Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Assassin's Creed; Aussie Director Puts Twist on Video Game for Big Screen

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Assassin's Creed; Aussie Director Puts Twist on Video Game for Big Screen

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Assassin's Creed

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Ariane Labed, Brendan Gleeson.

Director: Justin Kurzel

Rating: M

Reviewer's last word: Impressive action sequences and an interesting mythology help this video game adaptation overcome its faults.

Star Profile: Michael Fassbender

Quirky fact: His surname - Fassbender (a variant of Fassbinder) - is the German word for "cooper," a binder or repairer of casks and barrels.

Best known for: X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, Inglourious Basterds.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Warcraft, Avatar, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Quote: "I have a theory that everyone's crazy anyway. And those who think they aren't, are the ones who are even crazier - because they're in denial."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

JUSTIN Kurzel is ready for a passionate reaction from fans to his new film Assassin's Creed.

The Australian director is at the helm of the latest big-screen adaptation of a video game franchise - a growing trend in recent years.

"I think the feedback will be very strong either way," he tells Weekend.

"I feel really excited that the fans are going to see something that's not an appropriation of the game.

"We wanted to make an experience for the fans that was different to how they experience the game; I hope we have."

Michael Fassbender stars as Callum Lynch, a criminal who discovers he is the direct descendant of a master assassin called Aguilar.

The mysterious Knights Templar pulls him from death row, only to imprison him in their own facility where they use a special machine to read his DNA's "memory" in the hopes of finding where Aguilar hid a precious artefact.

It was Fassbender, a co-producer on the film, who suggested Kurzel, with whom he had just worked on the film Macbeth, for the director's chair.

"I was in post-production for Macbeth when Michael approached me and started talking about the idea of genetic memory and the central character learning about who he is through the memories of his ancestors," Kurzel says. …

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