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The first trailer for the long awaited [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) has arrived online and sees Academy Award Nominee Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, a man who Abstergo are going to use in the Animus, a machine which allows its user to transport back through their ancestral memories into the past.

Video game movies have never been good, so the initial announcement of Assassin's Creed garnered very little excitement from me. But then the creative team was announced. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) was set to star and produce, this is where I started to get interested. I think Fassbender is one of the finest actors working today, if you need reassurance, go and watch Steve Jobs from 2015, he's a world class talent. He's starring alongside Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard (Inception) who I believe is incapable of giving a bad performance and Fox picked a solid director. Justin Kurzel who directed last year's Macbeth, which starred Fassbender and Cotillard, was an inspired choice. Perhaps Macbeth didn't fully deliver on a story level but everything when it came to visuals and performances was a home run. So how does Assassin's Creed actually look?

I must say, I'm pretty impressed so far. Straight away the film looks stunning, the beautiful landscape shots and incredible battle scenes look very similar to Kurzel's Macbeth, which really should have been nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars, the same cinematographer from that film is working on this film. It's obvious to see that the film is going in a much more science fiction direction than the games ever did, instead of our main character simply lying down in the Animus, this is a hi-tech virtual reality type simulation with Callum hooked up to a huge robotic arm.

We heard a while ago that the film's action has taken a lot of inspiration from The Matrix, and that's obvious to see, there's a lot of slow motion and parkour at play and it looks fantastic. And of course the trailer ends with the iconic leap of faith from the games.

I'm pretty impressed so far with Assassin's Creed, the visuals look incredible, the action looks fun and the creative team working on the film is an impressive one.

Assassin's Creed is slated for release December 21st 2016.


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