Video game movies have had somewhat of a torrid past. Movie goers and gamers alike tend to agree that there’s just something that gets lost in translation when adapting an interactive story with roughly 40 hours of content into a 2 hour film. Despite a track record of subpar films, many fans haven’t given up hope that a proper adaptation of their favorite franchises could be made. Well, fans of the long-running Assassin’s Creed can now rejoice, because the first official trailer for the upcoming film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard has been released!
The story revolves around Callum Lynch, a career criminal who is rescued from his own execution by Sophia Rikkin of Abstergo Industries. He is forced to participate in the Animus Project and relive the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin during the Spanish Inquisition. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar’s memories, he begins to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars—age-old enemies of the Assassins—in the present day.
Fans of the franchise will be quick to recognize that this is an entirely different set of characters from the games. There is no sign of Desmond, Ezio, Altaïr, Connor, or any of the characters from the original trilogy. This very well could work to the film’s advantage, as it will allow its own story to unfold naturally rather than retrofitting Desmond’s multi-game journey into a two hour film. However, Assassin’s Creed is a difficult franchise to adapt given the science-fiction aspects of the plot (Spoiler Alert: historical conspiracy stories are one thing, but historical conspiracy stories involving aliens is somehow just a little bit harder to swallow). So the writing and production team clearly have their work cut out for them to say the least.
The cast looks great, as Fassbender, Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons have all proved themselves time and again on the silver screen. However, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am disappointed that they didn’t choose to go with actors of Latino descent for this story about the Spanish Inquisition. As a Latina woman, it would have been really cool for me personally to see Regency take that step towards inclusivity. I have written extensively in the past about a lack of diversity in Hollywood, so I won’t go into it here. However, despite the casting choices being reflective of a larger systemic problem in Hollywood, the cast members themselves are all great actors and will undoubtedly bring something special to this project (I’m also a little bummed they didn’t go with just a straight up Syndicate adaptation – Evie Frye happens to be my favorite assassin, so it would have been great seeing her and Jacob on the big screen. Oh well, c’est la vie).
As for the trailer itself, the film’s overall tone seems to be headed in the right direction. My biggest complaint is the currently the CGI currently looks a little too much like a video game. That might simply be because the film is still in production, but I hope the final product will improve the CGI of the soldiers and the backgrounds (after all, if I wanted my movies to look like video games, I would simply play the game the movie is based on). That being said, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that the effects will be cleaned up by the time the film is released. My personal issues aside, the trailer makes this look like it will be a fun action flick. Aguilar might not be Ezio, but his story looks as though he has the makings of a proper member of the Assassin Brotherhood.
ASSASSIN’S CREED opens on December 21st, 2016.
What did you think of the trailer? Do you think Aguilar will give the Templars a run for their money, or do you think the games are just too out of this world for a film adaptation? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
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