By Travis Martin
Film adaptions of video games used to be taboo in the film industry, with such classics as “Resident Evil,“ “BloodRayne,“ and “Super Mario Bros.” among some film “classics.” Now, it appears that this year it may change, as video game movies like “Ratchet and Clank,“ “The Angry Birds Movie,“ and “Warcraft” being made and released. However, while they are loyal to the source material, it still seems to me that they are still trying to bring the games into a cinematic format. This is different for “Assassin’s Creed,” the upcoming adaption of the game series by the same.
This film centers on a new character named Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), a death-row inmate who is kidnapped by Abstergo Industries. Forced by Dr. Sophia Rikkin (Marion Cottilard) and her father, Abstergo CEO Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons) into a machine called the Animus, allowing him to relive memories of his ancestors. Callum is now witnessing the life of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha (also Fassbender), an Assassin who lived during the Spanish Inquisition. As Aguilar, his associate Maria (Ariane Labed), and his fellow Assassins attempt to survive the Inquisition, Callum begins to gain abilities from his time in the Animus that will allow him and other testees trapped in Abstergo to escape and to become Assassins themselves.
Now, I have been playing the Assassin’s Creed series since “Assassin’s Creed II” came out in 2009, and to me I feel that they improve on a lot of the modern aspects of the series. The times spend in modern era gameplay sections were usually the weakest part of the game. Now, as we can see from the trailer and the talents hired for the modern day parts, it looks like they really want to improve on them. Especially, as executive producer Pat Crowley told IGN, since the movie will take place 65% in the present day Abstergo faculty, and 35% in the 15th Century Spain. Hopefully this does not impede the film’s story.
The action and set pieces also look fantastic, especially when a director like Justin Kurzel behind the camera. It does not look like a straight video game-to-cinema like we’ve seen in past interactions, nor a looks as though changes are drastic to bring hate from fans, like me. To me, the film is improving on the weaker aspects of the game series, while also bringing the best parts into film life, such as the Hidden Blades and the Leap of Faith. And it will be interesting how Fassbender brings to life Callum and Aguilar in the movie.
The film will also star Michael Kenneth Williams as a character named Moussa, and Brendon Gleeson as Callum’s father Joseph, with Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, and Michael Lesslie writing the script. Once again, here is the trailer for “Assassin’s Creed,” set to release in theaters on December 21, 2016.