramatic trick of the writers, who twisted the main antagonists of the franchise? The remake was stripped from the magic of the collision that the original had. What we are left with is simply a slapstick comedy with two uninvited visitors versus an inventive child and traumatizing pranks that take too long. 

By the way, parents’ characters are poorly written too! The boy’s mother, who pops up often enough, completely blends with Max’s many relatives. The only highlight might be Ally Maki as Mei. At least she looks good and does not show herself as a complete idiot. I can barely remember at least one textured or layered character, nor can I point to a funny or a bizarre sketch of human behavior.

It doesn’t matter whether we see supporting characters or the main ones: viewers get bombarded with poorly written jokes. It’s as if the writers searched “Joke of the day” Twitter accounts for inspiration. 


It seems like all the movies are remakes or sequels these days. Everything is being reshot, remade, and repackaged. Almost all of these remakes distort the original meaning of the movie.

Fortunately, this remake does not have fans on both sides of the ocean. I guess a few doubted that Kevin McAllister’s story would not fall a victim to a modern remake machine. And it is not entirely clear who needs this movie, an audience full of nostalgia for Christmas classics or the new generation? In the end, Generation Z should also have its own inventive defender of the house that uses only natural ingenuity and the capabilities of modern gadgets. 

Film Rating

In the end, I would give this remake 1 star out of 4 stars!

I cannot help myself but imagine Dan Mazer meeting the same disgusting character, in which he turned naughty, yet good-hearted Kevin McAlister to experience all of these exceptionally funny jokes and pranks by alarmingly low standards of the director.

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