Assassin’s Creed and 20th Century Fox are desperately hoping to break the alarming trend of filth in the videogame genre of film. Let’s face some depressing facts, there has never actually been a good videogame to film adaptation. Sure, Mortal Combat was fun, but I don’t think it’s blasphemous to say that it wasn’t exactly The Shawshank Redemption. The early trailers for this film have all looked promising, save for the Kanye West track over the 1st trailer. With the release just a few weeks away, Fox has dropped the first scene clip for the movie, which introduces us to the “Animus” or portal to the past.

Check out the clip here!

Little back story for those that may be very confused by this clip out of context. The film follows Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) a death row inmate who is recruited for his past, to enter this Animus and retrieve an ancient artifact. This is not a direct adaptation of the original Assassin’s Creed game, but more of a loose representation conceptually. The clip looks pretty cool, but cinematography was never really going to be the concern, depth and pacing are where the concerns all lie.

Here is the official synopsis for the film:

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.

The cast is fantastic and director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) is a talented up and comer, but the lack of track record for game adaptations breed inherent cautionary optimism. This could be the best movie of the year, or it could be another Warcraft, only time will tell.

The film also stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Michael K. Williams, and Brendan Gleeson. Assassin’s Creed opens in theaters on December 21st.