Directed by: Allan Ungar
Written by: Allan Ungar & Jesse Wheeler
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stephen Lang, Geno Segers, Mircea Monroe, Ernie Reyes Jr.
Fans have been clamoring for a major motion picture release for the Uncharted game series by Naughty Dog. In 2017 it was confirmed that Tom Holland, our new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, signed up for the role to play Nathan Drake in an upcoming release by Sony Pictures. However, it is still in the developing stages and some fans simply cannot wait any longer.
Enter Nathan Fillion, known for playing Mal in Serenity and the short-lived TV series Firefly, as well as Richard Castle in the TV series Castle, and writer-director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) to deliver the fans an entertaining take on the character in a live action 15-minute short film. Those unfamiliar with the game should know Uncharted is an action adventure game series similar to the Tomb Raider series and the Indiana Jones films.
Allan’s direction in the short film shines with some smooth camerawork, clean edits, and looks very much like a professionally made film. Allan does a fine job capturing the action, which is fun and well choreographed. Being a film based off of the game, Allan made sure to include scenes from the game. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Allan stated, “Almost everything Nathan does in that fight is seen in one of the four games”. In addition, some scenes have a video game like quality, for example, in an action sequence where Nathan jumps out a window, he picks himself up from the ground and the camera pans around to where his back is centered in the screen as if he’s ready for the gamer to guide his next action.
Anytime you have Nathan Fillion in a film you know he’s going to deliver the charm and humour he is known for, and he does so in spades. It was a great idea to include an interrogation scene as it gives a chance for Nathan to show off his acting chops. It probably helps that the Nathan and Allan are fans of the video game series as their passion pours onto the screen. Elena Fisher and Victor “Sully” Sullivan are supporting characters from the game and are included in this film as well, played by Mircea Monroe (Magic Mike) and Stephen Lang (Don’t Breathe) who are solid for the short time they are given.
Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the video game series to fully state whether or not Allan and Nathan capture the full essences of the character and story, but word from the masses are very positive stating the film does capture the spirit of the game. What I can state is that I was very much entertained and would love to see more from this crew if they are given another opportunity