Unless you’re not a gamer, or are not a fan of Michael Fassbender, you’ve probably seen the newest Assassin’s Creed movie trailer that debuted online this morning. In it, we get a look at Callum Lynch’s (Fassbender) experiences in the Animus, a machine used by the shadowy Abstergo Industries to uncover the genetic memories of Lynch’s ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha. We also see a bit more of the gear that Aguilar & his fellow Assassins are outfitted with, including throwing knives, a grappling hook, and a close-up of the ever-present hidden blade gauntlets.
This trailer was also full of lots of action & combat. The surgical precision with which the assassins fight is well-portrayed in a scene in which a guard is taken out from behind while his vision is obscured by a smoke screen (perhaps the smoke bombs will make an appearance?), and in another scene where a female assassin quickly & simultaneously dispatches two soldiers with a flourish of her hidden blades. There are also several scenes showing off the impressive parkour skills of the assassins, as they run across rooftops & leap between buildings and down walls, presumably while chasing or escaping from someone. In one of my favorite shots from this trailer, we even get a glimpse of what fans of the AC franchise know as “the bleeding effect” – a process by which an ancestor’s skills & memories are transferred to the present day character. In a snippet of the scene, we see what appears to be Aguilar’s visage ethereally superimposed over Callum, as he moves to strike someone.
Now… I have one bone to pick with this film, and it’s with one line that’s spoken in the trailer by a shadowy, suited character played by Jeremy Irons (yes, he’ll be in this movie too). His character mentions about Callum, “We’ve traced his bloodline back 500 years to the Assassin’s Creed.”
No…no you haven’t.
The creed, as all of us fans of the franchise know, is a simple statement that guides the assassins: “Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.” What Lynch’s bloodline was traced back to was the Assassin ORDER. With the history of video games being turned into movies being what it is, we can only hope that this one flub isn’t indicative of more missteps in the translation of the story to the big screen…