The Assassin’s Creed movie promises an action-packed journey, but will it?

Published: December 10, 2016
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Almost everyone plays video games these days. If you look around, you’ll notice how millions of people immerse themselves into the world of virtual reality every day. These games are critically acclaimed universally, and witness millions in sales, sometimes, on the first day of their release alone.

Many film studios have tried to adapt video games into big screen movies, unfortunately, only a handful have been able to hit the jackpot and almost none have pleased critics. Movies like Mario BrothersMortal KombatStreet FighterHitmanAlone in the DarkMax PayneWarcraftPrince of Persia, and Doom along with the Resident Evil series and the Tomb Raider series are considered disappointments on a whole. Neither the critics’ nor the audience were pleased. The Resident Evil series is the only one that has turned a real profit for its producers.

This curse on video-game-based movies has been innate in Hollywood for a long time – here’s hoping the curse will be lifted with the upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed this December.

This widely popular action-adventure video game series has received worldwide critical acclaim and has sold over 93 million copies. The game revolves around the centuries old rivalry between the Assassins, the Templars, and Desmond Miles, a descendant of the Assassins, who gets to experience the memories of his ancestors through a device called Animus.

The movie will have a similar premise, but will differ in storyline and characters. Hopefully this will help attract even those who haven’t played the game.

The movie stars the extremely talented Michael Fassbender (X-Men seriesSteve JobsPrometheus), Marion Cotillard (InceptionThe Dark Knight Rises) and Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with a VengeanceBatman v Superman). I think it’s safe to say that since this movie has such an exceptional cast, it won’t disappoint and hopefully this will be the movie to finally break the curse.

The first and second trailer revealed some interesting aspects of the film. It features some breath-taking stunts, visual effects, as well as the Spanish Inquisition. I don’t think any video-game movie trailer has gotten as much attention as the Assassin’s Creed trailer has.

Everyone who has played the video game is aware of the fact that the present day storyline of the series has always been a weak point. The movie aims to solve this through character development and an interesting plot. Moreover, the film features a more detailed version of the Animus that has never been seen before.

One of the biggest advantages that this film has over other video-game based movies is the involvement of Ubisoft itself. Ubisoft is the company that has developed the games and played a key role in the production of the movie to ensure that they include all the positive aspects of the game and improve the instances where it is lacking.

I’m a firm believer in the notion that the Assassin’s Creed movie will do the unthinkable and win over its audience and critics. There are high chances that this film can lay the foundation for more character driven and content rich video-game-based movies.

Will the Assassin’s Creed movie break the video game movie curse?

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Sahir Palijo

Sahir Palijo

The author is an undergrad pursuing a degree of Business Administration. He loves to write his thoughts and is a movie freak. He tweets at @The_Sahir (twitter.com/the_sahir)

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  • Sameer

    Being a gamer and Assassins’ Creed freak, i have played all the games of the franchise and waited for the movie. Nonetheless, it was a great movie but the storyline of the first three games were far appealing.Recommend