Assassin’s Creed Movie Trailer Takes A Flying Leap

Would I want to watch a movie about Michael Fassbender’s chiselled, time travelling jaw? Yes. Would I want to watch an Assassin’s Creed movie? Slightly less so. But this first trailer goes some way to convincing me that even if the plot turns out to be about Desmond, there’ll be enough leaping about and kicking to make it worthwhile watching on Channel 5 in four years time. Come see.

I don’t know a great deal of Assassin’s Creed lore, but the film was rumoured to be a prequel to Assassin’s Creed 2, with Fassbender playing Ezio’s asssassin dad. I don’t know why it would be set in Spain if that’s true, however. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel, who was also responsible for Fassbender’s Macbeth, and the script is by the folks who came up for the story (but not the screenplay) for the Brett Ratner movie Tower Heist.

Which I enjoyed.

In this era of cinematic universes, Assassin’s Creed seems almost perfect for the business side of making movies. It’s a tentpole adventure flick that can be set in any time period and even change lead actors without necessarily throwing out all sense of continuity. I understand why a studio would take a punt on another Ubisoft game translation, in other wards, since 2010’s execrable Prince of Persia. Fassbender seems better suited to the role of a wrist-blade wielding murderer than Jake Gyllenhaal did a Persian prince, at least.

The film’s out December 21st. Going to see it?


  1. televizor says:

    Have to say, wasn’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition

  2. iainl says:

    I’ve still not seen their attempt on The Scottish Play, on account of it being my favourite of all Shakespeare’s works. It’s entirely possible I’ll love it, but I’m also quite likely to take great offence and declare it an abomination; what I’ve read suggests it rather sidelines Cotillard. Lady M’s downfall as she comes to realise the full horror of the monster she unleashed when talking her husband into one act of criminal selfishness is essentially the Coens’ entire career in archetypal form.

    • patrickpeppers says:

      By “The Scottish Play” I assume you mean Macbeth.

    • manny says:

      This isn’t directed by the Coen brothers but by an Australian director, responsible for Macbeth and Snowtown, the latter probably the most realistic and brutal film about a serial killer ever made. So probably this film will be ‘realistic’ as if this technology and these secret society groups existed in real life.

  3. Goodtwist says:

    AssCreed: The Movie. The new level of campiness.

    They should’ve given Uwe Boll the director seat.

  4. jj2112 says:

    I don’t think he’ll be playing Ezio’s dad if it’s set in Spain. And if I remember correctly Ezio’s dad was executed in AC2.

  5. Anthile says:

    He better spent most of the movie collecting random objects and then wraps up the main plot in the last ten minutes.

  6. Banks says:

    AssCreed, Kanye West and Instagram filters…


    • ran93r says:

      The footage looked great in my opinion but they sure did a great job of buggering up the trailer with YEEZUS.
      Ubi in the past have used some great music for the game trailers, why they had to shoehorn in that douche is anyone’s guess.

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        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        Don’t Ubisoft understand that an musician’s talent is determined by what they say on Twitter?

  7. klops says:

    Scar over your brow and eye is so yesterday. Today it’s a tattoo over your brow and eye.

  8. Marblecake says:

    What’s up with game adaptions and the shitty music selection for their trailers? First Warcraft, now AssCreed…

  9. Aitrus says:

    I might have to watch it just to stare at all that beautiful costume porn.

  10. Sinjun says:

    This looks way worse than I was expecting with the director, cinematographer, and stars involved. The shots themselves look pretty nice, but the color grading is horrendously overdone, there’s pointless fanservice, the abstergo plot has always been dumb as hell, and the music choice was also really bad. Trailers can often times mean fuck all, but this doesn’t make a good first impression.

    • KillahMate says:

      Yeah, I’m hoping this is quickly thrown together color grading for the trailer. I can understand them going for a baroque look, but that doesn’t mean the actual picture should have to be that dark.

      • Sinjun says:

        Yeah, way too dark and brown. It’s like they spent an hour on it, slapped on some shitty presets without realizing it’s fucked, and put it online.

  11. c-Row says:

    Speak for yourself – I actually enjoyed Prince Of Persia.

    • Deakul says:

      Sorry to hear that.

      • ElkiLG says:

        Why? Isn’t it better when you enjoy a movie? I’d like to enjoy every movie I’ve ever seen, I’d feel sorry for everyone else then.

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    • OscarWilde1854 says:

      Would I want to see a sequel? No. But for a one off movie, I thought it was wonderful. Honestly, the problem with video game movies is people’s expectations. It’s like adaptations of books. Often times, NOT reading the book makes the movie better because you’re less frustrated. I think game movies are similar. I’ve played all the PoP games, but if you think about the movie as standalone and don’t compare it to a game, it was a pretty good action movie on it’s own!

  12. Rao Dao Zao says:

    Is it just me, or does that trailer include a load of Godzilla roars? I kept expecting him to burst out of a building somewhere.

    Also, Prince of Persia is a good film. Daft, but the good daft. Leave Jake Gyllenhaal aloooone. ;_;

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Prince of Persia wasn’t great, but it was mostly enjoyable and Jake Gyllenhaal was good. Don’t go all Donnie Snarko on him.

    • Turkey says:

      The only thing I remember from that movie is “Nice knife!”

  13. Unsheep says:

    I at least hope they can make more sense of the overarching plot than the games did. It never made any sense to me in the games.

  14. Kefren says:

    Trailer overuses cliche bass boom? Check.
    Trailer overuses ciche 3-point landing? Check.

  15. thekelvingreen says:

    I enjoyed Tower Heist too. I’d never heard of it before it popped up on — I think — Film 4 in the middle of the day, and the description — Ben Stiller in a comedy heist caper — didn’t fill me with confidence, but it turned out that the description wasn’t accurate and the film was good enough to catch my interest for the whole running time. I was shocked to discover afterwards that it had been directed by Brett Ratner.

    Anyway, not enough pirates in this trailer for my liking.

  16. Wormerine says:

    I won’t be seeing it unless reviews will be very positive. While I was expecting movie adaptation of “Sands if Time” to work fairly well (which it didn’t,) I have a hard time to be excited about film based on a series of games I always thought were rather daft (boring characters, really disliked the Animus thing.) But hey maybe in a weird way it will come around. We got a bad movie from a good game, maybe we will get a good movie from a “bad” game.

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    Qazinsky says:

    I don’t know, I am a bit weak for cool fighting and neat costumes. The times I’ve tried out Assassins creed games, I usually get bored of them after a few hours, maybe they work better in a 2 hour movie format?

  18. Zenicetus says:

    Ugh… the worst thing about it is that they’re focusing on the Animus idea, which isn’t NECESSARY to tell these stories. And just when the latest game (Syndicate) had managed to push it so far into the background that you could ignore it. Just a few short cut scenes.

    I hope to God the next AC game ignores the movie and keeps the sci-fi premise in the background. Or does away with it entirely, which looked like the direction they were headed with Syndicate.

  19. Turkey says:

    Ah, yes. Set the Animus to year: Spanish Inquisition AD.

  20. Whiskey Jak says:

    The action looks good but the music choice by Fox is a weird one.

    I don’t care about the Animus thingy, but I hope it won’t be DarkGrim McSerious the whole time as these movies work best when they lighten up a little.

  21. unraveler says:

    Here, much better

    • Shinard says:

      Wow, that improves it by way more than I was expecting. I mean, obviously the music’s not perfect, but wow. I would see that movie, the one that has the confidence to take an intriguing sci-fi premise and make it an intelligent, stylish summer blockbuster. Not so much the first one, the movie which is based on a videogame and wants everyone to know it’s based on a videogame and it’s a cool videogame so it needs cool music that’s listened to by the type of people who play videogames. Because, you see, videogame.

      • Shinard says:

        Well, that’s a bit harsh (and again I pray for an edit function). The underlying beat is pretty nice, slightly unsettling, the gradual build with the action works. But, my God, the sudden rapping is so jarring! It doesn’t fit with the rest of the trailer in the slightest.

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          particlese says:

          Woah yeah, that was unexpectedly better… I agree with you on all counts.

          As for the edit button, I’ve half given up, half grown to appreciate its absence, and have begun thinking they should just relabel the “reply” button as “edit” (or better yet: “addend”) when it’s on a post of your own.

    • KreissV says:

      That improves the atmosphere and underlying tone of the trailer so much more than stupid jarring off-beat rap that was included with the official one. I have nothing against Kanye, but there is a place and time for that, and it is not in an intellectual pseudo-sci-fi history story. NOW the trailer is sending real chills down my spine!

    • theBruce says:

      Much better,thank you. Rap may have its place(not convinced) but it certainly isn’t in an Assassins Creed trailer.

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    particlese says:

    That trailer sure doesn’t make me want to go see the full thing in the cinema, but it does make me want to watch the District 13 movies and Equilibrium again. Hooray for home video and rainy weekends!