When it comes to film adaptions of video games, historically, it has been a difficult challenge for even the most experienced filmmakers.
The worst thing you can do, when making a film based on a popular video game, is to have it ‘loosely based’ on the source material. This is just a sure fire way to make a bad movie that fans, and a wider cinema audience will dislike. You only have to look at the film career of Uwe Boll or the Bob Hoskins Super Mario Bros. movie to know, that wandering away from the source material is a bad idea. You have to bring the core elements that people loved from the game, and then you can add a new twist or interpretation, but the film has to be recognisable to the game.
Fox have spent many years trying to get Assassin’s Creed off the ground, and over the last two years they finally pushed on with the project that has lead us to this day, the day we have gotten our first look at the film.
Video game movie adaptions are usually bad, and more often than not, you have to go back and replay the game it was based on to wash away all the bad things that the film installed in your head.
After watching this trailer, Fox might finally be on to a winner…
First of all, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can check it out below:
As fans of the Assassin’s Creed series, it’s safe to say we were very nervous and apprehensive when we saw that the trailer had landed.
First of all, it is clear from this trailer that they have taken a large part of the video game and transferred it on to the big screen.
Just hearing “Abstergo” and “Animus” was a very gratifying moment, and for a split second any apprehensiveness disappeared. You were drawn in to a world, that as Assassin’s Creed fans, you know and love.
It’s when we are transported from the present to the past that the trailer really comes in to its own.
The film looks visually beautiful, and the tone and style of the movie, not only looks like it has been ripped from the source material, at times it ameliorates the video game.
The freerunning and fight chorography looks very impressive and when we get more story based dialogue in the next trailer, we will be able to get an even greater idea of what to expect. But so far, the signs are very promising.
There was one aspect of the trailer that we are less than convinced with, and that was the choice of music. The instrumental parts of the song were fine, and the lyrics made sense, but the contrast between audio and visual, for us, didn’t help elevate the trailer.
Yes you can say it was to show an audible contrast between the past and present, but we might have had a more satisfying reaction if the music had been more fitting with the time, it needed to be epic, instead it was just a little…meh.
5 Things From The Trailer:
We’ve taken five moments from the trailer that stood out. Tell us your best moments in the comments.
The New-Look Animus
The new approach to the Animus, other than just being a boring transparent pod or headset, looks visually interesting, if not a little too similar to something from The Matrix.
It was also implied, that rather than Fassbender being ‘asleep’ during his time inside the Animus, he’s going to be actually acting out his actions in the present. The final jump at the end and when using the bow seemed to really solidify this notion. If true, it’s an interesting new idea and one that is pretty useful in giving the film its own unique identity within the franchise.
From Game To Film
This was the moment when you truly felt like you was in the world of Assassin’s Creed, the large wide shot of the roof tops, sun bleached tones and the bird majestically flying through the air.
Everything about this first establishing shot felt so right, and really helped to set the tone for the rest of the trailer.
Run Assassin Run
One of the biggest concerns for this movie, was the temptation to not use the game’s most distinguishable quality, the parkour or freerunning.
From scaling up buildings, to leaping from rooftops, every action scene felt true to the game, they understood its importance in the fabric of the franchise.
And Stay Down
Ariane Labed’s character looks like she is going to be a major part of the film, and from what we’ve seen so far, her fight scenes might just steal the show.
As the experienced assassin, it will be interesting to see how she interacts and takes to Fassbender’s inexperience. The contrast should hopefully provide some compelling storytelling and action packed moments.
Leap Of Faith
This was the perfect way to end the trailer, one of the most iconic visual elements in the Assassin’s Creed world.
There was nothing more satisfying than completing that deadly climb, reaching the top and diving off the building to some hay below.
While it is unlikely that there can be anything that soft to break a fall from that height, the scene served as fan service to those who have played the games, and as an impressive visual for those who haven’t.
What did you think about the trailer? Has this eased your concerns or are you still undecided? Leave your comments below.