Is Assassin’s Creed the film with which video game movies will become a sub-genre on par with, say, comic book hero films? The film does tick all the boxes – in Michael Fassbender, Marion Cottillard and Jeremy Irons, it has more Oscar winners per inch than anything we have seen before.
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In director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), it has a man trying to tell a character-driven story instead of one high only on action and special effects. Kurzel had recently said in an interview, “I spent most of my time with the story and the real history. That was my main focus – not so much forensically going through every aspect of the game. It was: How do you make this into a piece of cinema?”
But as the trailer of the film based on popular video game series that dropped on Tuesday shows, cool parts of the game find their place in the film. And then, there is Kanye West’s I Am A God which plays throughout the trailer.
From what one can glean from the clip, the film stays faithful to the premise of the video game series – Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, an aimless drifter who is kidnapped and killed by a corporation named Abstergo Industries. With a device named Animus, he will now tap into genetic memories of his 15th Century ancestor, Aguilar, who was a Spanish assassin. He will also have his body.
As the film jumps between the present day and Spanish Inquisition, Lynch’s job is to save the world from Assassin’s nemesis, Templars. He does that with enough scenes of slow-motion running, Parkour and jumping off the roof. There are also wrist blades and bow and arrows in the mix.
The trailer is sleek, there is a hint of story we can bite into and solid acting all around. The question is can it lift the curse of video game movies? It also means can it give us a critically acclaimed film that is also a box office success. Among the four video game films hitting theatres this year -- Ratchet and Clank, The Angry Birds Movie and Warcraft being the other three – Assassin’s Creed is the best positioned to achieve the goal. Kurzel, Fassbender and team, give us the video game film we all deserve.