The new Assassin’s Creed game-to-movie adaptation trailer has released, and it looks incredibly promising. In a time where video-game movies are, to put it bluntly, a disgraced and ridiculous genre, we must look to three upcoming releases as the possible saviours of the entire form; Assassin’s Creed (2016), World of Warcraft (2016), and – starring 2015’s breakout star Alicia Vikander – Tomb Raider (TBA). We now have trailers for the former two, and whilst Warcraft has fans of the series excited; to an outsider it looks like a confusing mess of fantasy clichés and CGI babies (which, to be fair, the Warcraft series unashamedly is). Assassin’s Creed has some issues that are evident from the trailer, but I believe this will be the movie that sets the benchmark for the genre, and proves to both the audience and the industry that video-game movies can be a viable product.
I believe this will be the movie that sets the benchmark for the genre
Firstly, the movie is an Assassin’s Creed adaptation. This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but I mean it is recognisably a part of the Assassin’s Creed universe, with visuals, style, plot and all. This immediately elevates it above disasters such as Super Mario Bros (1993), Max Payne (2008), and Need for Speed (2014); all of which threw out the core concepts that made the games successful and beloved, instead filling the movie with frankly laughable plots, characters, and settings. Assassin’s Creed looks like it is keeping the basics; the animus, the ancestral DNA, the Assassin outfits, but is updating some features to keep it fresh – for example, the animus is no longer a fancy sunbed, but it is instead a fully movable cybernetic limb, which means Fassbender’s character must move parallel to how his ancestor moved. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows in the trailer, however, as the decision to change Abstergo’s methods and actions can potentially kill the movie. Fans of the series know just how badly the ‘Desmond/real person’ segments can slow down the games, and the director Justin Kurzel must be careful not to spend too long outside the animus – Fassbender will be the underlying unifying factor for potential sequels, but the fans and general audience will be going mainly to see the Assassin spectacles and historical settings.
Further, the movie looks great. Simply put, the cast and crew working on this have done a stellar job. Filming off the back of Macbeth, the film was expected to have great visuals, and expectations have been met. From the oppressive whites and greys of the Abstergo facility, to the explosions of colour and shadows of 15th century Spain, the one guarantee for this film is that it will look the part of a Hollywood blockbuster. Not only does the setting look great, but the set design, and costume designs are just spot-on. Small details in Fassbender’s assassin outfit mesh together, with the scenes involving multiple assassin’s being believable (as far as scenes involving fictional assassins can be anyway!) If you have not seen Macbeth (2015), I would highly suggest you watch it. It is one of the greatest Shakespeare film adaptations, and one of the most visually stunning movies of recent years.
It will look the part of a Hollywood blockbuster
Finally, the factors all seem to amount to what is a promising and potentially seminal movie. The director, as mentioned, is fantastic. The cast is filled with stellar actors and actresses; namely Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons. The action looks believable and well-shot. The settings are intriguing and fascinating to fans of the series, history buffs, and the average movie-goer. The film itself seems faithful to the canon. All-in-all: Assassin’s Creed looks incredible.