10 Easter Eggs and References You Might Have Missed

New Unexplored movie, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, tells the standalone origin story of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Although the adaptation deviates from its video game source material in terms of plot, it contains many callbacks to the original. Unexplored series. Here are some of the Easter Eggs, References, and Cameos found in the Unexplored movie – have you seen them all?

[Spoiler alert: The following story contains spoilers for the Uncharted movie.]

Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan and Tom Holland as Nathan Drake in ‘Uncharted’ | Sony Pictures

The Bad Dog Sticker

There wouldn’t be Unexplored movie if it weren’t for Naughty Dog, the studio that developed the hit video game franchise. So Sony honors the company with a quick nod via Nathan Drake’s (Tom Holland) suitcase. When Nate looks in his suitcase for postcards from his brother, you’ll see a sticker with the Naughty Dog logo on the lining of the suitcase.

Nathan Drake’s catchphrase

Nathan doesn’t like corny catchphrases, but there’s one line he says quite often in video games: “Oh, shit.” As skilled as he may be at escaping danger, the treasure hunter often finds himself in tricky and frustrating situations. the Unexplored The film perfectly captures this part of Nate’s adventures by having Holland quietly say, “Oh shit,” when a car is about to push him out of a cargo plane.

The auction system

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Fans of the set Unexplored the series may notice that the auction scene in the film is taken directly from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – with some modifications, of course. In the game, Nathan, San Drake, and Victor “Sully” Sullivan invade an auction to steal an ancient cross. Nate’s job is to turn off the lights so Sully can sweep the cross, but things go awry and Sully has to outbid Rafe Adler for the relic.

That’s pretty much how things go in Unexplored movie too. However, instead of Rafe Adler, Mark Wahlberg’s Sully has to outbid Antonio Banderas’ Santiago Moncada. Unlike the game, Sam is not involved in the heist.

Sam Drake, alive and in prison

And speaking of Sam Drake, it’s an easter egg in the Unexplored movie too. Just like in Uncharted 4, the film shows Sam (Rudy Pankow) fleeing his orphanage and losing direct contact with Nathan. Nate thinks his brother is dead, but a post-credits scene shows that is not the case. The scene shows Sam alive and in jail somewhere, trying to contact Nathan.

Talk to CinemaBlend, Unexplored director Ruben Fleischer revealed that he wanted audiences to leave knowing that Sam is alive.

“I thought it would be really weird if Nate left the movie thinking his brother was dead, and then all of a sudden he finds out, oh, he’s alive,” Fleischer said. “And I didn’t want that kind of reality for our film series. So I thought it was important to make sure the audience knows he’s out there.

Nathan Drake’s signature look

It takes a while for Nathan de Holland to blend into the character fans know and love from video games. About a third of the way into the movie, Holland finally dons one of Nate’s classic outfits: a tan-colored Henley shirt (which gets dirty, bloody, and torn by the end of the movie), cargo pants, and a gun belt. leather on his shoulders.

The look is complete with Nate’s ring, another symbol of video games. He claims to have inherited Sir Francis Drake’s ring and often recites the ring engraving: “Sic Parvis Magna”, which stands for “Greatness from Small Beginnings”.

Chloe Frazer’s red outfit

the Unexplored The film introduces Nathan Drake to one of his love interests and allies (well, sometimes) – Chloe Frazer. Video game fans meet Chloe for the first time in Uncharted 2: Among Thievesand she plays later in the Uncharted 4 DLCs, The lost legacy. His character is often depicted with his red t-shirt and denim outfit. Uncharted 2.

Although Sophia Ali’s Chloe doesn’t exactly wear this outfit in the film, she wears a lot of red, starting with a red dress in Barcelona.

Gabriel Romain

Another post-credits scene recalls a Unexplored scoundrel. Nathan meets a man named Gage (Pilou Asbaek), a character created for the film. However, Gage mentions that he works for someone named Roman, which refers to the villainous treasure hunter from the first game, Gabriel Roman.

Victor Sullivan’s Goofy Dad Joke

If anyone can deliver a dad joke, it’s Victor Sullivan. In the film, Nathan and Chloe find themselves trapped underground until Sully, above ground, turns a key that opens a tunnel that looks like a well. He looks at his fellow treasure hunters and says, “Well, well.” Uncharted 3: The Drake Illusion sees Sully telling the same joke.

Nolan North on the beach

Numerous Unexplored fans might find the man on the beach greeting Nate and Chloe looks awfully familiar. That’s because he’s Nolan North, the voice actor behind Nathan Drake in the video games. His appearance is brief as he comments on Chloe and Nate’s appearances, but that’s all North wanted to do.

“I told them, ‘I don’t need to be in the movie just to be in the movie,'” North recently said. Variety. “I don’t like being removed from a film. When I watch one, I’m focused. From what we’ve done, it’s just enough of a nod for everyone to say, “Ah, that’s the guy!” And then we’re back in the movie. I was adamant with them. I didn’t want it to be complacent. »

The Nazi Map

This post-credits scene with Gage contains another Unexplored Easter egg: the Nazi card. Nate meets with Gage to acquire an old Nazi map, though it’s unclear exactly why he needs it. However, in the first Unexplored game, Nate learns that a Nazi ship has fallen on El Dorado during World War II. Maybe a potential Unexplored The sequel to the film will follow Nate’s adventure to find El Dorado.

Unexplored now playing in theaters.

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Alicia R. Rucker