The newest footage released for the upcoming 20th Century Fox film Assassin’s Creed is quite breathtaking, and the action looks well directed. While the trailer is slightly heavier on the story elements than the previous one as it spells out exactly what’s happening to Michael Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch as he’s plugged into the Animus – the machine that allows him to relive his ancestor’s memories. No doubt a wise marketing move that is aimed at attracting the attention of general movie goers that aren’t already familiar with the hit video game franchise. In spite of this, the trailer does a good job of not giving too much away. Check it out below!
As previously mentioned, that action looks great and fits totally in the spirit of the games. We see Callum’s assassin ancestor Aguilar repeatedly displaying his parkour abilities, as he’s seen quickly scaling walls and making death defying leaps from roofs, cliffs and towers. The bit of combat we see is also very much in the vein of the games as we see throwing knives, crossbows and of course the hidden wrist blade all being used.
One of the really interesting things about the trailer is how Callum isn’t kept in seclusion while at Abstergo, the corporation that Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons are a part of. We see a number of other people that seem to similarly be within the clutches of the company, including our first look at Michael K. Williams. The trailer goes so far as to imply that Callum may lead a revolt of sorts. It’s an evident departure from the video game series as in the first game, the protagonist is essentially kept in solitary confinement when not in the Animus.
While the film was never intended to be a direct adaptation of any of the games, there appear to be some Easter Eggs in the trailer for long time fans. In the first shot of Callum we see, there appears to be a lot of erratic writing on the wall along with pictures of religious symbols. The games had a heavy religious component to them and at the very least it’s a nod to that.
Alternatively, it could be a sign that they’re setting Callum up to be a precursor to the events of the first game. As mentioned in our previous preview of the film, Desmond Miles is noted as being the 17th subject. As Desmond in the first game, clues left by the previous subject can be found and they take the form of strange writing and symbols being written on the wall of the cell. Additionally, the game talked of a “bleeding effect” where those subjected to the Animus gain the abilities of their long dead ancestors. In the trailer, there appears to be a clear shot of this, and you can hear Callum even say that it “feels real.”
Speaking of a real feel, it’s definitely something that the filmmakers are going for. In a recently released video you can see a stunt man performing the insane “leaps of faith” that we see in the trailer. Rather than simply using CGI to create that moment in the trailer where we see Aguilar diving off of a tower, they decided to actually capture a stuntman performing the harrowing jump from dizzying heights. Even the stuntman looks weary. Take a look right here.
On the whole, Assassin’s Creed appears to be shaping up to be a solid film adaptation of a video game franchise. It’s a genre that movie studios haven’t yet managed to crack and this one looks like it certainly has the potential to see a higher level of success than previous attempts within the genre.
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