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05.12.2016

The trailer for the much-anticipated ASSASSIN'S CREED has arrived and it's got all the style and atmosphere that both hardcore fans of the game would desire and enough action, setting, and character to appease those with no prior knowledge. Directed by Justin Kurzel (MACBETH) and starring Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Brendan Gleeson, this looks to be the videogame adaptation that could break the stigma that typically follows these types of films. With such elevated talent on the property it's hard to imagine this being anything but badass. Take a look at the trailer and judge for yourself, then join me below for a description of the first 20 minutes of the film!

Pretty sweet, right? I had the pleasure of visiting the set last year (and will have my report up later today), where we saw all kinds of cool shit that teased a very promising adaptation. In addition to that, last week I got a look at the first 20 minutes of the film (plus an additional scene), so if the trailer has you jazzed up for more, let's get into it.

FIRST 20 MINUTES

The film opens in 1988 as we soar over a desert area (I believe New Mexico) in the daylight, flying along with a bird in the sky (effects were unfinished here, but you get the idea) as The Black Angels "Young Men Dead" plays loudly. We hone in on a young boy, Cal (Fassbender's character) who pulls a hoodie over his head and rides his bike towards a small desert town. He gets to his home in the dusty town and walks in the door calling to his mom. A woman is seated at the kitchen table, eyes wide open and unmoving. Blood pours down from her chest to her arms and legs. In her left hand she clutches a necklace with Creed symbology on it, blood dripping from it as well.

Cal turns and sees a man in a green hood, holding what appears to be a version of the wrist blade, again with blood dripping from it. Cal calls this man "Dad" and his Dad addresses him as Cal. Cal's father approaches him slowly and menacingly, obviously determined (possessed?). As he gets closer to Cal, presumably to kill him, he says "Your blood is not your own." Then, sirens are heard and cop cars begin pulling up. Cal makes a run for it as the police storm in to capture his father. We see Cal on the roof of the house, running away, jumping in slow motion from rooftop to rooftop, a tease of things to come.

CUT TO: Present Day. We're now in a prison. The grown-up Cal (Michael Fassbender) is in his cell, making a pencil drawing. His wall is adorned with them, ranging from violent to eerie images, as if transcribing nightmares. A priest talks to one of the guards who says that's all Cal does is make drawings. It's revealed that Cal killed a man in a bar with his bare hands, landing him in prison and on death row. The priest attempts to talk to Cal just before his execution, in which he reads from Robert Frost's poem "After Apple-Picking".

We are then taken to the execution chamber. Fassbender's Cal seems unapologetic and as they prepare him to be killed he's asked if he has any last words. He says, "Yes, tell my father I'll see him in hell." At this point he is injected and we see a series of quick-cut images, which tease all manner of timeframes.

CUT TO: Abstergo. Fassbender's Cal opens his eyes and is in a white-colored room. In front of him is Marion Cotillard's Dr. Sophia Rikkin. She addresses Cal and informs him that he is dead. Not literally, but that his faked execution has rendered him no longer of the known living world. She tells him that he is at Abstergo and that he is her patient. Cal gets up and tries to run away, but is still dazed from the faux execution drugs. Rikkin says to let him go as we see there are guards stationed throughout the area.

Abstergo has a futuristic, yet organic feel to it; steel, wood, and mortar all mixed together to create a kind of timeless atmosphere. The Abstergo symbol is seen on the walls, lit up in lights. We see numerous patients wandering around, almost like zombies. Fassbender stumbles at some point and falls. A woman patient helps him and says the same words his father said to him back in '88: "Your blood is not your own." Cal gets back up and keeps going. He stumbles into a garden area where we see Michael K. Williams character and a few others. Cal makes it to a window area and stands on the edge where it's open. Williams starts to talk to him, almost beckoning him to jump and Rikkin arrives to talk him back. We see a wide reveal of the Abstergo facility, built into what appears to be a mountain, just in front of a city. Before Cal can do anything more he's shot by a tranquilizer dart and falls to the ground.

CUT TO: Scene from the past. Cal's ancestor, Aguilar, is seen in a flashback sequence (or rather, an Animus flashback), where he's dressed in the darker unifrom and with tattoos on his face. He is accompanied by a female assassin (Ariane Labed) as they attempt to escape from a group of men trying to kill them in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. They fight through a series of buildings, running, jumping, fighting, using bow & arrow (with a really cool POV shot from it), sword, or hand-to-hand. It's fast and frenetic, and cuts back to the present day as it moves along, where Cal is seen, attached to the new version of the Animus, which attaches to the Assassin and allows him/her to "reenact" the memories they're reliving, thereby "training" them as they do so. The sequence is in rough cut form, with much of it unfinished and with shots that still need digital work.

All said, the footage showed immense potential, even in rough form, and played very well. Fassbender is fully committed to the role of Cal/Aguilar and Kurzel's style is in full force. I think both fans and non-fans will be very happy with this adaptation, which honors the mechanics and story of ASSASSINS CREED, while still telling it anew and with some new angles. The footage teases a film that's obviously rooted in some bigger ideas and with a narrative that is seeped in mystery as much as action. Based on the footage, the teaser, and the set visit (again, coming later today), ASSASSIN'S CREED has easily become one of my most anticipated films of 2016 and I firmly feel it has the potential to break the videogame adaptation curse. Fingers crossed, but with the talent involved I won't have to cross 'em too tight.

ASSASSIN'S CREED hits theaters on December 21st, 2016.

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6:46PM on 05/12/2016
Holy shit....seems like they might have got it right. The rap music didn't fit the theme though.
Holy shit....seems like they might have got it right. The rap music didn't fit the theme though.
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3:33PM on 05/12/2016

Give it a shot

Didn't dig this trailer very much but I'll be open minded and give it a shot. I just wished it was a different property for a big mainstream video game movie to show an audience. But that's just my biased opinion because I don't really like these games.
Didn't dig this trailer very much but I'll be open minded and give it a shot. I just wished it was a different property for a big mainstream video game movie to show an audience. But that's just my biased opinion because I don't really like these games.
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2:16PM on 05/12/2016
Hopefully, this will not suck, but this right here was not particularly well done. Cinematography looks good, but that was a piss poor trailer.
Hopefully, this will not suck, but this right here was not particularly well done. Cinematography looks good, but that was a piss poor trailer.
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1:29PM on 05/12/2016
Flop. Video games are video games, movies are movies it just don't work sorry.
Flop. Video games are video games, movies are movies it just don't work sorry.
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12:41PM on 05/12/2016

You people will never learn

Video game movies will ALWAYS suck. Hitman, Prince of Persia, Ratchet and Clank, Super Mario, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat...

Come on people, this looks like a steaming bag of shit. CG people in the streets, Robot Arm Animus, Horrible music, BLOODLESS ASSASSINS. Wtf is wrong with you guys? Prince of Persia had a big star and the support of Ubisoft and that was just as bad as Super Mario the movie.

This looks horrible and you are all dumber than a box of rocks for thinking otherwise.
Video game movies will ALWAYS suck. Hitman, Prince of Persia, Ratchet and Clank, Super Mario, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat...

Come on people, this looks like a steaming bag of shit. CG people in the streets, Robot Arm Animus, Horrible music, BLOODLESS ASSASSINS. Wtf is wrong with you guys? Prince of Persia had a big star and the support of Ubisoft and that was just as bad as Super Mario the movie.

This looks horrible and you are all dumber than a box of rocks for thinking otherwise. Prepare to be disappointed because there is no way this will be any good.
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1:17PM on 05/12/2016
HAHAHAHA! You sir, are dead right!
HAHAHAHA! You sir, are dead right!
1:37PM on 05/12/2016
You don't know what the hell you're talking about.
You don't know what the hell you're talking about.
2:17PM on 05/12/2016
I guess you thought Macbeth sucked too right?
I guess you thought Macbeth sucked too right?
12:31PM on 05/12/2016
Really? Kanye West? What a piss poor choice of music. Almost ruined the trailer for me. Didn't really have that "wow" factor either but It has a good cast & director so i'll keep my hopes up.
Really? Kanye West? What a piss poor choice of music. Almost ruined the trailer for me. Didn't really have that "wow" factor either but It has a good cast & director so i'll keep my hopes up.
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12:30PM on 05/12/2016
Movie looks great. Christ, what a poor choice in music for the first trailer.
Movie looks great. Christ, what a poor choice in music for the first trailer.
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11:14AM on 05/12/2016
This (hopefully) will begin the age of Video Game adaptations. Just like comic book movies before it, they were all junk junk junk (with exception of superman 78 and Batman 89) but Blade in 98 showed that CBM could be done and taken seriously which led to X-men then Spiderman and the rest is history. I think Assassins Creed has the potential to do what Blade did. Take video game properties and take them seriously.
This (hopefully) will begin the age of Video Game adaptations. Just like comic book movies before it, they were all junk junk junk (with exception of superman 78 and Batman 89) but Blade in 98 showed that CBM could be done and taken seriously which led to X-men then Spiderman and the rest is history. I think Assassins Creed has the potential to do what Blade did. Take video game properties and take them seriously.
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11:13AM on 05/12/2016
I don't think the Kanye Song was awful, the song and the chanting I think fit the trailer really well. It was the KANYE singing at the beginning at the beginning about being a god etc that killed it. If they erased his voice and kept the music, it would be good.
I don't think the Kanye Song was awful, the song and the chanting I think fit the trailer really well. It was the KANYE singing at the beginning at the beginning about being a god etc that killed it. If they erased his voice and kept the music, it would be good.
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11:03AM on 05/12/2016
Looks sick. Could this actually be a good VG adaptation? I fucking hope so!
Looks sick. Could this actually be a good VG adaptation? I fucking hope so!
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10:45AM on 05/12/2016
PLEASE DON'T SUCK. PLEASE DON'T SUCK. PLEASE DON'T SUCK. PLEASE DON'T SUCK.
PLEASE DON'T SUCK. PLEASE DON'T SUCK. PLEASE DON'T SUCK. PLEASE DON'T SUCK.
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10:42AM on 05/12/2016

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10:41AM on 05/12/2016

Definitely not the right song

The trailer works on so many levels, but the song doesn't match the talent behind it. I can tell this was probably a studio's idea to appear hip and current for the younger crowd, but wth, Kanye and Assassin's Creed don't mix well.
The trailer works on so many levels, but the song doesn't match the talent behind it. I can tell this was probably a studio's idea to appear hip and current for the younger crowd, but wth, Kanye and Assassin's Creed don't mix well.
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10:30AM on 05/12/2016
Looks great indeed, but I will be joining the 'Kanye West is a bad music choice for the trailer' bandwagon. Really hope this film delivers and sets the bar for video game adaptations. Seems like a very difficult thing to get right.

Looks great indeed, but I will be joining the 'Kanye West is a bad music choice for the trailer' bandwagon. Really hope this film delivers and sets the bar for video game adaptations. Seems like a very difficult thing to get right.

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9:05AM on 05/12/2016
Movie looks good. Not sure if I'm digging the music choices. I feel like a movie like this should have had a composer to score the film, but that's just me. Other than that nitpick, I'll be checking this out.
Movie looks good. Not sure if I'm digging the music choices. I feel like a movie like this should have had a composer to score the film, but that's just me. Other than that nitpick, I'll be checking this out.
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9:01AM on 05/12/2016
Movie looks good, but seriously!!! Kanye West song in the trailer really made it look bad. Whoever is marketing this needs to fire their sound department.
Movie looks good, but seriously!!! Kanye West song in the trailer really made it look bad. Whoever is marketing this needs to fire their sound department.
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9:00AM on 05/12/2016
The old strapped to a table filmed looking in from outside shot.
One thing we should know by now, making a movie looks like a tv commercial is one thing, but making a tv commercial of a film made to look like a tv commercial is beyond meta.
The old strapped to a table filmed looking in from outside shot.
One thing we should know by now, making a movie looks like a tv commercial is one thing, but making a tv commercial of a film made to look like a tv commercial is beyond meta.
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8:38AM on 05/12/2016

I am still excited...

But that trailer did nothing for me. I was expecting more. Visually, the flashback scenes just look like the Prince of Persia to me. So much CGI, none of it looked good.
But that trailer did nothing for me. I was expecting more. Visually, the flashback scenes just look like the Prince of Persia to me. So much CGI, none of it looked good.
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8:24AM on 05/12/2016
Looked like a hastily put together trailer. Re-used clips with rap music...ugh.
Otherwise, I will definitely be checking this out.
Looked like a hastily put together trailer. Re-used clips with rap music...ugh.
Otherwise, I will definitely be checking this out.
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8:32AM on 05/12/2016
Re-used clips? Where have you seen those clips before?
Re-used clips? Where have you seen those clips before?
7:50AM on 05/12/2016
Another great trailer ruined by rap music. Hollywood needs to stop putting modern songs in movie trailers. They are always so out of place.
Another great trailer ruined by rap music. Hollywood needs to stop putting modern songs in movie trailers. They are always so out of place.
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7:48AM on 05/12/2016
Kinda reminds me of the Filter song in X-Men Apocalypse, just feels so out of place. Other than that, looks really good.
Kinda reminds me of the Filter song in X-Men Apocalypse, just feels so out of place. Other than that, looks really good.
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7:13AM on 05/12/2016
Looks Fasstastic.
Looks Fasstastic.
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5:44AM on 05/12/2016
I hope they do a more known assassin creed down the line. Ezio or Altair would be a blast.
I hope they do a more known assassin creed down the line. Ezio or Altair would be a blast.
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5:15AM on 05/12/2016
Nice trailer, apart from the music. Gives me more hope!!
Nice trailer, apart from the music. Gives me more hope!!
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4:07AM on 05/12/2016

Looks stunning

I expected great visuals after Macbeth and the trailer is really beautiful! Fassbender is awesome and I hope this will be a truly great game adaption.
But hopefully Kanye doesn't make it into the final film....horrible choice, took me out of the trailer.
I expected great visuals after Macbeth and the trailer is really beautiful! Fassbender is awesome and I hope this will be a truly great game adaption.
But hopefully Kanye doesn't make it into the final film....horrible choice, took me out of the trailer.
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4:45AM on 05/12/2016
Oh its a West song.Wondered who it was.He needs the cash.
Oh its a West song.Wondered who it was.He needs the cash.
5:46AM on 05/12/2016
Agreed, I hate it when they use totally inappropriate music in trailers. The recent Warcraft trailer was all wrong with the music as well.
Agreed, I hate it when they use totally inappropriate music in trailers. The recent Warcraft trailer was all wrong with the music as well.
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