I Am A God
When in doubt, go with pedigree. At least that’s what I got from the first official trailer for the Assassin’s Creed movie. The film adaptation of the ridiculously popular game franchise looks like it could easily be another entry in the series. Which has got to be one of the most “welcome to 2016” statements i’ve ever made. Yes, this movie looks like a game sequel, and that is not an insult.
It was announced back in February that Ubisoft would be skipping this year’s outing to focus on 2017’s game entry. Many people assumed that it would allow audiences to pay more attention to the live action film slated for December of 2016, and if this trailer is any indication, that was a smart play, because i’m sure more than a few people would confuse this as just another game. The visuals are ripped directly from your adventures in the Animus. What’s best, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard bring a level of gravitas that this series needs. Yes, the concept is utterly ridiculous, but having earnest, and great actors should allow the more fantastic moments to carry a little more weight.
If I were a betting man (i’m not), i’d say Assassins’s Creed has a shot at being the first truly good game to film adaptation. Where other franchises, for one reason or another, decided to chip at and run away from their source material, this trailer is saturated in everything that fans love about the series. The parkour looks amazing, and the landscapes majestic. You want to get the people on board with your game adaptation, quickly reminding them of why they play the games in the first place is the way to do it.
Assassin’s Creed is set to release December 21st, 2016.