2016 is the year when video game adaptations are once again attempting to be taken seriously from Hollywood, but for the first time in a long time, it’s looking more and more like that hope isn’t quite as false as it has been before, both with Duncan Jones’ promising Warcraft, and the even more mysterious and artistic, Michael Fassbender-led Assassin’s Creed film from Macbeth director, Justin Kurzel.
The film will borrow a large majority of story elements from the video game franchise, following Fassbender’s Callum Lynch in the present day, who is trapped and forced into the Animus software by the Templar order in order to relive the life of his 15th century assassin ancestor, Aguilar, and learn the secrets of the past.
Now, the first official trailer and poster for the movie have made their debut, and check it out – because it looks like Assassin’s Creed might end up being a whole lot more fun than you might have thought:
I enjoyed everything about this trailer… except for the hip hop song that came into play about halfway through. It just didn’t seem to work with the visuals being shown onscreen, and felt out of place and disorienting, especially for a movie about a guy reliving the memories of an expert assassin from the Spanish Inquisition.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a movie’s trailer is subject to the betrayal of a poor song choice though, so taking that away from the equation, Assassin’s Creed looks almost exactly like how you thought it might, and that’s not a bad thing here. Kurzel seems to be bringing in his previous eye for visceral action from Macbeth back in full force here from the looks of it, and with the reunion between him and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, I can only imagine how the final visuals might end up looking in the movie.
The film has tampered with the use of the Animus software slightly it looks like as well, allowing Callum to jump and move around a large cylinder room rather than in the games, which makes it look more like a virtual reality simulation than say, a device that enters your brain. With our first looks at not only Fassebender in the film though, but also Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons’ templar characters, as well as its previous comparisons to movies like Blade Runner and The Matrix - Assassin’s Creed looks like a faithful adaptation of the video games its based on, that also feels free and original compared to the source material. Here’s to hoping it lives up to the talent involved in it though.
Assassin’s Creed is set to hit theatres to December 21st.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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