Review: Assassin’s Creed

Review: Assassin’s CreedAssassin's Creed * by Justin Kurzel
Released by 20th Century Fox on 5 January 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 1h 55m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson.

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"When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society."

First of all, I want to say that I haven’t played any of the Assassin’s Creed games, so I will not be comparing the two. (And even if I had played the games, I wouldn’t be doing it, because honestly, I think it’s like comparing a book to its movie adaptation because they will never be exactly the same).

I first heard about this movie being made somewhere at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016. I’d heard of the games, of course, but never really paid attention to them, because I knew my computer wouldn’t be able to handle them. When Michael Fassbender got cast as the main character, I got a little more interested, because let’s be honest – I love him as an actor.

I went to a pre-screening of this movie, because why the heck not, and honestly went into it without any expectations. I’d heard bad things about the movie, mostly from people that loved the games, so I was a little bit weary, but I knew I had to form my own opinion. And while I get why people didn’t like this movie, I have to say I don’t agree with the amount of hate this movie gets.

Assassin’s Creed the movie is a completely new story set in the world every gamer is familiar with. It features a bunch of new characters, but I believe there are some references to the ‘original’ characters as well (again, I haven’t played the games, so I can’t be sure). It’s not a bad movie at all, but I can’t say it’s an amazing one either.

Honestly, it felt a bit messy, with flashbacks to events in 1492 where we follow Aguilar and Maria, who do a lot of parkour. We’re also in modern day Spain (I think? I’m not sure?) where we follow Callum Lynch, a descendant of Aguilar. I really liked the whole Animus aspect, but I felt like I would have enjoyed this movie a bit more had it taken place entirely in 1492 or entirely in 2016.

The cast was incredible though, even though there were only four actors I knew really well. There was Michael as Callum – and I just think Michael is a great actor. Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard were nice too as father and daughter. And then there was Brendan Gleeson, whose role was rather small for someone whose name is fourth listed on IMDB. What I liked about his character, was that the younger version was played by Brendan’s son, Brian.

As amazing as the cast was, as bland I thought the characters were. I liked Callum, and I may have liked Sofia at first, but honestly, the rest of the characters fell incredibly flat. I felt like some of them were only there to help Callum in the end. View Spoiler »

There is, of course, a possibility I missed a lot of references because of course, I haven’t played the games, but that didn’t really make me not enjoy this movie. Like I said the movie wasn’t amazing, but it was an enjoyable movie. It had an open ending, in my opinion, which of course allows the studio to make a sequel if this first one does well.

In the end, Assassin’s Creed was an enjoyable movie, but it felt a bit messy and character-wise it could have been so much better. Still, I enjoyed it and I will possibly watch a sequel if there’s to be one.

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