Is Uncharted OK for Kids? - Parent's Guide and Movie Review

Uncharted - Image from Sony Pictures

Based on the popular video game, Uncharted exploded into theaters in February 2022.  Given the popularity of the game and well-known leading actors, it's no wonder this action-packed adventure piques the interest of young viewers.  But with a PG-13 rating, is Uncharted OK for kids?  Read our thoughts on the film and check out the parent's guide below to learn more about whether or not Uncharted is a good choice for your family.

Uncharted - Movie Review

Uncharted - Image from Sony Pictures

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star as Nate and Sully respectively in Uncharted.  The movie begins with a heartbreaking scene where Nate is separated from his brother, Sam, at an orphanage following some questionable activities Sam has engaged in over the years.  The brothers share a passion for history, adventure, and the promise of a lost treasure.  Fast forward to present day, where Nate is struggling to get by - resorting to some illicit activities of his own to "supplement" his income.  When an encounter with the mysterious Sully offers Nate the chance to reconnect with his long lost brother while also hunting down the world's biggest treasure, Nate can't help but say yes.  What follows is a globe-trotting quest complete with intrigue, action, and shifting alliances.

The movie is full on action with some pretty well-timed comedic scenes as well delivered by both Wahlberg and Holland.  Fresh off the success of Spiderman: No Way Home, Holland once again carries the role of a heroic action star with his boyish charm.  Not being familiar with the video game, I can't speak to how it relates to the experience gamers are used to, but I can say that some of the scenes are pretty far-fetched (particularly the scene when they jump out of the plane - you'll see).  Overall, the film is an enjoyable escape thanks more to the acting than the story which feels a little been-there-done-that.

Uncharted - Parent's Guide

Uncharted - Image from Sony Pictures

My 10 year old 4th grader was begging us to head to the theaters to see this one.  It's been all the rage amongst his classmates at school so we decided to give it a go.  He has seen Marvel films with PG-13 ratings before and I didn't think it could be much worse.  

The violence in the movie is responsible for most of the PG-13 rating.  However, the violence is mostly video-game violence - guns, explosions, action - with only mild blood scenes.  Probably the worse was a death that occurred by cutting a throat - you do see some blood dribble and then others come in and find the dead body.  The language in the film is pretty mild, but there is a lot of mild language.  The most heavily used language is the word s*it which flows pretty freely throughout. 

The treasure hunt adventure and constant action will keep kids engaged and entertained.  If you are OK with the mild, but frequent language and the "shoot-em-up" video game violence, your upper elementary kids can join in to watch this one too.  

About Uncharted (From Sony Pictures)

Uncharted introduces audiences to street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and showcases his first treasure-hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). Inspired by the acclaimed video game series, this action-adventure epic spans the globe and follows Nate and Sully as they embark on the dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to Nate’s long-lost brother.

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