Greatness From Small Beginnings
After multiple director swaps and several years in development, PlayStation Productions charts a course for Hollywood success with a big-screen adaptation of its popular Uncharted video game series.
Words Aaron Potter
Falling out of a plane? Chased by villainous thugs? It’s just another day in the life of renowned treasure hunter Nathan Drake, here played in a younger capacity by Spider-Man star Tom Holland. He’s joined on his epic journey to find an ancient artefact by Mark Wahlberg’s Victor Sullivan and Sophia Ali’s Chloe Frazer, in an origin story of sorts that promises to capture the same swashbuckling feel of 1930s adventure serials.
PlayStation’s wildly popular Uncharted franchise comes to cinemas for the first time and marks the start of a totally new venture for the veteran game publisher. Players familiar with Uncharted’s efforts on PS3 and PS4 won’t suffer from déjà vu, though, as the movie remixes story elements and spectacular set pieces from the games to create an all-new story suitable for a multi-generational audience.
Hot on Holland’s tail throughout the movie is Antonio Banderas’ ruthless villain, warming up his globe-trotting boots before his upcoming appearance in Indiana Jones 5. His inclusion, and developer Naughty Dog’s seal of approval, combine with a strong sense of adventure to ensure this buccaneering blockbuster sets a firm foundation to launch a potential Uncharted movie trilogy.
Modern Game To Film Adaptations
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While Angelina Jolie’s tenure as Lara Croft is now somewhat dated, 2018’s hard reboot with Alicia Vikander showed the promise of what a modern Tomb Raider movie could be. Grittier, more grounded, and with exciting set pieces, a sequel is on the way.
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