“Uncharted: off the map” does not take off towards the greatness that it so longs for

Based on one of the best-selling and critically acclaimed video game series, “Uncharted: Off the Map” tells the story of Nathan Drake and his first adventure with Victor “Sully” Sullivan, his rival-turned-partner. (Sony Pictures)

Sony’s video game franchises begin their path in film and television with Uncharted: off the map, the film adaptation of the adventures of Nathan Drake. With Tom Holland on board in the role of the famous treasure hunter with great knowledge of history and survival skills, the film directed by Ruben Fleischer (zombieland Y Venom) is a new stumble in a long line of game-based productions.

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The opening scene is one of the most redeemable points as it recreates in its own style one of the most iconic moments of Uncharted and link the action with the emotional memory of Nathan Drake and his brother, Samuel, who will become important without necessarily being present. Emphasis is even placed on the famous ring bearing the inscription “Sic Parvis Magna” (translated as “all greatness has small beginnings”). It is very attractive to tell the origins of Nate from the beginning, but everything that comes after is not convincing mainly due to the dynamic –or lack thereof– between Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) and the protagonist.

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star in the first film adaptation of “Uncharted.” (Sony Pictures)

From minute one, Naughty Dog video games make us yearn for that relationship between the experienced treasure thief and his apprentice who ended up becoming his partner. The truth is that it could never be compared to the original story, but the chemistry that sustains part of the video game saga is not achieved on the big screen due to a clear absence of dialogue that both characters understood in detail.

On the other hand, another acquaintance appears, Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali), and the bond he maintains with Sully and Drake does not end up developing completely either, since the interest of Uncharted: off the map it is in showing that our future explorer should be more cautious and not easily trust those around him, a valid lesson, albeit a very forced and hasty one. Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), the heir to his wealthy family lineage, is the fearsome antagonist, but a plot twist ends up eliminating him and opting for a much more interesting option: Braddock (tati gabrielle), an ambitious woman who could betray even her own shadow.

Antonio Banderas plays Santiago Moncada.  (Sony Pictures)
Antonio Banderas plays Santiago Moncada. (Sony Pictures)

Tom Holland has some brilliant moments in the skin of young Drake: When he first tries on the shoulder holster and shoots in the same way as the character when he must face Braddock’s men, who transported the old ships full of gold to sell them; and when she supports herself climbing, a simple action that seemed taken from the same game. But nevertheless, special mention goes to Nolan Norththe original voice actor that with a few seconds of cameo manages to ignite the audience that has followed his work for more than a decade.

The new version of Sully does not have the same luck of having at least a dose of similarity with his counterpart, although Wahlberg tries it in the post-credits scene and obviously arrives a little late… This same one gives rise to a sequel that he would adapt Uncharted: Drake’s Fortunethe first title in the franchise and currently considered a PlayStation 3 classic.

"Uncharted: off the map" opens today, February 17, in theaters in Latin America.  (Sony Pictures)
“Uncharted: Off the Map” opens today, February 17, in theaters in Latin America. (Sony Pictures)

Much of Uncharted: off the map is carried away by the explosions and fast scenes typical of Hollywood, and forget the wonderful settings and exploration that are the engine of the original plot. For more contributions that show that Holland is a very smart boy in the role of Nathan Drake, these historical mentions that come out of him sound empty without the experience of seeing him step on huge ruins or about to die on a journey to see the world as a treasure hunter.

Uncharted: off the map It will be screened in movie theaters from today, February 17.


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