Sony’s movie based on the popular video game franchise has made some changes, but are they good ones?
The Uncharted movie dropped its first trailer a few days ago, and while we saw some familiar aspects, some noticeably big changes were also present. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the movie stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Sophia Taylor Ali as Chloe Frazer. Supporting cast includes Tati Gabrielle and Antonio Banderas. The movie will come out in February 18, 2022.
A risky venture
Let’s face it, Hollywood isn’t very good when it comes to adapting video games. Games contain so much lore and diverse characters, but Hollywood usually change many of the core story elements. This leads to them holding little to no appeal for the audiences. Of course, it’s important to change some aspects, but it’s still difficult to strike a balance between what to change and what to keep.
When it comes to the Uncharted movie, the first change is when Nate and Sully meet. In the game, Nate meets Sully at age 15 in Colombia, when he tries stealing a ring that belonged to Sir Francis Drake from Sully. However, in the movie, they meet in New York where Nate is bartending.
Next comes Nate’s brother Sam. Sam was not mentioned until the fourth game, but he is mentioned in the trailer. No actor was announced to play Sam, but we can expect a cameo at the end. Also, Sam is missing in the movie, but in the game, he doesn’t go missing till they’re adults.
Nate and Sully
Sully is a gruff, cigar-smoking, foul-mouthed man with a bushy moustache, and fun personality in the game. However, Wahlberg remains unremarkable. He has no moustache, no cigar, and speaks in low tones. We can’t yet say if he will remain the same throughout the movie, but he should’ve brought some mannerisms.
And lastly, Nathan Drake himself. Nate is supposed to be cocky, snarky, and street-smart. But Holland’s version seems more like his Spider-Man than the game’s Nate. He also doesn’t seem to have started treasure hunting as a teen.
In conclusion, the movie seems to have made the characters fit the actors, instead of the other way around.