Hot Trailers

Michael Fassbender.
Michael Fassbender.PHOTO: YOUTUBE
Ben Affleck.


Except for leading man Michael Fassbender's stylish but unwashed outfit resembling a chic monk's hoodie, everything about this trailer looks expensive.

"What you are about to see, hear and feel are the memories of your ancestor who's been dead for 500 years," scientist gal Marion Cotillard tells Fassbender, who is trained and reprogrammed like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix so that he can somehow transport back to an ancestor's life as a super assassin from a mysterious order fighting entire armies in mediaeval Spain.

Anyway, this all-out action clip is based on a happening video game, whose devotees presumbly sit so long on their couches they have 50 ancestors' worth of fat butts.


If you have ever wondered what it would be like if Rain Man turned into Jason Bourne, this is the resulting movie. Ben Affleck stars as a savant accountant who is an obsessive-compulsive Einstein-level genius with numbers and also happens to be an elusive top-notch hitman at the same time. You know, the sort where he arranges his cutlery with the same precision he uses to shoot a sniper's rifle. Kind of like Good Kill Hunting.

Then Brain Man meets a gal (Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick), who presumably would turn him into some sort of misunderstood hero or at least someone who is really good at calculating the GST surcharge on their first dinner date.

This clip looks deadly serious and intriguing, mainly because Affleck fully utilises his best acting skill of not saying a thing. But I cannot stop laughing when I see his unsmiling, unmoving face looking as if he is still pretty sore about those lousy reviews of Batman V Superman.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe