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Assassin’s Creed Movie Review

After collectively combining to produce the critically-acclaimed blockbuster Macbeth, the union of director Kurzel Justin with Oscar-calibre cast Marion Cotillard and Micheal Fassbender and cinematographer Arkapaw Adam was surely good news for any Assassin’s Creed game enthusiast – Finally, a first amazing movie adaptation of a video game!

Sadly, however, Assassin’s Creed didn’t turn out the be more than the sum of it’s parts.

Story Line

If you have played the game before like most of the DS team, then you are familiar with the plot. By means of a revolutionary piece of technology, Callum Lynch (Fassbenede Micheal) is able to unlock and access unique genetic memories and relive all the adventures of Aguilar, his ancestor in 14th Century Spain.

 

Callum discovers that he hails from the Assassins, a mystifying secret society, and accrues immense skills and insight to engage a powerful yet oppressive Templar Society in modern time. The father to Sophia (Marion Cotillard) – the scientist that discovers Callum and plugs him to the unique machinery – Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons) has a secret wish to use the Apple; a secret tool with the capacity to control the free will of humans, to put an end to the global rule and violence.

Can Callum quickly apprehend his fate and actually re-possess and safeguard the Apple sooner rather than later?

The Good

Character Development

Although it may not be one of the strongholds of Assassins Creed, Kurzel has performed a wonderful job in developing characters to lift the volatile, vertical action as found in games and credibly applying it on screen. He was cleverly done away with the games’ Animus Chair replacing it with a characteristically more vibrant mechanical arm enabling Fassbender perform captivating in-air gymnastics with his typical virtual-reality world blending perfectly with action as witnessed in 15th –Century Spain.

The strong suits of the Assassins Creed are the sequences of Spanish Inquisitions. Aguilar surprisingly says less than the Assassins Creed descendant –Callum although this has little significance considering the sight of him leaping over Spanish dusty rooftops, running across a myriad of ropes and subsequently diving off conventional Church spires. This is dizzying, breathless shot stuff which feels as if it directly tapped into the game series vein.

Characters appear to have more fun. Javier Gutierrez performs amusingly sinister while leading the Inquisition-Tomas de Torquemada.

Assassin's creed movie posterThe Bad

Quality

Despite boasting an Oscar-caliber cast, this video-game based movie is not only disorienting but also does very little to inspire delight. What’s worse, much of it is just a humorless bore. Even having produced a master-class blockbuster in the form of Macbeth, the re-union of stars Cotillard and Fassbender with director Kurzel Justin is, unfortunately, a lowbrow.

The fans of the actual video game might better understand this, but, both the Apple of Eden concept together with its subsequent hiding location makes little sense. Supporting characters such as Khalid Abdalla, Brendan Gleeson and Irons seem to contribute very little in accentuating the thrill since they project great seriousness and gravity and dwindle in the choppy editing and sludgy cinematography doing them no good.

Verdict

Compared to numerous other video game movie adaptations, Assassins Creed is somewhat arguably better made and without a doubt having a better cast. Nonetheless, the CGI-fueled outcome still remains one joylessly over-plotted drag. Worth watching if there’s nothing else worth seeing around or if you’re a diehard Assassin’s Creed fan, but otherwise you won’t miss out by skipping this one.

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