Video game adaptations don’t have a good track record. In fact, there prettymuch hasn’t been a single good one, unless I’m forgetting something. And yet, Hollywood keeps trying to wring some cash, and hopefully a good movie, out of its main competitor for the wallets of today’s youth. Like Bart Simpson, it keeps reaching for that cupcake, and it never ends well. The latest game to get the movie treatment is Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft’s successful series of period-set (partially, anyway) parkour/murder simulators. And you know what? I think this one could be good. No really, I do. I think this movie has an honest shot at being the one to break the video game movie curse, and before we get to the brand new trailer let’s talk about why.
Firstly, the film comes from much of the same crew that made last year’s Macbeth adaptation, including director Justin Kurzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw. And that movie was darn PRETTY. A director/crew I have an interest in can go a long way to making me interested in a movie, and I genuinely think Kurzel and his team have got some serious talent going on. Second, the Assassin’s Creed movie is taking the very sound approach of not adapting any one game in the series, but rather crafting an entirely original in-canon adventure. This is a great approach, as it allows the filmmakers to craft a narrative tailor-made for cinema, rather than trying to turn a game narrative into a movie narrative. Because when has trying to do that ever worked?
So that’s two big reasons to be excited about Assassin’s Creed, or at the very least cautiously optimistic. And as for the trailer…..looks neat! I’m not the biggest Kanye West fan in the world, so the soundtrack took me out of it a bit. And there’s one effects shot in there that I REALLY hope is part of some kind of tableau sequence, and not just a really wonky, fake looking effect. But the visuals look pretty on-point and some of the action looks great. You’ve got my good faith, Assassin’s Creed. Don’t squander it!
Check out the trailer below.