Mandatory Movie Battles: ‘Uncharted’ vs. ‘Jungle Cruise’

In the latest edition of Mandatory Movie Battles, we’re exploring the world of action/adventure movies. When you think about the Uncharted series of games, the word that immediately comes to mind is “cinematic.” This term has become so synonymous with the franchise that most action-adventure video game adaptations have unsuccessfully attempted to replicate it.

In the time since the original game, the big-budget film adaptation of Uncharted has experienced some rocky waters on the way to the big screen. But now that Uncharted has finally made it to theaters, how does it hold up against a similar long-delayed action-adventure movie in Jungle Cruise? Let the battle of the jungle movies commence!

Cover Photo: Sony

As a generic action/adventure movie, Uncharted isn’t half bad. But as an adaptation of a beloved game franchise, the film is pretty awful. This probably wouldn’t be the case if it actually added something to the mythology, and yet the movie still manages to be aggressively mediocre in most respects. At least Jungle Cruise took chances, however safe that movie may also be at points. If you’re a newcomer to the Uncharted franchise, it will probably be easier to find the movie enjoyable. But if you’re a fan of the franchise, there’s honestly not much here to latch onto.

Unanimous Winner: Jungle Cruise