The Uncharted series and its glorified legacy of Thieves, and Romantics.
The film starts with Nathan Drake (played by the charming Tom Holland, who misses it by a dam to bring the charm to Nathan Drake) swinging on a crate which is swinging in the air gaining partial consciousness and then, in turn, partial momentum, this is the point where in the whole film Nathan Drake feels the most Nathan Drake. This is a rather sick built-up, and because I’m familiar with the whole Video game series this film feels like a lousy adaptation to Nathan Drakes’s already Glorified romantic life.
The past few days I’ve spent playing ‘Uncharted-4- A thief’s end.’ Just the news of my favorite game series getting an adaptation felt good, but rather confidentially I knew in my innate heart that it’s quite impossible to Portray this glorified and adventurous life of Nathan Drake and make familiar the people with the world of Uncharted in 2 hours.
My first introduction to the game was in late 2016 when I saw videos of people parsing the gameplay. My fetish to play the game kept increasing year after year, until 2020 when I bought PlayStation 4. Amongst all the games available in the market my first instinct was to pick up ‘Uncharted 4.’ It’s been more than 5 years since I saw the gameplay and 2 years since I played it, among every game that I’ve played, I’ve never seen anything more revolutionizing than this game.
When you try to adapt a great piece of art you have to be careful with how you try to glorify someone’s life. Nathan Drake carries a legacy that no one living or dead would be able to carry, What Nolan North has done with Nathan Drake no one can touch that.
The film according to the director takes place before all the Uncharted games and is a side of Nate that we have not seen. Young Nate is persuaded by Viktor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) and then there are bodies, action, and confusion along the way, Director Ruben Fleischer has made the film by taking heavy references from ‘Uncharted 4’ and ‘Uncharted 3’ “Lot of the inspiration for the film has come from that game in particular” Tom told in one of his interviews. Tom Holland has also told how excited he was to portray the character of Nathan Drake, and who would not be? The biggest disappointment is not that it is not a well-made movie, but it veers far from the franchise’s tale.
Uncharted (The Video game series) feels almost ingenious because it is best understood as the reaction to the modern world, just like Romanticism. We are all romantics in one way or another, Nathan Drake more so, to dream a normal life and then its the consequence of unsatisfaction from it. Just like some of the key features of the modern world, Nathan runs away from all of it; Industrialization, Urbanization, and from rigid consumerism. One aspect of it in the film is Nathan and Sam’s belief in lost things, and their desire to chase these glorified items with utmost passion.
There is a continuous sense of adventure and adrenaline while playing the game, Unlike the game the movie has 2–3 scenes in it which makes it feel like Uncharted and everything else is just a stretch and again A lousy try at adapting Nathan’s already glorified romantic life. While I was playing the whole series, I was Nathan Drake the thought of looking at an actor trying to play a character that was supposed to be me seems scandalous.
The film has a tricky narrative which is an attempt to make it more like a videogame. But digging deeper into this film is tiring, whereas the game’s long and tricky narrative is cathartic. The film surfs over the virtues of Nathan Drake and his decision to help Sully (Viktor as nicknamed in the game.) Nathan in this film is not a mass murderer but he has a moral conscience, after hitting anyone Nathan instantly says “I’m sorry.” Whereas Post ‘Drake’s Fortune’ Nathan would pass jokes after killing people and would still be able to live with himself.
The film contradicts many personality traits and goes on to prove it otherwise. Among many things wrong with the film, it being a built-up of Nathan Drake, forgets to help an individual who is not familiar with the games to really understand Nathan. It does not tell us why he is a thief; His burning passion and fails to portray the world of Uncharted. The only best thing in the films Is Nolan North’s Cameo. Beautiful. Everything else. A bad dream.
Post. Piece. Note
Uncharted 4 is called ‘A thief’s end’ It was the last time when Nathan was seen alive. It almost hurts to see this film. Fiction and emotions, at certain places In life I tell you : (