I’m a pretty big Assassin’s Creed fan but the series has left me a little jaded, Black Flag won me back, Unity made me flee and Syndicate welcomed me back in a loving embrace. I’ve known this movie was coming for a long time, including the casting of Michael Fassbender, who also produced the film, and I have been eagerly awaiting the day the trailer released. As a result I have some things to say!
First off, this is a new character and setting that is set in the same universe as the video games. Although some things don’t quite line up but I’m looking forward to the explanation in the movie or next Assassin’s Creed game. Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, he is supposed to be executed for a crime (I believe murder but I can’t find the interview where they stated this) however because Callum has genetic memories that Abstergo want, they intervene and fake his death.
This is now the biggest depature from the game. Callum is in Abstergo and the Animus looks straight out of The Matrix, it’s this weird metal arm that lifts Fassbender up and that’s how he enters the past through his genetic memories. In the games the Animus was a bed, to put it bluntly, this could be Hollywood over cgi-ing everything or there could be a plot reason, I’m hoping for a plot reason. Maybe a new or old version of the Animus? Maybe a special version of it?
It’s worth noting that they actually put some Hidden Blades on Callum before he is hoisted into the air, maybe they allow Callum’s body to play out the movements in Historical Setting to help him train to be an assassin in the modern day? More on that in a bit.
Now we get to the reason the fans love Assassin’s Creed, the historical setting. Callum has entered the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and is now experiencing the secret of the Assassins vs Templars in 15th Century Spain. If you haven’t played the games, this war is worldwide and has been happening for a very long time. It’s still happening in modern times and that’s why Abstergo want Callum.
We see some fighting which all looks really cool as well as a badass female assassin. Here’s something I rarely see people bring up but I find it hilarious. Assassin’s Creed is all about genetic memory but that memory stops when a child is conceived obviously because if that child is the ancestor then the memories of those who came before who lived after the birth can’t be passed down. In other words every Assassin we see in the historical settings, their story must end with them banging someone “Oh cool Aguilar is having sex, WTF why am I a baby now?”
In the trailer we also start to see the Callum taking advantage of Aguilar’s memories by using them in the modern day parts. In the games Desmond (main character in the games) used the memories of his ancestors to train as an assassin. As I said earlier Callum being hoisted into the air might be a new method of training, that idea is fantastic and brilliant and I love it.
At the end we see the infamous Leap of Faith… Infamous? Because the assassin’s always jump into an incredibly small pile of hay from the tallest buildings. I doubt the movie will make a mistake as silly as that.
Into spoiler territory, heavy territory. I’ve played the games, I know the expected twists, if you want to remain unspoilt do not proceed.
Abstergo, the guys who have Callum are bad guys. They are the modern day Templars. There’s a good chance the fight that quickly flashes in the trailer that’s in modern day might be some sort of escape attempt by Callum or rescue attempt from other assassin’s.
Abstergo want to use the memories of assassins for bad stuff and to track down pieces of eden which are pieces of ancient technology.
It gets convoluted and the movie will probably address this in a simpler manner but Abstergo wanted to control the world using the pieces of eden because they have the ability to control humans, think of it as a New World Order. There was also an apocalypse set for December 21st 2012, but the characters of the game stopped it at the cost of an ancient being being released who wanted to exact vengeance upon the world.
Like I said confusing and as someone that got bored of AC3 and had to push through it and skipped Unity. It gets even more confusing.
It’ll be interesting to see how the movie tackles this plot, there’s a good chance they just keep it focused on Templars vs Assassins.