Thursday, May 12, 2016

Trailer Review: ASSASSIN'S CREED

The first trailer for Assassin's Creed was released last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Check it out below:

Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), the trailer tells a story about Callum Lynch, played by Michael Fassbender, who is thought to be dead, and is taken to Abstergo Industries, to live out the life of one of his ancestors through the animus, and retrieve information for his captors.

This trailer cleanly sets up how the Assassin's Creed movie will play out at the start of the film which is definitely important to achieve a mass audience, so people understand what this film is going to be, especially considering it's going up against Rogue One in December. 

It features a fairly stellar cast as far as video game movies go, including the likes of Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons, who plays the head of Abstergo and is most likely the main villain of the story. The production team is exciting as well, for anyone that was a fan of Macbeth in particular, with the director and cinematographer from that taking part in the production of this film.

Great Looking Action Scene

Films based on video games were never going to be an easy sell to a mass audience, and over the years a number of films have been released to poor critical reception, but with the potential of Assassin's Creed shown in a strong first trailer, that could very well change (not to neglect the potential success of Warcraft, releasing worldwide soon). I read not long after the trailer dropped, that the film will be set 65% in present day and 35% in the past, which seems slightly worrying as the main reason the games are popular are the historical setting in each instalment, however the story could prove to be strong and engaging regardless. Furthermore, it seems as though this could potentially be a genre-bending movie, with elements of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Action mixed throughout.

The Animus in Action

All in all, this trailer shows great potential, and could be the tipping point for video game movies (depending on the success of Warcraft), with great talent in front of and behind the camera, it has potential to surmount the video game movie idea and just be a great film, which is apparently what their plan is, to take the concept of the games, and adapt it into an original film.

Here's the first official movie poster:

Assassin's Creed hits theaters on December 21, 2016.

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