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The Assassin's Creed Movie Has a Very Painful Version of Genetic Time Travel

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In the Assassin’s Creed video games, the Animus technology that lets people travel into their DNA’s genetic memories is housed in comfy chairs or beds. In the upcoming movie, using the Animus means getting a needle into your spinal cord. So extreme!

Over the course of the many Assassin’s Creed games that have come out over the last nine years, using the Animus looked a lot like taking a nap. Lie down, close your eyes, and go on a time-travel killing spree in centuries past. In next month’s film adaptation of the popular video game franchise—where Michael Fassbender plays main character Callum Lynch—the Animus is a giant robot arm that apparently flings subjects around, and that’s after some kind of painful-looking neurological implant gets jabbed between your vertebrae.

We’ll get a chance to see how much more edgy things from the game franchise get when the Assassin’s Creed movie comes out on December 21.