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Movie adaptions of video games haven't had the best of records. In light of this, Ubisoft set forth to change the current struggles with a massive big-budget adaptation of Assassin's Creed. One that boasted a high-profile cast and a critically acclaimed director.
Unfortunately for Ubisoft and their hopes for the big screen, the movie was met with poor reviews and disappointing box office totals. In light of the shortcomings, Michael Fassbender, the movie's poster child, has come out to speak about what went wrong with the movie.
"For sure, it wasn’t ideal. I think we missed an opportunity there a little bit. So we’ll wait and see what Ubisoft are coming up with. But right now I don’t know. I would make it more entertaining, that’s really the main note."
There's no doubt that the film took itself seriously. Unlike the games, the film felt convoluted by its underlying plot issues. It was marred by three prologues, a secondary back-story, and even an inability to properly translate the tales told by the games.
Unlike the games, the protagonist was a convicted murderer, one who was on the verge of being executed before being handed over to Abstergo. In the games, the characters were ordinary people that were stuck in anything but ordinary predicaments. However, Ubisoft and the writers threw this to one side, working on something entirely new, which unfortunately doesn't work in favor of the film.
Even Fassbender points this out during the interview, stating his disgruntlement with the film's opening.
"The feeling of the film, I think it took itself too seriously and I would get to the action a lot quicker. I think there’s three beginnings of the film, which is a mistake."
What's more frustrating about the approach taken to emotionally draw viewers in. It doesn't work due to the fact that Fassbender's character is a convicted murderer. This approach left little to no sympathy in comparison to what players found in Desmond Miles or those who followed in his steps as animus users.
Sadly, the movie didn't explore the addictive nature of what Abstergo has to offer nor does it seem to explore the intricacies of the age-old battle between Assassins and Templars.
Luckily for us, we have Assassin's Creed Origins arriving on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year. Meanwhile, check out the interview about Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender: