The Review of Assassin’s Creed
As one of the most expected movies this year, Assassin’s Creed will be premiere on Feb. 24, in China. Best of all, I was honored to watch its preview yesterday, to feel that movie we longed for months, and thanks for Ubisoft’s invitation.
I suggest everyone who about to watch it should know the background of the Assassin’s Creed. Otherwise, you will be totally lost in the first watch. So, here’s my recaps for your better understanding. I will present my feedbacks on this article later (no spoiler).
知识补充 | Recaps
刺客信条游戏 | Assassin’s Creed Video Game
Assassin’s Creed is a franchise centered on an action-adventure video-game series developed by Ubisoft. It depicts in the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. Featuring historical fiction and characters, mixed with real-world historical events, and figures.The series took inspiration from the novel Alamut by the Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol while building upon concepts from the Prince of Persia series.
In fact, Ubisoft made the short film or Assassin’s Creed Lineage based on the Assassin’s Creed II video game in 2009. I was an interpreter & movie subtitle maker in YYeTs back then, so it pretty much rang the bell. And now it’s been years since the first movie was released. How’s the movie then?
As a fan of Assassin’s Creed Series, I’ve played almost every series started from I to V. However, the story of the film was not quite follow the game’s storyline, in which happened in the 15th century Spain. And I was pretty expected to hear some of the game characters like Altaïr, Ezio, Connor, which’s not. A little bit bummer for me. We all know assassins got really good skills that the movie did it very well. It offered us amazing action scenarios. Take combat fighting, martial arts, wall running, parkour escaping, etc. They really attracted our eyes, especially the famous “Leap of Faith” that was pretty awesome. As for fan, I really wanted to see more of these actions. Good job on the actions, BTW, I loved it. But, I wanted more!
The Leap of Faith is an acrobatic free-running maneuver in Assassin’s Creed in which the game player performing it dived off of the game’s tallest towers, but walk away unscathed whenever they managed to land in a pile of soft, dependable straw. The move was integral for the members of the Assassin Order and served as a requirement for their initiation for many years, though the practice fell out of use in modern times.
When the main character entered the Animus, it triggered his memories back to the ancient Spain. Followed by the eagle that roaming over the sky, we soon opened a rescue scene where assassins were trying to save someone, which’s reminded me of the game, or Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. After all, due to the limitation of play time, the movie couldn’t tell us more background of the Assassin’s Creed, let alone the story of the Apples of Eden. So, let’s wait for the next movie to be released.
Animus is a virtual reality machine rediscovered, developed, and sold by Abstergo Industries. It allows the user to read a subject’s genetic memory, and project it on to an external screen in three dimensions. The machine was notably used in Abstergo’s Animus Project and the Animi Training Program. The former analyzed the genetic memories of several select subjects, usually to gain information on the Assassin Order or on Apples of Eden, while the latter was used for the training of Abstergo employees.
The Apples of Eden are Pieces of Eden, a type of technology and a powerful weapon made by Isu. Having outlived their creators, the Apples featured prominently, although abstrusely, throughout recorded history as the cause of several ‘divine’ and ‘superhuman’ events; these included the Trojan War, the parting of the Red Sea, or Adam and Eve being cast out of Eden.
Now, let’s turn to the film costumes. They were designed by Sammy Sheldon, a Costume Designer, who’s known for her work on Ant-Man (2015), Ex Machina (2015) and X: First Class (2011). But, I didn’t like the costumes in the movie, which didn’t depict the profile of assassin quite well. I more favored the game designers’ work for they were the first person to really know the game, not only the background as well as its characters. They would change the costume design and weapon outfits to fit the eras they’d love to put them in. Such as it’s style and color would be transformed from simple, delicacy, luxury to fashion as the ages changed from the time of the Third Crusade, Italian Renaissance, American Revolutionary War to the French Revolution, etc.
电影服装 VS 游戏服装 | Film Costume VS Game Costume
I 电影服装 | Costume & Ornaments from the Movie
II 游戏服装 | Costume & Ornaments from the Games
This two pics are from one of my game’s artwork collection, showing the process of clothes and hood transformation. It presents the character’s weapon, the mechanism of the hidden blade. In the early time, assassin had to cut his ring finger to use the hidden blade due to the undeveloped technology, which’s appeared on the movie as well.
I more favor the costume design from Italian Renaissance, which’s outfits are elegant and delicate while the weapons are deadly and beautiful. Check out Ezio, the game character’s belt and waistband, the assassin’s logo really stands out.
It was worth mentioning that I found out a senior fan who dressed in assassin costume with a weapon ornament for the hidden blade on his left arm when I was participated in the preview. In a nutshell, the movie was worth watching as the Warcraft offered us stunning actions, clock-ticking plots. However, it lacked of stories that didn’t capture the games’ essence. And the film rushed to end too fast that just aroused our appetites. I scored it to 8.0 (10 was a full score), which’s 7 for the movie and 1 for the game.
I wanted to tell you guys that there are no Easter eggs. So no need to wait after the end of the movie. You could leave as you finished watching the movie on the premiere, Feb. 24.
Edited & Translated by BubbleSwan
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