Tom Holland Uncharted Movie Critics Say It’s A Lazy Adaptation

Mark Wahlberg as Sully and Tom Holland as Drake stand on a pirate ship and look startled in the Uncharted movie.

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the Unexplored the film won’t be released in the US until the end of the week, but it’s been out internationally for a few days, having been released in a handful of markets last Thursday and Friday. So far, the film adaptation of a popular video game series is received about as well as any other film adaptation of a popular video game series. That is to say: terribly.

Unexploredbased on the wildly popular adventure game series of the same name from Naughty Dog, has had a long way to the big screen, having been mired in development hell for about as long as the iPhone has been around. Spider Manit is Tom Holland plays Nathan Drake. Mark Wahlberg, once attached to the lead role, is cast as Drake’s mentor, Victor “Sully” Sullivan. They are joined by Sophie Alias longtime supporting character Chloe Frazer, with Puss in BootsAntonio Banderas in a villain role created for the film. It’s supposed to be a “sort of prequel,” but early trailers showed a movie that borrows liberally from the games’ iconic settings.

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At the time of this writing, the Unexplored the movie sits at a “rotten” 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregation site. Of course, aggregation sites are total bullshit, a cop-out that boils the discussion down to metrics and allows fans to insulate themselves from meaningful criticism. But that doesn’t deny that critics are confusing this thing.

There are indeed some positive reviews, but even those aren’t exactly ecstatic, describing the film as “passable” (Free time), “rather ordinary” (The Film Authority), a “diet version of Indiana Jones” (Movies4Kids), and “just a series of heart-pounding action sequences” (Express).

The core of Unexplored has always been Drake’s relationships with those he loves, but that seems to be lacking here, especially when it comes to the chemistry (or seemingly complete lack thereof) between Holland and Wahlberg. For Empire, Nick De Semlyen pointed out their tired banter, saying that “scenes start to look like cutscenes you wish you could skip.” Clarisse Loughrey, writing for The Independentcalled Unexplored an “inert”, “passionless” film based on a “script that has no idea what [Sully and Drake] mean to each other. For the pink pages of FinancialTimesDanny Leigh called the film “tense” and “joyless”.

It’s not just Drake’s friendships and mentorships that are falling flat. Unexplored it sounds like the epitome of blood knife‘s seminal “everyone is beautiful and no one is excited” test, who lamented the efforts these days to ensure A-listers propagate unrealistic beauty standards while romance and anything resembling genuine sexual desire are essentially purged from action movies. “It’s like someone… shouting, ‘Tom, take your shirt off!’ ; “Tom, it’s time to get wet!” Charlotte O’Sullivan wrote for evening standard, noting how Holland and Ali’s characters share a bed but “do nothing in it”. (In Unexplored Canon, Nathan and Chloe are dating.)

If there’s a universal bright spot, though, it seems to be Holland, though some critics have called their praise for Spider-Man 3.0 too good for the script. Kevin Maher at The temperature said Tom Holland’s star power and irresistible charm is “wasted” in a “boring” adaptation of a hit game. But maybe no pan sticks more than The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw, who praised Holland’s performance but hassled the film for having “a box office algorithm where its heart is supposed to be”.

Unexplored officially begins rolling out in the United States this Thursday. I can not wait to see it.