The biggest hurdle for Justin Macbeth Kurzel’s adaptation of the Assassin’s Creed game series is selling the concept to those who’ve never powered up a console. Even those gamers that have played the historical, dimensional, and genre hopping series will tell you that it takes a while for the narrative lines to become clear.
After the intrigue of the first batch of trailers, which made it seem like Bourne meets The Matrix, 20th Century Fox has started to drip feed information before the film debuts later this year.
This snippet, titled First Time Animus, shows Michael Fassbender’s Callum Lynch being strapped into the animus for the first time. It’s a machine that allows the users to tap into the memories of their ancestors, and appears to be a more biological contraption than the one depicted in the games. Such human/technological symbiosis hints that Kurzel will be peeling away the pixels for a more psychological actioner than you might have expected.
What we know so far is that Lynch is given a death row reprieve at the behest of Marion Cotillard’s Dr. Sophia Rikkin. His future now lays in the past, and by using revolutionary genetic science is able to experience the adventures of his descendent Aguilar, a member of a mysterious society of assassins from 15th Century Spain.
From there, your guess is as good as ours, and therein you’ll find the appeal of Assassin’s Creed. With a visionary directory, an A-list cast, and source material rife for a multitude of set-pieces and layered characters, surely this will put to bed the memory of Super Mario Bros? Although, didn’t we say that about Silent Hill, DOOM, Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark…
Assassin’s Creed hits the big screen December 21 in the US and on January 1, 2017 in the UK.
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