On the heels of the success of The Last of Us premiere, fans of Uncharted lament the Tom Holland-led film adaptation. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, 2022’s Uncharted is based on the Naughty Dog-developed PlayStation video game franchise of the same name. Holland stars as Nathan Drake, a young bartender recruited by fortune hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to track down the long-lost treasure of Ferdinand Magellan. The film did well at the box office, making over $400 million worldwide, but a portion of the fanbase was upset that the adaptation was not as faithful to the source material as they had hoped.
With The Last of Us‘ series premiere performing well with audiences, and critics praising the show for its writing, performances, and meticulous recreation of the game’s world, fans have taken to social media to express their distaste for the Uncharted adaptation. Several showed their disfavor for Uncharted‘s cast, specifically Wahlberg as Sully, a character who is much older in the original video game, while praising The Last of Us‘ leads, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Check out what fans are saying below:
How Uncharted 2 Can Make Up For The Original’s Mistakes
Although the Uncharted movie performed well, a sequel has not yet to been confirmed. However, Sony Pictures has called Uncharted the beginning of a new franchise, implying there will be more chapters of Nate’s story to tell. The film also included a post-credits scene that teases the return of an important video game character and promises that there will be more adventures to come.
Although Uncharted‘s story was not taken directly from the original video game, unlike The Last of Us, it paid homage to what came before with dialogue and certain set pieces pulled from different entries in the game series. The film amounted to an origin story of Nate and Sully’s partnership, a story not fully depicted in any of the five Uncharted games, only touched upon in flashback sequences spread between Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Telling that part of the tale allows a potential sequel a bit more freedom to adhere to the Indiana Jones formula that made the Uncharted games so popular. Uncharted 2 can also bring in beloved characters that have yet to be introduced, including Elena Fischer and Gabriel Roman, an antagonist teased in the Uncharted post-credits scene.
Why Last Of Us Is Being So Well-Reviewed
HBO’s The Last of Us is in a unique situation, in that it is developed by Craig Mazin, a self-professed superfan of the game franchise, and Neil Druckmann, the co-writer and creative director of the original game. The partnership enables The Last of Us to have the best representation for the game, ensuring that the adaptation is faithful. Their cast has been lauded by critics and fans alike for their compelling performances in the show, but also for how they honor their digital counterparts. With The Last of Us challenging the idea that video game adaptations are doomed to fail, perhaps the team behind Uncharted can take notes to improve the budding franchise.
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