Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
The first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the popular video game franchise Assassin’s Creed dropped last night and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’m not a huge fan of the franchise by any means, but this trailer has sold me on a unique and weird looking movie. Check it out:
While the film doesn’t look like a retelling of any of the games, it looks to stay true to the general ideas and tone of the video game. A lot of this looks pretty weird, but in a good way. Director Justin Kurzel’s picture of 15th century Spain is absolutely gorgeous and the quick shots of Michael Fassbender free running through the streets looks like it will make for some engaging set pieces.
The film looks a lot grittier than I initially imagined it being. While the video game franchise has never been squeaky clean, the film adaptation looks to have more in common with Kurzel’s Macbeth, which I can dig. The addition of Kanye West in the trailer was an unexpected but oddly fitting surprise. While 15th century Spain doesn’t exactly scream out Yeezy to me, the erratic tones of his music lent a lot to the mood and feel of the trailer.
The film’s interpretation of the animus is an interesting one. In the video games, it was more of a capsule that a person would lay into and experience their ancestors memories in their own head. The film’s version looks more of a virtual reality type set up, where he is actually moving around in present day. The Assassin’s Creed series tends to have a few sex scenes in it. Will we get a scene of Fassbender humping thin air in the animus? Here’s hoping.
Assassin’s Creed opens December 21st and will probably be destroyed at the box office by Rogue One, so here’s to good luck!