So the first trailer for Assassins Creed has dropped a few days ago (from the date of this post) and I feel somewhat ashamed for saying that I almost completely forget this was going to be a thing (especially seeing that I’m a fan of the series). Assassin’s Creed is the first movie produced by it’s creator Ubisoft’s new Motion picture department, who look set to turn some of their most popular game series into movies (and who also desperately wants you to forget that their first attempt in the film industry with the Prince of Persia movie, never happened). So below I’m gonna give a quick breakdown of what looks good and maybe not so good.
Assassin’s Creed stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, a man who is kidnapped by an evil cooperation filled with modern day Templars, called Abstergo. Callum is forced to enter a machine called the Animus, which allows the Callum to experience his ancestor’s life, as a member of the Assassin Order (the sworn enemy of the Templars), during the Spanish inquisition.
So already this all sounds pretty faithful to the already well-established lore of the series, so much so that the film will actually be canon. I doubt this will heavily contribute to AC’s very convoluted lore, filled with ancient alien beings and Adam and eve i.e. the first Assassins (no seriously), because as a movie that will try and aim for as wide as an audience as possible, it doesn’t need to delve deep into the background stuff. However, with that being said, I’m sure there will be plenty of nods and maybe even clues for fans to decipher.
Tons of Parkour:
It wouldn’t be much and an AC movie without dubious amounts of hooded figures flipping and jumping around. So don’t worry because judging by this trailer alone, AC is going to have plenty of it, and yes there was the infamous leap of faith right at the end of the trailer; serving as the trailers ‘money shot’ and as you can see in the trailer, it does actually look pretty cool.
The Spanish Inquisition:
Visually, the AC movie doesn’t stray far from what fans are used to seeing, rather than set it in a new time period, Ubisoft have kept it in the 14th century, during the Spanish Inquisition, which is the same time period of some of arguably the most popular games in the series (all of the ones featuring the protagonist Ezio, in case you were wondering, so don’t be too surprised if we see him in some form in the film).
The imagery in this trailer is striking, with Spain managing to look both depressingly violent yet beautiful and with Director Justin Kurzel behind the wheel, I’m not surprised; the last movie he directed, Macbeth, had some of the best cinematography I had seen through all of 2015 (it also starred Michael Fassbinder and Marion Cotillard). So rest assured that at least visually, AC is going to look pretty damn good.
The Animus looks a little…different:
So one of the most important tools in the AC series is the Animus, It is the machine that allows users to relive the past, aesthetically, there has never really been much to look at, though it’s appearance has changed throughout the series. Sometimes it looked like a half of a CT scanner and other times it looks like the therapy chair that you sat in when you sought help in getting over the disappointing Prince of Persia movie; regardless nothing about it really ever struck out. Although sometimes things are “sexed” up in movies and in this day machines are apparently no exception. So when they revealed what the movie version of the Animus looked like, I was pretty surprised with their take on it. There is nothing wrong with it per say, it just seems somewhat…impractical; although the trailer does seem to hint that it will do more than force you to watch your ancestors have sex this time around, so expect it to have a new gimmick or two.
Ubisoft’s big gamble:
Of course, it is still early to say which direction is going and trailers can be misleading right up to the very end, but from what little we have seen in the first trailer, I say that things are looking hopeful. This is especially important as it’s pretty well known that most movie adaptations of video games straight up suck (*cough* Doom *cough* Resident evil), so this is a pretty big gamble for Ubisoft’s Motion picture department, especially with the failure of their first attempt at adapting the aforementioned Prince of Persia. Whether this movie succeeds or fails, it will greatly affect the structure the movies (if any) that supersede it. So I wish Ubisoft the best of luck and hope that this starts a new trend of film adaptations of games that are actually good and let’s hope that begins with Assassin’s Creed when we see it when it debuts this December.