Video game to film adaptations have never really been that good. There have been a few that were less bad than others, but overall, this particular sub-genre has never really had much artistic success, which is distressing as it seems that the games themselves have become far more sophisticated over the years in terms of their story telling. I Want to think that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film will break that streak of bad luck that game-to-film movies have had. It has someone like Michael Fassbender leading the cast and he is pretty smart about the roles he chooses for himself. However, I am not so sure after watching the just released first trailer for the film. The clip does the prerequisite job of setting up what the film is about for the uninitiated, but then finishes off with a bunch of action shots that feel like they are direct references to the game to appeal to gamers. I suppose that is one way to insure that you get everyone’s attention, but it just feels flat and hollow to me. (And that’s before we even get to the trailer’s music choice and its nonsensical lyrics.)
Here’s the synopsis from 20th Century Fox –
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.
The film also stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams and opens December 21. That’s one week after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so good luck with that.