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Assassin’s Creed Official Trailer

Generally adapting a film from a game whether it be of the video or board variety is not the greatest of ideas but there can be exceptions, whether Assassin’s Creed is that exception is nowhere near decided. Having Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson involved are certainly points in its favour, as well as being directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth), however a factor that may give you little less faith in that this can be a success is the writing team. Michael Leslie worked with Kurzel on Macbeth so there’s not too much to worry about there, but co-writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper have most recently worked on Tower Heist, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Transporter Refuelled and Allegiant, so their suitability for this project seems completely unknown other than perhaps an affinity for the game itself.
Moving on to the actual trailer, what we can see looks great, it has the familiar elements players will recognise, and the cast, the briefly that we see them, appear suited to their roles, but the awful choice of a Kanye West song to go alongside the footage shows more what the makers of the film might be aiming at, a young male audience that just want to see people fighting each other. That itself is already a huge disappointment, because using this type of game to adapt opens up huge possibilities, it’s not a simple fight the bad guy situation but if that’s their target audience, it is entirely possible it’s been used to just make box office fluff. It’s certain though that today on Twitter will be full of complaints about that Kanye song.

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