Hollywood destroys video game movies. It’s common knowledge. Name me one video game turned movie that turned out well. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… see, you can’t name one! Now, name all of the games Hollywood ruined: Resident Evil, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider… hell, even Super Mario Bros wasn’t safe. The only one that’s passable is Mortal Kombat, and that’s only because it was so bad that it became good again. Hollywood tends to turn amazing gaming franchises into movie laughing stocks. When I heard an Uncharted movie was being made, my heart sank. Uncharted is one of my FAVORITE franchises of all time, and now, they were going to ruin it. And then Nathan goddamn Fillion came along.
That blew my f*&%#ing mind! That perfect little gem was directed by Allan Ungar and was co-written by Ungar and Jesse Wheeler. It stars the amazing Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, Mircea Monroe as Elena, Geno Segers as the baddie, Diego, Ernie Reyes as El Tigre and Stephen Lang as the most perfect live-action Sully there ever was. This is purely a fan film, and it is so apparent. Let me explain.
When I say fan film, I don’t mean that it’s low a quality flick made by a group of fans. This short film is insanely good. Not only is the picture and sound quality that of a feature film, but it IS Uncharted. Fillion WAS Drake, Lang WAS Sully and his comically large cigar. There was no question who these people were. There was so much fan service that it was beautiful. Hollywood will take the Nathan Drake story and turn it into a movie for movie goers, not a movie for gamers who love the game with all of their hearts. No offense to Hollywood’s choice, Tom Holland, but he is no Nathan Drake. Fillion is Drake. I mean, can you even tell the difference??
This short film was for the gamers, truly for fans of the Uncharted series. I laughed at Drake’s trademark sarcasm and one liners. I got goosebumps. Even the action sequences took me back to the game and the fighting. EVERYTHING was right. Instead of disregarding the game, it incorporated game mechanics into the actual action sequences. It was the most perfect film that fans could have ever asked for. And as fans, we thank you for bringing this to life.
Do you hear that, Hollywood?? THIS is the Uncharted movie we wanted. My only complaint is that it ended at a much too soon 14 minutes. We can only hope there is more to come. We are not worthy *genuflects*.
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