Monday, December 26, 2016

Movie Review: Assassin's Creed

I was a fan of the video games series so I decided to check out the movie adaptation though I had low expectations from the reviews. Assassin's Creed the movie is directed by Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender as the central role playing a character from the present and one from the past. Marion Cotillard also stars as the woman who orchestrates the animus experiments and sends Fassbender's character reeling into the past through his genetic information. I have always known the story in the series was a little strange and a stretch of the imagination but I didn't pay too much attention enjoying the parkour gameplay so I thought I could do the same for the movie.

The film does not allow viewers to get lost in the action during the Spanish Inquisition scenes always flashing back to Fassbender in the animus imitating his ancestor's actions. The action of the assassins is pretty cool to watch and made the movie somewhat enjoyable though it appears to be just another mediocre video game adaptation. 

The movie centers around Cal Lynch, a death row inmate who is presumably executed until he wakes up in the Abstergo laboratories. He also witnessed his mother's murder as a young boy but that only partially plays into a very rushed plot. There is never any time to get to know any of the characters. At the top of Abstergo is Dr. Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), whose daughter, Cotillard's Sofia, runs the animus project. 

As Lynch goes back to join the Creed as his great-great-great grandfather Aguilar, he is in search of a sacred item known as an apple that has something to do with free will but none of this is fully explained as the plot rushes forward. There are modern day assassin's also stuck in Abstergo building including Mousa (Michael Kenneth Williams) and others.

The movie tries to go for an emotional impact by throwing in Lynch's father (Brendan Gleeson) but the twists and turns are predictable and don't have much of an impact. The movie shies away from showing the conclusion of the great action set pieces as it snaps back and this is my biggest criticism. Even if the plot had been as meandering and pointless, if the action scenes had been cool then it would have had a redeeming quality. Overall, it may be an interesting rental and I'm not sure they'll follow through with a sequel as the movie hinted at and seemed to be holding off in anticipation of. 

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