I really, really liked the trailer for Assassin’s Creed (well everything about it… except for that god-awful song choice). It looked like the kind of weird, action-packed and visually-impressive film that I expected director Justin Kurzel to make it following Macbeth last year. After his comments yesterday as well, it sounds like Kurzel is intent on giving the film a better opportunity to succeed than any of the past video game adaptations have had.
In terms of the film’s dueling storylines though, I don’t think I’d be jumping to any conclusions either by saying that the segments inside of the Animus and in the past were easily the most compelling moments in the trailer. By far.
Unfortunately, it looks like the film will mostly be set during the modern day, which is weird considering the present day stuff is always the worst part of the Assassin’s Creed games. The film’s producer informed IGN during their set visit to the movie, that in fact, %65 percent of the movie takes place during the modern day, which is over half of the film and leaves only about %35 percent left for the scenes set during the gorgeous, Spanish Inquisition.
It feels like a really odd and weird choice if I’m being honest. Even though the movie is delivering a much more interactive and sci-fi version of the Animus software, it still doesn’t look as good or as exciting as the moments in the past do, especially the action scenes.
Now it’s possible that this could change in the editing process, but right now, it’s just disappointing. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’d rather see Michael Fassbender killing people in the past and jumping around rooftops and off of ancient churches, than I would see him flipping around a metal room with a mechanical arm wrapped around him.
It’s clear that the movie is taking it’s Matrix influences very seriously, and that’s okay considering the basic similarities between the two stories. But the interesting part of the games are always about getting to go to a different time in the past and learning how to navigate it all. The story and conspiracy stuff set during the present day has always felt obligatory and slow compared to it. So this isn’t the most comforting news.
Assassin’s Creed is set to hit theatres on December 21st.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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