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The Assassin's Creed movie might even be better than the games

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Maybe it's because I am a Michael Fassbender fan, but the trailer for the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie has me thinking it might even be better than the video games. I'll make a bet with anyone that it's not going to join the long list of failed games to movies adaptations.

In 300, we saw that Fassbender could pull off incredible fighting scenes, and it looks like he's bringing that same quality to the Assassin's Creed movie. You'll notice the phenomenal acrobats in the trailer, a signature of the Assassin Creed franchise. Fassbender performed a lot of the stunts himself, or as he called it “I’ve learned how to roly poly, tumble turn." His time with the game clearly shows in his execution of the physicality of the protagonist. Read more about how he prepared for his role here.

He is, of course, not only looks and action, but he is also a superb actor. Remember him as the android in Prometheus? He was the best thing about that movie.


In the two-minute trailer, Fassbender's magnetic on-screen presence draws you right into the scenes with him. Your heart beat starts to pick up as the duo performs the signature Assassin's Creed maneuvers across the landscape. The tension escalates as he immerses himself into the role of the Assassin. There's a tangible anticipation that spreads as the trailer unfolds ... and you can't wait to see more.

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Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) also delivers a striking performance as Sophia Rikkin, daughter of Alan Rikkin (played by Jeremy Irons. She is Fassbender's guide at Abstergo Industries. One of the things that's a distinct improvement from the video games is the Animus. The machine looks not only sentient but is also visually incredibly impressive.

The female assassin who performs the astonishing sequence with Fassbender in the trailer is Ariane Labed. She plays the role of Maria; an assassin Fassbender finds as he enters the Animus to reappear in 15th century Spain. Their execution of Assassin's Creed parkour looks more like a dance than two assassin's moving across the city.

The last Assassin's Creed game, Syndicate, was more an "apology" for its predecessor, Unity, than anything else. It was an improvement, but it wasn't spectacular. Rogue was also not impressive, so that leaves us with Black Flag. I can't remember the last Assassin's Creed game that was extraordinary, it could very well be one of the earlier games. The movie, on the other hand, holds the promise of something extraordinary. Here's to hoping it delivers that and more to set a new standard for games to movie adaptations.

Sit back, pump up the volume and watch the Assassin's Creed world premier trailer. Would love to know your thoughts - impressed or disappointed?

Assassin's Creed, the movie releases on 21 December 2016. 

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