The Assassin’s Creed movie looks good but the trailer looks bad
The second trailer for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film is here, and it’s something of a mixed blessing.
The trailer is cut with plenty of neat looking action. It features Michael Fassbender in his Nazi-hunting-Magneto mold, there is some killer parkour, and it shows a general outline of the plot. It also feels like a video game, which in this case it probably a good thing. You may crave realism in theory, but a realistic movie about a group of assassins – covered in blood and murdering their way across Spain – would probably be less fun than you think.
With that said, it’s still a bad trailer.
The clip basically reveals everything that happens with Callum Lynch (Fassbender). We already knew from the first trailer (and other sources) that the story begins in the modern times (or near-future), and it focuses on Lynch, whose ancestral connection to the assassins’ order may reveal a secret. Fans of the games can also easily infer that the group that fakes Lynch’s death and snatches him away is the Templars masquerading as the Abstergo Corporation.
The new trailer also confirms what was hinted at in the previous trailer – there are a lot of people like Lynch also being held. The new trailer seems to confirm that all of the test subjects gain their ancestral assassin-y abilities and lead a revolt. That’s not really all that surprising, but it does cover pretty much the whole plot of the modern day setting, with the exception of the conclusion.
The trailer also shows even more unbelievable action scenes, which make it look even more like a video game than before. That’s a good and a bad thing, but we should all reserve judgment until seeing it. The studio also released a slick new poster, which you can see on the right.
The one thing that really stands out though, the thing that suggests the trailer was cut by an independent studio that doesn’t have much concept of the franchise and was just tossed a bunch of footage, is the music. The terrible, terrible music.
To be fair, it is slightly better than the first trailer, which featured a Kanye West track that was awful. The song itself may be fine, but it was annoying and grating cut with the action. The new music is generic pop/rock. It’s inoffensive and forgettable. It isn’t a lot better, but it doesn’t detract from the action as much as the first one did. it’s still bad though.
It’s weird that they can’t get this right. The trailers for the game were typically memorable and offered music that fit. If you want to see exactly what I mean, check out this cinematic trailer for 2011’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations, featuring the song “Iron” from Woodkid.
Beyond the music, the trailer is just well paced. It has the right amount of danger to it. It The trailer features the well-established character of Ezio Auditore, but it made fans feel like this game might see the death of the main character. It also told you all you needed to know – Ezio faces the Templars and things are grim.
Beyond that, it’s also just cool looking. The movie trailer is not. It’s not bad, but it seems to exist more to explain to the audience what’s going on rather than excite them.
Check out the new trailer below, then look for Assassin’s Creed the movie in theaters on December 21, 2016.