Tom Holland is the current sensation thanks to his performance as Spiderman. The actor, who is only 25 years old, has already made a name for himself in Hollywood. It appears that his video game adaptation did not receive as much attention as his movies.
The first Uncharted reviews are in, and they have a few nice things to say about the video game adaptation. Tom Holland will soon be seen in another potential blockbuster for Sony, following the incredible box office success of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The Uncharted film began development in 2008, inspired by the popular video game series developed by Naughty Dog studios for PlayStation, and went through a long and painful process with various writers, directors, and cast members attached.
According to Screenrant, with the release of Uncharted on the horizon, the first critical reactions are in, and they are slamming it as yet another vapid video game adaptation. At the time of writing, the film is in the low 40 percent range on the Tomatometer, which is bound to fluctuate this early on, albeit not significantly. If Uncharted’s critics have anything nice to say about it, it’s that it works well as a “diet version of Indiana Jones.”
Some of the critics are as follows: Charlotte O’Sullivan- London Evening Standard, Clarisse Loughrey- Independent, Kevin Maher- Times, Danny Leigh- Financial Times, Robbie Collin- Daily Telegraph, Peter Bradshaw- Guardian, Helen O’Hara- Time Out, Jo Berry- Movies4Kids, Matt Looker- Total Film
“You don’t need to be a gamer to love Uncharted. You just need to have a very soft spot for buddy movies, maps, puzzles, pirate ships and Holland’s chest.”
“Abandon hope all ye who enter here. There truly is no future for the video-game-to-movie adaptation if Hollywood can’t even crack Uncharted.”
“Even Tom Holland, riding a wave of global Spider-Man love, can do little to save this mediocre Tomb Raider knockoff about a modern-day bartender-cum-treasure hunter who’s searching for the lost gold of Magellan.”
“The movie feels uptight, joyless even when riffing on much-loved old favorites. If you can’t actually enjoy lifting bits from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jackie Chan’s Police Story, you should leave them where you found them.”
“A plastic archeological swashbuckler which goes through the genre’s motions with all the elegance and verve of a glazed-over gamer Pavlovically prodding the buttons on his joypad.”
“With laser-guided precision, with the exactitude of a Nobel-winning rocket scientist or a world-class neurosurgeon, this film measures right up to what you’d expect from a movie based on a PlayStation video game.”
“The characterizations here are more likely to annoy than delight the hardcore fans of the game.”
“Uncharted is a diet version of Indiana Jones that coasts by on the charisma of its star, Spider-Man’s Tom Holland.”
“Uncharted makes a decent play for filling an Indy-shaped hole in the movie market right now. But the series will need to beef up its reserves of charm and swagger to be in the same league as cinema’s favorite archaeologist.”
Critics haven’t always been kind to video game adaptations, so the reaction to Uncharted isn’t surprising. Mortal Kombat, the most recent notable video game adaptation to hit theatres, was similarly panned by critics, but it did well enough at the box office and on HBO Max for Warner Bros. to recently green-light a sequel. Sony has similar ambitions for Uncharted to become its own film franchise, as evidenced by Holland’s casting as a younger version of Drake, which sparked controversy early on.
Critical reactions rarely have a significant impact on a film’s box office performance, so it remains to be seen how Uncharted will fare. Its Indiana Jones-like similarities, combined with Holland’s charisma as a star still riding the Spider-Man: No Way Home wave, should be enough to entice audiences to the multiplex.
Audiences will soon be able to go out and form their own opinions about the Uncharted film. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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