Shying away from the typically ominous tone of most Assassin’s Creed trailers (both for the video games and the film), the second trailer for Fox’s Assassin’s Creed movie puts emphasis on the peculiar and the extreme. The trailer quickly establishes the fundamentals; Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a weird prisoner who is used as a test subject by the government to tap into memories of his ancestors, and he probably isn’t completely fine with that. No doubt, with the basic premise and the presentation of the film’s adventure, the trailer will draw comparisons to the latter half of the marketing of Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, and that’s understandable. I myself was almost anticipating Fassbender to say “We’re Assassins. It’s what we do,” at the end of the trailer.
The reluctance to expound on any of the characters indicates, at least to me, that the film will follow the standard Assassin’s Creed protagonist storyline. This new trailer only really gives audiences a better grasp of what the conflict is and how it works, but that’s before it goes back to what has been the driving force of the marketing so far – the stunts and visuals. The trailers confirm that the film will be visually arresting, and not even just in the Spanish Inquisition settings. The Present day setting looks just as stunning and alive as the Past setting, and that’s refreshing and rousing. As a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, I’m pretty excited to just witness a familiar story told in a different medium. I can’t fault them for emphasizing the stunts and set pieces. They’re Assassins. It’s what they do.
Assassin’s Creed will see theatrical release in the US on December 21, 2016.
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