Earlier this week, writer and director Allen Ungar released a short, live action (and non-monetized) film based on highly popular Uncharted video game series. Naturally, the film is titled “Uncharted.” Fans of the games will immediately recognize our hero Drake (Nathan Fillion), his mentor/look-out Sully (Stephen Lang), and, if briefly, Drake’s plus-one, Elena (Mircea Monroe). As usual, Drake, that rascally thief, finds himself in a sticky situation, one that requires him to punch, kick, and shoot his way to freedom. Why, you ask? As it always is, the reason is treasure, and history…but mostly treasure. If you’ve not see the video, it’s worth a watch (or three).
Video from YouTube user Allan Ungar.
In just a few short days, the video’s racked up millions of views and thousands of positive comments. I have to admit that I’ve added to those views a few times, because the film is whole lots of fun. Outside of the fact that Nathan Fillion seems more than fit for the role of Drake, and that the cast as a whole is pretty stellar, this film, even when its “ripped from the video game” moments feel a little too on the nose, is an excellent homage to a game series that seems more than perfect for the silver screen. As has been well-touted about the series since nearly its inception, Uncharted is akin to a modern-day Indiana Jones. (NOT National Treasure. #sorrynotsorry.) Not only do both series contain plenty of fun and wit amid loads of action, but they contain relatable, imperfect characters; stories grounded in history (if somewhat mythical at times); and they’re enjoyably goofy without being too absurd. (The Crystal Skull sure tows that line finely, though.) So sure, why wouldn’t someone want to throw all their money into an Uncharted movie, or a TV show?
Let’s be honest. The phrase “video game movie” comes with baggage. A lot of it. And a lot of it not good. Putting Drake and his cohorts on display for an enjoyable fifteen minutes doesn’t mean that an extra seventy-five minutes will make things even better. I’ve been playing/replaying the Uncharted games (caveat: I’ve not yet gotten to Uncharted 4), and as much fun as they can be in between the main stories, their general plots are pretty basic, and pretty Indiana Jones-like. Should someone tackle an Uncharted feature film, a good bit of meat will need to be added to those bones. Also, in our current social climate, Uncharted’s lack of diversity and, to be fair, reliance on stereotypes, does it no favors. Further, if one was to truly ape the cinematics of the series, as a number of the gun fight scenes in the fan film do, that treads awfully close to niche/camp territory. Again, fans may cheer at seeing such triumphs on a small scale, but would the same be met with the similar fervor over the course of a movie, or TV show?
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a live action run of Uncharted in videos similar to this one. Webisodes seem a good fit – let hilarity and treasure hunting ensue in short bursts; a little wordplay and a little gunplay and a good fight scene or two, snippets of historical data, and a little adventuring in the wilds of some far-off place. I’d also be keen on an actual Uncharted movie, or TV show, though I know I’d be far too critical of every last little detail for my own good. Because, y’know, with something like this, if it’s gotta be done, it’s gotta be done right. Right?
Are you onboard with an Uncharted movie? What would you hope to see, or not, in a feature-length film based on the video game series? What would your own “Uncharted: The Movie” cast look like?
(Article Source: A. V. Club)