When Callum Lynch arrives at the Abstergo facility in in the opening scenes of Justin Kurzel’s ASSASSIN’S CREED movie, he’s introduced to a world he didn’t know existed. The Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order have been at war for as long as history can remember, each group with their own ideals and beliefs for how mankind can reach its greatest potential and trying to trace artefacts of a precursor civilisation that was wiped out before the first humans walked the Earth. Through the Animus, the Templars hope to tap into genetic memories, sending individuals back through history to relive the experiences of their ancestors.
Of all of the Assassin’s physical skills, learnt through years of training and focussing on Freerunning, a type of movement only revealed publicly in the 1980s, the Leap of Faith is perhaps their greatest feat. It allows them to escape from danger and navigate the verticality of a life lived on rooftops. Demonstrating their adherence to their core beliefs that an Assassin’s life was worth only as much as it served the Brotherhood, the Leap of Faith was the final test for initiate Assassins before they could take their oaths to the Brotherhood.
Assassin’s Creed stars Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard. Opens in theatres on 22 Dec 2016.
text: Joe Utichi