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Uncharted is a video game saga that draws heavily on adventure cinema. If the relationship with Indiana Jones is obvious, there are also many films from which the license of Naughty Dog was inspired. HelloSolar.info’s editorial staff offers you a selection of the best adventure films for fans of Nathan Drake’s epic.
In pursuit of the green diamond
We start from the outset with a cult film: In pursuit of the green diamond by Robert Zemeckis. Released the same year as the second installment of the Indiana Jones saga, The Hunt for the Green Diamond was able to do well at the time and remains today one of the most famous adventure films of all. time. The story takes us to the heart of Colombia on an epic treasure hunt, full of twists and humour. An excellent entertainment for anyone who appreciates the change of scenery and the sensational.
Allan Quatermain is a character well known to adventure lovers. Appearing for the first time in 1885 in the novel The Mines of King Solomon by Henry Rider Haggard, our hero suffered in the cinema from the affiliation with his counterpart Indiana Jones, whose existence is in large part due to Allan Quatermain . While the first film adaptation dates from 1937, the sudden popularity of Steven Spielberg’s films pushed producers to resuscitate the adventurer. Two films will be released successively in 1985 and 1986: King Solomon’s Mines and the city of lost gold. If these two works remain less convincing than the epic of Indy, they undeniably make it possible to prolong the pleasure when one is a fan of treasure hunts.
Since Allan Quatermain and Indiana Jones, adventure cinema has established clear codes that Uncharted has copied to the letter. Before this game, these codes have obviously been used many times by the major film production studios as is the case with Disney and Benjamin Gates. Played by Nicolas Cage, our hero had the right to two adventures released respectively in 2004 and 2007. The first sees him go in search of one of the greatest myths of our civilization with The Treasure of the Templars. In the Book of Secrets, the treasure hunter goes in search of a book made available to the presidents of the United States, containing the greatest mysteries of humanity. Particularly refreshing, these two films should have a sequel planned soon. We can’t wait to have information about this new opus, although a release date is not yet in the news.
We return to cult films with Jumanji first of the name. Worn by the late Robin Williams, the 1995 work remains a classic of mainstream entertainment that takes us to the heart of a frenzied game of the fictional board game. Here, the game does not strictly speaking lead to the search for treasure, but rather to a way to end the game. The many adventures of this story, the hostile world of Jumanji and the perfect interpretation of Robin Williams have made of the film an iconic work that can be enjoyed by all ages. Two sequels were released in 2016 and 2019. The latter allow you to explore the world of Jumanji with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as your guide.
One of the latest original Disney productions takes you on a wild cruise, the Jungle Cruise which brings together the very bankable Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt. An intrepid researcher goes in search of an age-old tree that could cure all ills, in the heart of the Amazon. To explore the jungle, she embarks on the ferry of Captain Wolff, a guide as reckless as he is experienced. On their way, our improvised duo will come across many dangers, between the threats that abound in the jungle, supernatural forces and mercenaries sharing the same objective. The film is inspired by the eponymous Disneyland Parks attraction and offers very honest entertainment. We’re having a good time, we’re living an epic adventure and that’s all we ask for.
Brendan Fraser is an actor who marked a whole generation of spectators, a popularity he owes to his role in the saga The Mummy initiated in 1999. This film comes from a first eponymous work falling within the framework of Universal Monsters, a series of films released from the 1920s and featuring folkloric creatures. The first two parts revolve around the curse of Imhotep, and take us through the labyrinthine tombs of the pharaohs of Egypt. The latest feature changes scenery and abandons the Nile country for China, the Qin Emperor’s Mausoleum and his army of terracotta soldiers. Less appreciated than these predecessors, this finale is still good entertainment from the 2000s. We will not mention the 2017 reboot which retains nothing of the panache of its elders.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Lara Croft, one of the most famous heroines in the video game world and a great source of inspiration for Uncharted, has had the right to several film adaptations. The first two films worn by Angelina Jolie draw on the essence of the original games, with a real treasure hunter Lara. The last film with Alicia Vikander focuses more on the survivalist tone of Crystal Dynamics reboots, for a less convincing and fairly agreed result. It prevents that tomb Raider brings a bit of diversity to a genre that struggles to feature a woman in the title role.
The man who wanted to be king
John Huston, legendary Hollywood director, will have taken 25 years to set up this project. In the end, we end up with one of the best films in the history of cinema telling an extraordinary odyssey. Sean Connery and Michael Caine play here two unscrupulous adventurers who wish to become kings of Kafiristan, a fictional country. If their crazy dream quickly begins to come true, greed and pride will logically catch up with them. True tragic epic, The man who wanted to be king is one of those timeless works, a classic of adventure cinema, and even of cinema in the broad sense.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Another project resulting from the passion of a filmmaker… two filmmakers in this case: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. The former is now a true lover of Hergé’s comic strips, whose works he discovered after a review comparing Tintin to…Indiana Jones. Since then, the director has decided to mount a film production which finally saw the light of day in 2011 with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Quite experimental, this film entirely shot in Motion Capture was supposed to highlight the technical progress of the time. The result is very good, and we are still waiting for a sequel directed by Peter Jackson who officiated as producer on this first part.
Impossible to talk about adventure cinema without citing The Goonies which still remains a staple of the romantic coming-of-age. In this film, the band of Goonies, young teenagers, sets off in search of the forgotten treasure of pirate captain Willy One-eyed in order to save their neighborhood. Released in 1985, the film saw the light of day in the Spielbergian golden age, a time when the filmmaker’s productions dominated the world box office. Comical, epic and fun to wish, The Goonies is still as pleasant to watch almost 40 years after its release.
The Lost City of Z
Finally, we end with a more demanding but equally exotic work, The Lost City of Z by James Grey. The film tells the true story of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared in the middle of the Amazon. While mapping the borders between Brazil and Bolivia for the Royal Geographical Society of England, Fawcett stumbles upon the traces of a lost city that could harbor the secrets of an ancient civilization. Obsessed by this discovery, he will organize several expeditions in order to find the lost city of “Z” at all costs. The darling of independent American cinema alongside Paul Thomas Anderson, James Gray is a singular filmmaker who offers us with The Lost City of Z the incredible story of a man who will have devoted his entire life to the endless search for a myth.