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Assassin's Creed Praised by Fans for Remaining Faithful to Game

By Brian Gallagher — December 15th, 2016

While fans have to wait until December 21 for Assassin's Creed to hit theaters, the stars gathered for the world premiere in New York City earlier this week. A number of die-hard fans of the original video game series were in attendance, and while we'll have to wait for full reviews to come out, it seems these fans were quite pleased with the film. We have a number of early social media reactions from the New York premiere that happened on Wednesday, which you can see below.

These reactions came from a number of different Twitter users offering plenty of praise for this video game adaptation. Many singled out the iconic "leap of faith" as a high point for the movie, which was an iconic part of the original game. We reported back in August that this jump, performed by stuntman Damien Walters, broke a world record for the highest free fall jump at 125 feet, the highest in 35 years. Other Twitter users revealed that Damien Walters was actually on hand for the premiere, where he performed a 90-foot free fall jump into a large mat for the fans gathered at the premiere.

While most of these fans wouldn't give too many specifics, one Twitter user dubbed "Tasukigirl Cosplay" claimed that the movie, "gets so many things right," while adding that she has to watch it again soon. Although this is still a small sampling of the original game's fan base, it seems safe to presume that most fans of the video game series will enjoy this movie. The big question is, will those who are just fans of Michael Fassbender or Marion Cotillard come out for this movie? We won't know for sure until next week, but it already has a chance to break a 15-year-old box office record.

Earlier this year, Warcraft became the highest-grossing video game movie at the worldwide box office with $433.5 million. However, since it flopped at the domestic box office with just $47.2 million, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider still holds the domestic box office record for video game adaptations, with $131.2 million, with this year's The Angry Birds Movie the only other video game movie to crack $100 million domestically, with $107.5 million. Assassin's Creed could very well break this 15-year record, but Ubisoft's European chief Alain Corre revealed earlier this year that the movie doesn't necessarily need to be a box office hit, with the movie's purpose simply to introduce the property to more people.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Assassin's Creed stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, with a supporting cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael K. Williams, Callum Turner, Ariane Labed, Brian Gleeson, Matias Padin and Denis Menochet. Justin Kurzel, who directed both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Hamlet, directs from a script by Scott Frank, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Leslie. Take a look at the tweets from the world premiere of Assassin's Creed, to get ready for the December 21 debut.

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