Impossible Film Has A Scene Right Out Of Uncharted

A suspenseful action sequence in the recently released Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One involving a dangling train and some precarious jumps might have seemed a bit familiar to anyone who’s played Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. That game’s co-director thought so too, and pointed out the similarity online.

Released way back in 2009, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2 was a blockbuster PlayStation 3-exclusive action game that was clearly inspired by the Tomb Raider franchise and movies like Indiana Jones. In case you didn’t play it, Uncharted 2 opened with a tense, iconic sequence featuring the game’s protagonist, Nathan Drake, climbing his way up a train that had derailed, partially slid off a cliff, and was dangling above a terrifying drop. It’s one of the franchise’s most memorable moments and was one hell of a way to kick off that sequel. And now, a sequence in the latest Mission: Impossible film is being directly compared to Uncharted 2’s famous opening.

When I saw Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One on Sunday night, I knew ahead of time there was a big action setpiece involving a train somewhere in the film. But when the Tom Cruise-led film reached that point, I was surprised by how much the whole thing reminded me of Uncharted. Specifically, one chunk of the sequence involves Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and another character having to climb outside and inside multiple train cars that are slowly sliding off a destroyed bridge and into a valley. At one point, Hunt even does a very Nathan Drake-like leap inside a vertically hanging train car, barely grabbing a few pieces of furniture and a railing to make his way out. It all felt very Uncharted, and I’m not the only person who noticed.

Uncharted 2’s co-director tweeted about the similarities

On July 15, former Naughty Dog employee and Uncharted 2 co-director Bruce Straley posted a tweet showing analogous Mission: Impossible and Uncharted 2 images, a thinking face emoji, and the comment “…the sincerest form of flattery!” He finished with a winking emoji, seemingly indicating that he isn’t angry about the scene and just wanted to point out how alike the two train-dangling moments are.

Of course, this being the internet, some folks immediately assumed he was insinuating that the film stole the scene from Uncharted or that he was ignoring other films, like 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which features a similar dangling train scene. But that doesn’t appear to be what’s happening here. He’s just having some fun online comparing something he helped make to a big Tom Cruise blockbuster film.

Besides, it’s actually very possible Dead Reckoning Part One’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, was inspired by Uncharted 2 when putting together the sequence.

In the past, the director has confirmed that an action scene in Mission: Impossible sequel Rogue Nation was inspired by a sequence involving a plane in Uncharted 3. After all this, someone needs to get McQuarrie, Cruise, and Drake voice actor Nolan North in a room together so we can finally have North make a cameo in one of these Mission: Impossible films.


Five Nights At Freddy’s Film Killing It At The Box Office

After just one weekend in theaters, Five Nights At Freddy’s is already breaking records and racking up an impressive $130 million at the global box office since releasing on October 27 to less-than-stellar reviews.

Following years of rumors and development, the long-anticipated Five Nights At Freddy’s movie is finally out. The film is based on the incredibly popular horror games featuring scary animatronics that hunt down protagonists at night. We first heard about a FNAF film all the way back in 2015 and according to producer Jason Blum, it took nearly a decade to get this movie made because the creator and developer behind the series, Scott Cawthorn, had a lot of input in every part of the film. And now, after all that work, Five Nights is out, just in time for Halloween. If you ask some folks, the scariest thing about FNAF might be its very low Rotten Tomatoes score. But that hasn’t stopped the creepy adaptation from setting numerous box office records and making a ton of money over its opening weekend.

The new PG-13 horror film starring The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson closed out its opening weekend with an impressive $80 million in North America and $130 million globally. Keep in mind this film reportedly only cost $20 million to make, so it’s likely already profitable.

Universal Pictures / Blumhouse

As reported by Variety, according to Blumhouse and Universal, here’s a list of records and accomplishments FNAF set after its opening weekend.

  • Biggest opening weekend of the year for a horror film, overtaking “Scream VI” ($44 million)
  • The second-largest debut of all time for a video game adaptation, behind “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” ($146.3 million)
  • Biggest opening weekend ever for Universal and Peacock’s hybrid releases, beating the slasher sequels, 2021 “Halloween Kills” ($49 million) and 2022’s “Halloween Ends” ($40 million)
  • Highest-grossing opening weekend for Halloween weekend release, outperforming 2011’s “Puss in Boots” ($34 million)
  • Third-biggest debut for any horror film, trailing 2017’s “It” ($123 million) and 2019’s “It: Chapter Two” ($91 million)
  • Best debut ever for PG-13 horror film, besting 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” ($68 million)
  • Highest-grossing Blumhouse global opening of all time, ahead of “Halloween” ($91.8 million)

It’s wild to see Five Nights At Freddy’s outperforming Halloween, The Mummy, and Scream. It also beat out the new Exorcist film, which as of October 29, has racked up a total of $120 million—which is less than FNAF’s opening weekend. It’s also a great reminder that the Five Nights franchise, even if it’s not the newest IP in the world, is still extremely popular among kids and teenagers.

The film’s PG-13 rating disappointed some bloodthirsty fans and horror critics, but it also likely helped the adaptation do better at the box office as it made it easier for younger folks to head to the theater and check it out.

Of course, a low Rotten Tomatoes score could spell doom for the film’s second weekend, but at this point, Blumhouse and Universal are probably pretty happy with how it’s been received, considering it took nearly a decade to get this thing out the door. Now I just need a Megan and Five Nights At Freddy’s crossover film. Come on Universal, make it happen.


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