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Excellently Produced Film, But It's Not a Stand Alone Story,
This review is from: Assassins Creed: Lineage (DVD)
Originally developed as an online video prequel to the video game ASSASSIN'S CREED II, ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE was released in the fall of 2011 as a promotional tool for the release of the video game ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS. The movie is a short film (about 33 minutes) that attempts to provide some back story to ASSASSIN'S CREED II. This is not an animated film; it is a live action movie. It follows Giovanni Auditore and his assignments and eventual framing that leads to his arrest and capture towards the beginning of ASSASSIN'S CREED II.
The filmmaking for ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE is fantastic. This is not an animated short, but a live action film. It's quite impressive. Most of the actors used are the same actors as they are in the video game and they are just as talented in the flesh as their voices are in the game. As explained in one of the extras on the DVD, the actors, costumes, and a few of the props are real, but everything else was created via green screen. Up to now, there hasn't been a short film like this that has used green screens so seamlessly and effectively. The technology is used so well that the scenes in the movie look as though they were physical locations shot on a studio lot.
The only real issue with ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE is that it was conceived as a marketing tool and not as a full-fledged production (short or otherwise). Therefore, there isn't very much of a story. The story that is there has a pre-determined stopping point. Also, though there is some character development, particular in Giovanni, it's not much. It would be interesting to see what the filmmakers for this production would do if they were given an original, full-length script. Fans of the ASSASSIN'S CREED games won't mind the brevity, but for a casual movie watcher, it's probably not the type of thing they are ever going to sit down and watch.
The DVD also includes a slew of extra features, though most are promotional materials for ASSASSIN'S CREED and ASSASSIN'S CREED II. Some of the extras include the short featurette entitled "Making of Lineage", a short motion-comic entitled ASSASSIN'S CREED: ASCENDANCE that features Cesare Borgia's rise to power; a short feature on the "Making of Ascendance"; a Q &A about the history of ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE and ASSASSIN'S CREED II; a bunch of ASSASSIN'S CREED and ASSASSIN'S CREED II trailers and tidbit, and an ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS trailer.
Overall, though ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE is a finely produce live action short, it's really just a supplement that only those who are fans of the series or those who have a serious interest in filmmaking will enjoy watching and/or owning.