Assassin's Creed: Lineage (2009)

Assassin's Creed: Lineage (2009)
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  • Genre: Action
  • Release year: 2009 ()
  • Running time: 36 min
  • Original Title: Assassin's Creed: Lineage
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The story is a prequel to the video game Assassin's Creed II. It centers around the father of the game's main character, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Giovanni is an assassin living during the Renaissance in 15th century Italy. At this dawn of a new era, a conspiracy is being plotted by one corrupt family to overthrow the powerful Medici family and destroy a unified Italy. As an assassin, Giovanni must face this threat and bring justice. The story introduces the situation before Assassin's Creed II, and the enemies of both characters.

1Romano OrzariGiovanni Auditore
2Manuel TadrosRodrigo Borgia
3Jesse RathFederico Auditore
4Devon BostickEzio Auditore
5Alex IvanoviciLorenzo Medici
6Michel PerronUberto Alberti
7Arthur GrosserPope Sixtus IV
8Peter MillerGalleazzo Maria Sforza
9Frank FontaineMarco Barbarigo
  • interesting and cool by 9

    It's a video made very well. At first i didn't know why they even bother to make this but after i seen it i understand the link between the first Assassin's Creed game and the new one (will be released soon, 09.03.2010 on the PC)

    The atmosphere is surprisingly even better than in the game. The actors are fitting the role perfectly and the music is great. Search on IMDb, the main actor is really the one who gives life for the main character in the game. And the role made by him in the movie is flawless. If you're a fan of the game, you must see it.

    Overall, the best short movie of the year.

  • Renaissance of film-making? by 8

    ...probably not, but what a spectacle!

    You don't have to play the games to appreciate these short films. The era of the Renaissance is brought back to life in this short but thrilling adventure.

    The CGI environment is extremely detailed and vivid. Three major Renaissance cities are shown, Florence, Venice and Rome. Florence, the era's birthplace, is the city with the tradition to cultivate art, science and architecture. Rich families are running the town, one of the most successful is the Medici. These families build representative residential Palazzos and public buildings such as orphanages and churches. Rome which becomes a center of art and science a hundred years after Florence (about the time the short films take place) is dominated by the pope who initiates building and support artists just like the Medici. This background is metaphorically shown by the construction of St. Peter dome. And Venice becoming rich through sea trade, a melting point between Europe and the east (Constantinople is Turkish). The rest of Europe is pretty much stuck in the middle ages.

    The characters look real and are on a same high level as the fantastic CGI environment. The cast is well chosen, the dialogues plausible and primal for the story. You cant complain about the costumes neither, somebody intensely studied the time-frame fashion (except of course Giovanni's stuff which is fictional). The characters look Italian, nobody puts Jake Gyllenhaal into a Persian dress here, promised. Music, camera work and directing are totally fine too.

    The whole thing is basically a synthesis of live-action and CGI and it works extremely well. But it is more than that. The gamer will love this, it will add a lot of background story to the game experience. The historian will be blown away by the details this thing throws at you. I just want to stop the movie for a second and jump in to explore the cityscape (a thing you will actually do in the games). So much happened in the streets of Florence and Rome, the new age is born here.

    Beyond this, it is also a good movie but if you review this as a movie/short films keep in mind where it comes from. It comes from a computer game from which it takes its coolness, its style, its atmosphere and its story. Don't judge this monster with the attitude of a conservative film lover.

    This is probably the best game adaption into film. It just works out. and it also features such a profound confrontation with history and architecture that is very rare I proclaim, yes, totally.

  • Take note, Uwe Boll. by 9

    THIS is what a film based on a video game should be. It was well cast (getting the models/voice actors in some cases was a smart move), well written and directed, visually pleasing (I had no idea that all of the scenery was CGI until I watched the "making of" featurette), and it is highly enjoyable overall. I appreciate how it captured the essence of the video game series and, at times, looked and felt like a cut scene. You can tell that everyone involved understood the source material. While someone doesn't have to be familiar with the series to watch and enjoy it, as it can stand on its own and doesn't contain any major spoilers, fans will especially enjoy it thanks to the numerous nods to the games.

  • Great CG work and Renaissance theme by 8

    One of the best CG work i have come across. The Renaissance theme looks so authentic. The dress/clothing/props used in the films make it seem so real. The 1500's view of Rome is a treat to the eyes.

    Actors are well cast. They feel very Italian keeping to the story.

    The action seems OK ,i think the one in game will be better.

    The story of intrigue is good and leaves a lot to questions. To know the rest we need to play the game and i really hate that part as i do want to know what happens to the characters.

    This is how a game promos should be made. Makes one want to get the game. The direction,script,music,research everything is spot on.

    The only reason i am not giving it 10/10 is because the unfinished story.

  • A nice watch by 6

    Watching this was a nice way to go deeper into the lore of assassin's creed but its not perfect and has it's flaws which is why it is a six out of ten