Watch ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Explain the Animus

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If you have no idea what the Animus is, “Assassin’s Creed” stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard have got you covered.

In a new featurette released Wednesday by 20th Century Fox, the actors explain the plot of their video-game-inspired film to the uninitiated, including answering the question of what exactly the Animus is.

Put simply, it is “a machine that allows somebody to revisit the lives of their ancestors,” according to Fassbender. Cotillard builds on that description, explaining that the Animus allows subjects to “take the place of one of their ancestors” in the past. Basically, it’s what she calls “genetic time travel.”

The featurette shows just how powerful the technology is. We get to see Fassbender’s character, Callum Lynch, enter the Animus, and it brings him back to Spanish inquisition. There, he takes over for his ancestor, an Assassin, and becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between the Assassins and the Templar Order.

“It’s just a fantastic concept,” says Fassbender.

It definitely sounds and looks like it. Check out the featurette below to see for yourself.
“Assassin’s Creed” hits theaters on Dec. 21.

Today in Movie Culture: Wes Anderson’s ‘The Witch,’ the Evolution of Movie Stunts and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Film History of the Day:

Stuntman Damien Walters chronicles the evolution of movie stunts in an amazing single performance in this video presented by Honda (via Collider):

Reimagined Movie of the Day:

The Witch actually looks almost as good as Wes Anderson movie in this lighthearted reworking of the horror film:

Movie Comparison of the Day:

Is Pixar repeating itself with its sequels? Couch Tomato shows us 24 reasons Finding Dory is the same movie as Toy Story 2:

Cosplay of the Day:

As we get closer to the release of Rogue One, we’ll probably be seeing more Star Wars cosplay, like this terrific Gonk droid getup…
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