TAG24's Take: Does the Uncharted movie stand apart from its games?

Los Angeles, California - Nathan Drake has been around the world as an adventurer and modern-day Indiana Jones in the Uncharted video game series, so the new Uncharted movie had plenty of source material to draw from. Here's how the two stack up against each other, and TAG24's take on how the flick stands on its own.

Tom Holland (l.) does rock the leather gun harness like his virtual counterpart Nathan Drake (r.).
Tom Holland (l.) does rock the leather gun harness like his virtual counterpart Nathan Drake (r.).  © Collage: IMAGO/Picturelux &Playstation/Naughty Dog

We got one of the first looks at the Uncharted film, which was finally released in US theaters on Friday.

But before you get our take on Tom Holland's prequel jaunt, let's dive into what made the original gaming franchise so successful.

For years, fans have praised developer Naughty Dog's Uncharted games for their cinematic action. Each game basically plays like a movie, where you run, drive, or dangle around breathtaking set pieces.

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On the surface, the games are about hunting for riches and unraveling historical mysteries, but the storylines usually take a deep dive into the large cast of characters, their motives, and what keeps Nathan Drake coming back for more.

And there is plenty for him to come back to, as the series features some of the best action moments in gaming, with jaw-dropping feats of derring-do. The developers took the time to give the action enough variety to keep you on your toes, and to keep things fresh as you navigate the umpteenth puzzle.

Plus, the dev team also lets you focus on a stealthier approach to the gameplay, but if guns blazing is more your style, that's okay, too.

Another massive win for the series is the quiet moments between action sequences, when the characters have time to show you what really drives them, and even what their deepest fears are.

The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is out for PlayStation 5, and launches later this year for PC, giving players a chance to relive the franchise's best games – undoubtably Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

But has the epicness of the Uncharted games been successfully transferred to its big screen debut?

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The Uncharted movie upgrades the franchise from its small screen start

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg portray Nathan Drake and Victor "Sully" Sullivan, respectively, in the action-adventure film Uncharted.
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg portray Nathan Drake and Victor "Sully" Sullivan, respectively, in the action-adventure film Uncharted.  © IMAGO/Picturelux

Uncharted isn't the first gaming series to get a film adaption, of course. But previous experiments such as Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil have shown that making a game into a movie is no easy feat.

So how will the Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg-lead flick fair among both fans of, and those who are not familiar with the game series?

For starters, let's put any worries to rest: Those who have never played the Uncharted games have nothing to worry about.

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The new movie serves as a prequel to the gaming franchise and follows the origins of Drake, portrayed by Holland, and his mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan, played by Wahlberg, who embark on a quest for lost treasure. Therefore, the storyline of the swashbuckler flick is brand-new, and won't confuse non-gamers.

Holland carries out most of the action-adventure in the movie as the young explorer searching for his lost brother. The British star is best known for his recent portrayal as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the billion-dollar box-office hit Spider-Man: No Way Home, and there are some moments throughout Uncharted where his Marvel persona is still very recognizable– but it isn't a bad thing. The actor's charm and his character's delightful persona lightens the dark tone of the film.

Plus, his witty banter with Wahlberg is nothing short of amusing.

While Walberg's turn as the untrustworthy Sully isn't as convincing as Holland's heroic nice guy, he still makes a fulfilling comrade and mentor for Drake. And should the film get more followups like its gaming counterpart, it will be good to see these two onscreen together again.

Uncharted is an exciting adventure for everyone, whether on the big or small screen, and offers hope that this could be the next successful crossover franchise.

Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO/Picturelux &Playstation/Naughty Dog

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