Saturday, May 14, 2016

'Assassin's Creed' trailer teases Fox's major video game adaptation

I feel like I've written this intro before, and without a doubt in my mind, I'm sure that I'll write it again. For many video game fans, 2016 is supposed to be the year where their favorite properties translate to success on the big screen. Fans have been putting their chips on 2016 for years. While we already saw the failure of Ratchet & Clank, the first true test of the video game brand arrives on June 10th, when Duncan Jones' Warcraft smashes into theaters. The big-budget adaptation of popular PC game World of Warcraft comes with a lofty price ($100 million +) and high expectations, and so far, it's not looking great. The trailers have been mediocre, and Box Office Pro is currently projecting the film for a total gross of $78 million. It could break out, but in the case that it falls flat at the box office and with critics, video game fans will turn to another movie- Assassin's Creed. Directed by Macbeth's Justin Kurzel, the adaptation of the popular video game series is bolstered by a prime Christmas release date and a solid cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and more. The first trailer for the film debuted earlier this week, check it out below.

This is a very strange trailer for what looks to be a very strange movie. And despite some poor choices by the studio, I kinda dug it. First, let's get the obvious out of the way- scoring this trailer with Kanye West's "I Am A God" was probably not the best choice. Juxtaposing Kanye with The Spanish Inquisition was a move that turned off a lot of people, which is understandable. However, when you move past the music, this is actually a pretty cool preview of this film. The blend of adventure with science fiction is really fascinating, giving Assassin's Creed a unique quality in the modern blockbuster climate. In addition to that, this is just a spectacular-looking film. The visuals appear to be stunning, the stuntwork looks eye-popping, and with esteemed actors like Fassbender and Cotillard, I truly believe that this could end up being a great film. I wasn't initially a huge fan of the trailer, but I'm starting to really warm up to what this movie could be.

Assassin's Creed stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Callum Turner, Michael K. Williams, Brian Gleeson, Ariane Labed, and Matias Varela. The film will debut on December 21.

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