Trailer - 'Assassin's Creed'
The second full-length trailer for this Winter's Assassin's Creed is here:
So far in 2016 we've had four video game-based films, and their performances have been all over the map. First we got Ratchet and Clank, which didn't have a significant budget but bombed anyway making only $9 million here in the U.S. Next we got Angry Birds, which I don't think anyone expected to do well, made almost $350 million off of a $73 million budget. Then there's the most complicated released of perhaps the whole Summer. Yes, I'm talking about Warcraft. Warcraft totally bombed in the states with only $47 million, yet made a ton of cash overseas, bringing its total to an almost redeemable $433 million. That said, I don't think it will be enough to get a sequel, at least not one that costs nearly as much. The last video game release we got was Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy: XV, which had a very limited theatrical run and mainly only exists to build hype for the upcoming game.
Assassin's Creed now has to carry the weight that Warcraft couldn't quite manage, and based off of the trailer, it seems up to the task. My only issue with this trailer is, again, the song choice. I get that it maybe appeals to more people, but it just doesn't mesh with the setting very well. That said, this film looks beautiful and Michael Fassbender looks like he's committed to the role. I'm also comforted by the fact that Justin Kurzel (director), Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard were all involved in the successful Macbeth adaptation a year ago, and are back together for this. Always a good sign of a healthy working relationship.
I guess my only worry about Assassin's Creed is it's release placement. The film is basically facing direct competition from Rogue One, which, let's face it, is going to be an absolute steamroller of a film. Here's hoping it's good and it actually gets a chance to be successful.
Assassin's Creed hits theaters December 21, 2016.