Director: Jeremy Rush
Writer: Jeremy Rush
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Episode Title: “Choose Your Pain”
Air Date: October 16, 2017
Despite being intended as merely a downloadable expansion for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, since being promoted to a half-price, standalone release, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has established itself as the rubric for a brighter future of the franchise that is free of Nathan Drake, his brooding backstory and personal dramas, and the relentless padding of his overlong, overrated games.
That isn’t a controversial opinion. The Uncharted games are good, and have periodically flirted with excellence, but they have never been the masterpieces that critical acclaim and corporate pride suggested they were. The Lost Legacy returns the series to its insouciant, knowingly pulpy roots with an experience that is half as long and twice as focused; a low-stakes adventure that retains its parent game’s engine and remarkable production value, and developer Naughty Dog’s extremely high standard of character writing and set-piece design. This is the best complete Uncharted experience, and the first to finally realise that the least interesting aspect of Nathan Drake’s tropical excursions has always been Nathan Drake himself.
Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) has practically run his part of Boston for years via dodgy dealings and violence despite any amount of police operations to bring down his gang. Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) was practically raised by Costello and trains as an officer of the law in order to access information about cases against his boss’s gang. However, this happens just as the police are about to send William Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) undercover into Costello’s gang, and it inevitably becomes an issue of who can sniff the rat out first.
The Departed is a wonderful modern day thriller with a story that is both well-written, well-directed and ultimately well-acted. Jack Nicholson adopts the persona audiences have been captivated by in previous films such as The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as mob boss Costello, and proves that the years have not mellowed him. Nicholson’s talent shines through as his character grows more and more unstable with the ever-growing knowledge that there is a wasp in the hornet’s nest.