Assassin’s Creed is proving to be a strange beast of a movie when it comes to anticipation. On one hand, we have an adaptation of a successful property that was an original concept of its own. The concept of diving into someone’s mind to learn from their ancestors, or to learn their “genetic memories,” is great; we have a modern sci-fi movie and a period action piece all in one. On the other hand, people have been burned by video game movies in the past and the hype for the film seems to be hindered by its source material’s original platform.
No Hype for Assassin’s Creed?
Is it possible for a video game movie to succeed? Of course! Just like comic-books and toys, video games provide a wide range of possibilities when it comes to interesting stories to tell. If we look at Warcraft as an example, the problems with that film were not that it was based on a video game, it was just a bad movie. A new round of images from Assassin’s Creed have been released and everything about this movie looks good. Whether it be huge blockbusters or small independent features, Michael Fassbender usually gives a great performance in whatever he is in (the trailer for Assassin’s Creed is no different). Check out the images below:
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For those of you not familiar with the Assassin’s Creed shtick, these images might not make a lot of sense, check out the movie’s official synopsis for a refresher:
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
The biggest source of confidence in Assassin’s Creed may not be what we are seeing in these images or the first trailer, it is what is happening behind the camera. This isn’t just some random blockbuster that 20th Century Fox is slapping together with a “yes man” director. This is, for all intents and purposes, the spiritual sequel to last year’s Macbeth. Both films star Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and are directed by Justin Kurzel. This tidbid is what should have us all interested. The filmmaking team behind one of 2015’s most stoic dramas has all transitioned over to a “big dumb video game movie,” there is something special going on here.
What do you all think? Do these images move you on the hype scale? Are video game movies destined to fail? Let us know in the comments below! Assassin’s Creed is schedule for release on December 21, 2016.