For a movie with such a fantastical concept, the long-awaited video game adaptation, Assassin’s Creed, ultimately plays it safe. Justin Kurzel‘s (Macbeth) film is a gloomy and moody video game adaptation that doesn’t make a man reliving an ancestor’s memories, as he fights in 15th Century Spain, as entertaining as it sounds. When the film was released last December, audiences didn’t take to the world of Assassins and Templars, and the alternate ending likely wouldn’t have changed many of their minds about the movie.
Below, watch the Assassin’s Creed alternate ending (SPOILERS below).
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Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Just because Hollywood has arguably never made a good video game adaptation does not mean they will never make one, and Assassin’s Creed certainly has better pedigree than most. It’s got a promising director (Justin Kurzel, Macbeth) and a prestigious cast more in line with an Oscar-nominated Shakespeare drama than a big-budget blockbuster (including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who starred in Kurzel’s Macbeth). The source material is incredibly popular, and has the kind of look that people describe as “cinematic.” Plus, the early trailers have been full of exciting Spanish Inquisition-era action. So is this it? Is this the movie that finally breaks the video game curse? Well, the first reviews are in, so you can find out what the critics think after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 2016 edition of The Game Awards were held last night (Blizzard’s Overwatch was the big winner, for the record) and 20th Century Fox used this celebration of the best in video games to advertise Assassin’s Creed, their upcoming video game movie adaptation starring Michael Fassbender. This extended clip from the film was preaching to the choir last night, but it’s now arrived online, ready to win the hearts and minds of non-gamers looking for a big movie that will allow them to escape their family for two hours this holiday season.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re two months away from the release of Assassin’s Creed, the latest film that everyone is hoping will finally break the video game movie adaptation curse. A new featurette for the film has arrived, showcasing the film’s focus on practical effects and live stunts and Michael Fassbender stunt doubles doing parkour across ancient cities.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael Fassbender may be able to fly and bend metal as Magneto in the X-Men movies, but he stands to pull off an even more impressive feat in his last film of the year, Assassin’s Creed: convincing audiences that a video game movie can actually be good. Okay, perhaps we’re being a bit unfair — Warcraft definitely had its moments, even if it was kind of a mess overall, and The Angry Birds Movie was a bonafide box office hit — but the fact remains that on the whole, audiences have had very good reason to be skeptical about video game movies for a very long time.
Thankfully, though, this one looks more promising than most. Fassbender’s Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is at the helm, and based on the footage so far it appears he has not lost his eye for beauty. Plus, it’s got an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams. That’s a freakin’ great lineup for any movie. Check out the newest Assassin’s Creed trailer below. Read More »
Warcraft was the most successful video game movie of all time, and a sequel sounds like it may come together despite a disappointing box office performance in the United States. But the video game movie still needs, for lack of a better term, a game changer for the genre. With a director like Justin Kurzel behind the camera and an actor like Michael Fassbender in the lead, Assassin’s Creed could be that movie.
We won’t get to find out until December if Assassin’s Creed will impress audiences, but until then, you can check out an insanely impressive practical stunt from the set featuring a 125-foot jump by Michael Fassbender’s daring stuntman Damien Walters. Watch below! Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
2016 looked like it could be a turning point for video game movies, but so far the results have been severely mixed. The Angry Birds Movie has made good money, but did little to change the minds of people who thought a film based on an iPhone game was a dumb idea. Ratchet & Clank was a flop all around. And Warcraft may have made big money in China, but it opened to poor reviews and dismal box office at home.
Fortunately, the genre will have one more chance to break the curse later this year with Assassin’s Creed. Directed by Justin Kurzel, the fantasy adventure stars Michael Fassbender as a modern-day man who gets roped into an ancient conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. He’s forced to relive the “genetic memories” of his ancestor Aguilar, who lived in 15th century Spain. A new Assassin’s Creed behind-the-scenes trailer shows off some of the cool, crazy stunts in store, along with some talking-head commentary from Fassbender and Kurzel. Watch it below. Read More »
“We don’t want this to be a superhero film; we want it to be a film that embraces what it is to be human,” director Justin Kurzel said from the set of his adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Now, for most video game adaptations or huge tentpole films in general, such a comment would sound too good to be true–but this is coming from the director Snowtown Murders and last year’s Macbeth. Video game adaptations often don’t attract filmmakers of Kurzel’s caliber (although there’s another rare exception this year). He went from making a visceral and visually intoxicating William Shakespeare adaptation, which also starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, to bringing Ubisoft’s dense world to theaters.
Below, read our Assassin’s Creed set visit.
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The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed arrived late last night, so you know what that means – it’s time for a trailer breakdown, where we go through this whole batch of footage frame-by-frame and talk about what we find. I’m approaching this as a casual fan of the video game franchise. I’ve played a few and I’ve enjoyed them. I’m also approaching this as someone who thinks Michael Fassbender and Justin Kurzel making a video game adaptation is just plain fascinating. These are not the kind of people who half-ass their movies. There is no way this is just another lousy video game movie…right?
Anyway, let’s climb a tall tower and dive into this trailer…
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It’s about time somebody made a genuinely good movie based on a video game, so why not Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel? And if there’s going to be a good movie based on a video game, why not the Assassin’s Creed series, which has had its fair share of fantastic entries? This whole movie feels like a series of why not‘s – it’s about time for somebody to break the video game movie mold.
The first Assassin’s Creed trailer has arrived, so we should probably watch it and carefully examine its mold-breaking capabilities. After all, few video game adaptations have featured a pedigree quite like this.
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