Trailer Tuesday: Assassin’s Creed is Looking to Break the Video Game Movie Curse

Written by Logan J. Fowler and Justin Matchick

Trailer Tuesday

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Release Date: December 21st, 2016

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson

Director: Justin Kurzel (Macbeth)

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I have never really spent much time playing the games that Assassin’s Creed are based on. However, I know that the games offer plenty of historical fiction elements that have provided many with an experience that also has some educational purpose. One would wonder if the upcoming film does the same thing, but the main question seems to be is if the movie can both be entertaining and please fans of the franchise. Time will tell. -LJF

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: I’ve only played the first of the Assassin’s Creed games, and even then that was nine years ago when it was first released. Still, I enjoyed enough about the game to realize that there is a lot of potential in the story (especially considering there have been nine games released in the main series so far) and it could very easily translate to film. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the movie is that, unlike most other video game adaptations, this will be set in the same universe as the games albeit focusing on a different set of characters. Could this be the film that finally defies the stigma that all video game adaptations wind up being mediocre at best? – JTM

Rate the Trailer: 3 out of 5. I have to say, for not being someone who tried the games out all that much, I’m enjoying what I’m seeing. You can’t go wrong with Fassbender, the setting seems to be right on the money, and the visuals appear to be on point. Obviously, the positives could be right on the surface in the well cut trailer, but this looks to be at least a decent effort. –LJF

Rate the Trailer: 4 out of 5. Michael Fassbender is great in virtually every role I’ve ever seen him in, so that already has gotten me excited. The movie looks like it has really captured some of the most iconic aspects of the game series, including the parkour, death-defying stunts, and intense scenes of combat. Even the choice of Kanye West’s “I Am A God” for the trailer’s music seems like it should be out of place, but fits right in with the tone the trailer is striving for. The only reservation I have about the movie at this point is how they will balance the scenes set in the modern day and the scenes set in the computer simulation of the past. From what I remember about the first game, and what I’ve heard about the subsequent games, the modern day scenes are always the least interesting moments in the story. I’m hoping they keep those to a minimum and focus on Fassbender’s time spent as his ancestral avatar. – JTM

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent. With the movie coming out right in the the thick of the Christmas season, I feel that my wallet is going to be pretty empty. Therefore, I’ll definitely check out Assassin’s Creed when it becomes available for rental. -LJF

Theater, Rent, Undecided, No Thanks? Theater. This comes out about a week after Star Wars Rogue One, but I think this trailer has impressed me enough that I’m willing to pay for the movies two weeks in a row. Not only that, but this has gotten me hyped enough that I want to go back and play all the games in the series that I missed out on over the years. – JTM

Assassin’s Creed hits the hay on December 21st, 2016

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