Assassin’s Creed (Review)

Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar from 15th Century Spain, via a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. He discovers that he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, who have thought against the  oppressive and powerful Templar organization for generations.

Well, I have to say I’m surprised by how not completely awful this film is. It’s actually watchable for one thing and not utterly rubbish like a lot of people have been saying. Not that it’s a great film by any means but it’s probably the best video game movie I’ve ever seen. Not that that means much of course.

It isn’t without fault mind. The plot is dumb for example. Every time they mention that the Apple of Eden is the genetic key to free will I laughed out loud. Just how exactly?! Explain please. I know its something from the games but still…

Yes the overall concept is interesting, again like in the game franchise itself, and the new animus makes for much better visuals than the regular version. Although I do have a question with how forward roles would workout.

The problem with Assassin’s Creed film is that you just don’t really care about anything happening. It’s a fun enough ride but it means very little. Michael Fassbender is too good for this franchise. As is Marion Cotillard and even Jeremy Irons, but it is nice to have some actual talent behind the film.

I do like that instead of trying to recreate the video game stories in live action, they wrote a new one. It helps it stand on its own and keeps it distant enough yet close enough to the source to keep fans happy.

Not a bad film, not a good film. Yet fun enough.

I’ll see you for the sequel I guess as that ending couldn’t have been left anymore open.

Verdict: Thumbs Up…I’m surprised as you are.

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