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It's a Pirate's Life For Me.

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Plot Overview

WelcomeTen-year-old Nathan “Nate” Drake (Tiernan Jones) & his older brother Sam (Rudy Pankow) get busted trying to loot the “Age of Explorers” exhibit in a New York museum. Sam runs away and Nate by and by joins the circus, later to become a bartender and flim-flam artist. Sam's new confederate in crime Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) looks up Nate (Tom Holland) for help to lift a gold cross from the Augustine Auction House during bidding. The cross is actually half of a set of keys to Ferdinand Magellan's fabled treasure, the other key held by Sully's contact Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali.) Both keys are needed to get at the hoard, also some mysterious knowledge that Sam—presumed deceased—had imparted to Nate in their younger days.

Church of the PineMadonnaSome clues lead them to the Church of Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona and from there to Genoa where they uncover a world map in an old Roman store­house set off from a Roman ante­chamber of an old building. Trouble is maps weren't all that precise 500 years ago, so where to dig? That's where Nate's mysterious knowledge may help, it is hoped.


We note a contrast between young Nate celebrating plunder with Sam his partner in crime and con Nate scoring all alone. (Eccl. 4:9-12) “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall with­stand him; and a three­fold cord is not quickly broken.” Now partnered with Sully he can enjoy splitting the take, and he has some­one to watch his back. He has Chloe to share a (king size) bed with. And if one of the three­some goes rogue, the other two may reign him or her in. And the three operating in league is a force to be reckoned with.

Production Values

” (2022) was directed by Ruben Fleischer. Its writers were Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, Amy Hennig, Jon Hanley Rosen­berg, Matt Hollo­way and Mark D. Walker. It stars Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Steven Waddington, Alana Boden, Pingi Moli, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle and Steven Wad­ding­ton. We're treated to a high caliber of actors. Holland adds dimension to his adventurous character. Wahlberg is okay as the thief on the take, Ali is fine as the female third man. Banderas is an under­used villain, while Gabrielle is a well-played nasty.

Easter eggThe main opposition comes from Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) who brings in the A–game dignity of an old family claiming to be rightful heirs to the fortune. Nate & Sam Drake claim the B–game distinction as descendants of the buccaneer Sir Francis Drake. Moncada's mercenary lieutenant Jo Braddock (Tati Gabrielle) is well decked-out but her third tier people unnamed. Her short, kinky, black hair is powdered white making it look like rabbit's fur. Her heavy rouge lip­stick focuses attention on her mouth & nose. Her huge, moon earrings make her ears floppy. She hops from scene to scene. And she's colorfully robed like an African chieftain. We'd peg this jet-setter as your average Africa-American except her American citizen­ship is uncertain. Nor would we consign her to black a shade she eschews. Movies are wont to even use N-words derived from the Latin niger for black, but not here. If our PC speech were not so racially bowdlerized, we'd use the term jungle bunny, which would suit her to a tee. Go figure.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for violence/action and language. Its run time is about 2 hours. It's heavy on fast-paced action and light on historical accuracy cum scientific credibility. The cinema­tog­raphy is excellent, especially in some difficult aerial shots. The story is fairly easy to follow.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Think “Indiana Jones”, and you get the picture. Kids will love it, historians will cringe, and movie lovers will look forward to a sequel. I thought it was fun to watch, though I had to suppress my scientific analysis. If you want science, go read a book.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed fun. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Absolutely amazing special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Groups. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.