The new Assassin’s Creed trailer explores the dual nature of the story, giving us both past and present details of the world.
Michael Fassbender plays the dual roles of Callum Lynch, the character in the present, and Aguilar, his ancestor from 500 years past. We are introduced to the present incarnation of Fassbender, Lynch, in a quick series of shots culminating in what I assume is death by injection, otherwise known as the death penalty. Cut to him as a prisoner of the Abstergo Industries while Marion Cotillard explains the situation our hero find himself in.
They want what his ancestor knows, they want information that can only be gained by unlocking genetic memories. The only way to retrieve these memories is by reliving them within the Animus. The Animus being the big room with the one mechanical claw arm that picks up Fassbender and flies him around.
I’m extrapolating some of this based on game knowledge and what is shown in the trailer. Things could be different in the movie, although video games and movies are visual story telling mediums, different approaches are needed to tell a coherent and enjoyable story. Hence why we have the video game movie curse.
As with the Resident Evil movie franchise, Assassin’s Creed movie is not following a character from the game, instead Fassbender plays a character created specifically for the movie. Hopefully this will help to break the curse and Assassin’s Creed will be both a critical and financial success.
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 descended 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.
Assassin’s Creed hits theaters on December 21, 2016.
Directed by Justin Kurzel.
Written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Michael Lesslie.
Cast by Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael K. Williams.
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