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I'm going to go ahead and put a little disclaimer here and get it out of the way. If you're here for a game vs movie article or a Tom Holland vs the "We Wanted Nathan Fillion" crowd, it's not going to happen. I will mention some lore differences, but that is it. I'm here only to review the film itself.
For all the game purists out there, the movie is its own thing so don't go in expecting a 100% faithful adaptation. You have to remember, 5 games worth of lore needed to be packed into a 2 hour runtime, so yes things were changed, and I had no problem with that. I never understood why people wanted an exact copy of the book or game depicted on screen. Multiverses are so much more interesting because of all the potential 'what if' scenarios. Sorry, I'm going off on a tangent here. Let's get back to the movie.
The film follows a young Nathan Drake who is still feeling lost after his brother Sam went missing. Victor 'Sully' Sullivan approaches Nate for a job and, after a little back-and-forth, Nate agrees to work with him. They are in search for the lost treasure of Magellan, the man who is credited for circumnavigating the globe.
Some people have complained that Tom Holland was miscast as Nate but I wholeheartedly disagree. He was perfect as young Nate. He had the sarcasm, the heart, and he was able to do his own stunts which made the film all the more believable. Mark Wahlberg wouldn't have been my first choice for Sully. Bryan Cranston or Stephen Lang might have been better but he was able to sell the role and make his version of Sully believable. Sophia Ali was the perfect Chloe, capturing the character's very essence and translating it to screen perfectly. Also, big shout out to Nolan North, the voice for Nate in the games, for making an appearance in the movie. I loved his cameo, not just because of his quip or the fan service, but because it felt like a moment of endearment, the master passing on the mantle to the next generation so to speak.
The only issue I had was that there were moments that were rushed and some things weren't explained properly. For instance, Braddock orders her men to follow Nate and Sully, who are in the middle of an air battle. A few moments later, Braddock is right there with them. How she went from point A to point B isn't explained, she just shows up out of nowhere. I assume one of her men airlifted her to the scene but still...we needed that little filler so it wasn't just a random pop-up. There were only a couple moments like that so thankfully the film wasn't hampered down by any means.
There are two credit scenes so stick around. There's some great set up for a second film and I truly hope they get to make one. Will it be the next Pirates of the Caribbean? I doubt it, but it'd be cool to have a movie trilogy out of it. If this is the only one we get, then I'm grateful that we were able to have this much. It's a whole lot of fun and a blast for the whole family.
In conclusion, don't be a purist. Go into this film with a fresh perspective and enjoy the film for what it is, not what you want it to be. The games are their own thing and the movie is its own thing. It is possible to love both. I give the film a 3 out of 4.
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