Like many of you, when the “Assassin’s Creed” live-action movie was announced, I groaned. “Great, another attempt at a cash grab geared towards gamers who just want to see their favorite stories told on the big screen.” I’ve had little reason to change my mind about the film, until now that is. Ubisoft has finally given us our first look at the Animus in action, and I’ve got to say, it looks pretty damn cool.
If any of your aren’t familiar with the way the Assassin’s Creed franchise works, the story actually takes place somewhere near modern times, and the protagonist re-lives an ancestor’s memories via a machine dubbed “The Animus.” This is a modern machine used to find ancient artifacts and information to aid in the Assassin’s war against the Templars.
The history is kind of muddled in the games due to an annual game release and multiple expansions of the second title, but the gist of it is this: the Assassin’s are the “good” guys and the Templar are the “bad.” The official synopsis for the film has been released as this:
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th-century Spain. Callum discovers he is a descendant from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
Michael Fassbender looks tremendous in this movie, but he’ll have big shoes to fill. The franchise’s most popular character is Ezio Auditore. A charismatic, young Italian who is thrust into the war between the Assassins and the Templars. I’m still not thrilled to see the title, but it’ll definitely be at least a Redbox rental for me.
Assassin’s Creed releases in theaters on December 21, 2016.
What do you guys think of what we’ve seen from “Assassin’s Creed” so far? We have a history of bad game-to-movie adaptations, do you think this one will be any different? Let me know in the comments below!