“We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins”
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organisation in the present day. Assassin’s Creed stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years A Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose).
Fassbender and Cotillard once again reunite with their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for this adaptation of the hit computer game. Kurzel succeeded in bringing a fresh and gorgeous looking Macbeth to the screen for audiences to enjoy. His take on Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy was ambitious and brutal with some of the greatest action sequences we have seen. Film adaptations of computer games have experienced a rather tricky ride at the cinema, so when we heard that Kurzel was to helm Assassin’s Creed we were excited. Here is a director not frightened to confront a cinematic challenge with gusto.
The star of the film, Michael Fassbender was in a confident mood when speaking to The Wall Street Journal saying, “I think we’ve got something special. I think we’ve done something original in this genre.”
To add to Fassbender’s workload he is also producing the film under the banner of his DMC production company and our friends at 20th Century Fox and to help him he has brought on an impressive roster of producers, including the legendary Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bourne) and also Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the gaming studio that created the Assassin's Creed for the gaming market.
Baronnet certainly has his sights set on some cinematic greats as influences for the film stating, "we have an enormous brand and we want to make a film modelled on films like Batman Begins or Blade Runner"
Visually it would appear that these ideals are being met. The second trailer landed in October and placed more emphasis on the modern day action and the unpredictable and violent nature of Michael Fassbender's career criminal.
With a rich catalogue of games to draw upon there is plenty to dive into in terms of the story. However it is worth remembering that this is an adaptation for film so what Kurzel, Fassbender and team will actually end up using remains to be seen.
Bringing a sense of authenticity to the production, the decision was made to shoot the actual Spanish historical scenes in Spanish. Kurzel explained to Total Film, “We did play around with English as well, but it was really obvious what you wanted as soon as you went back and started speaking beautiful Spanish. It really adds an exoticness and richness to the film.”
To add to the heavyweight credentials of Fassbender and Cottilard, Assassin’s Creed also has a stellar supporting cast including Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael K. Williams and Khalid Abdalla.
Assassin’s Creed is at Showcase Cinemas from 1 January 2017