Video game film adaptions have had a long history of being disappointing. From Super Mario Bros. to the recent Ratchet & Clank, the quality of video game movies have been subpar. While the first Mortal Kombat is a guilty pleasure of mine, I cannot call any of these films legitimately good. The upcoming Angry Birds film has received some positive reviews, but as it currently stands with a score of 46 on Metacritic and a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like it might be okay at best. Sights have been set on two upcoming adaptations to change the standard: Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed starring the talented Michael Fassbender. With the world premiere trailer dropping last night on Jimmy Kimmel, this may be the one video game fans have been waiting for.
The trailer starts with Callum Lynch (played by Michael Fassbender) waking up and discovering from Sofia Rikkin (played by Marion Collitard) that he’s been inducted into the Animus program. Confused and scared, he is reluctantly forced into the machine where he visits the past life of an ancestor in the Spanish Inquisition that’s a part of creed of assassins. The imagery in Spain is beautiful with high contrast of colors with some subdued dusty atmospheres that instill the ancient feeling of the time period. The costumes have a withered and handmade look to them. The assassin outfits are heavily detailed and familiar to those who play the series.
The rest of the trailer well represents the gameplay of the series. We see Assassins running from pursuers, leaping across rooftops and battling guards with some martial arts movie flair. The dialogue is minimal in this trailer, but from what was there, it was neither bad or good, just appropriate. Given my experiences with Fassbender and Collitard, I am confident that the acting will be above par, not to mention Jeremy Irons (playing Alan Rikkin) is also in this. The trailer is marvelous to watch. The only downside is the choice of Kanye West’s “I Am a God” for the trailer song which feels tonally inappropriate for the 15th century set piece.
A fan from Neogaf has re-uploaded the trailer with music from Woodkid, but what do you think? Do you like the music from the original trailer, the fan re-cut or would prefer something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below.
Assassin’s Creed is written by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper and is directed by Macbeth director Justin Kurzel. It will release in theaters on December 21st, 2016.