Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Irons, is the film adaptation of the video game. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel. This film is yet another attempt at converting a video game franchise into a film franchise, and for the most part, doesn’t quite hit the mark, but that’s only a guess, because I never played the game.
From what I can tell, the film itself seems to be much like the game, where our main character experiences the lives of his ancestors as he tries to figure out the location of an ancient artifact that might let the Knights Templar rule humanity.
As the film starts off, the first act tried to establish a lot of story lines between the good, the bad, the hero and his past. But the opening act throws so much at the viewer that it comes off as a fragmented series of story bits.
The second act settles into the premise of what the story is about, but it’s weird to see our main hero only observe what his ancestors have done, while we don’t feel like there’s a lot of control for our hero to do things.
With enough memory experiences, Aguilar (Fassbender) starts to assume the skills and powers of his ancestors and confronts the bad guys.
What’s weird is the fragmented delivery of the story to the point that when the good guys win, we are still thinking we’re expecting the culmination of the film’s story.
And the attention to detail in the film seems questionable when you see scenes that someone dropped the ball on editing. For example, in one scene where Aguilar’s ancestor is fighting the bad guys, he grabs a horse to chase a wagon. But during the scene there’s a man and horse the just appear and disappear in the background.
The action is fun but on occassion you can detect the CGI used to create action scenes without the actors.
All and all I think Assassin’s Creed will make a nice diversion when it comes to TV.
After Batman V Superman, when non-fans were confounded by the film and franchise fans were tickled, well, whether this film meets up with gamer’s expectations or not is another story altogether that I can’t answer that. Though now I know how those confused BvS movie viewers felt.
Bottom line, Rotten Tomatoes score for the film was a resounding 16%, while IMDb users gave it a 6.5/10.
I’d give it a popcorn 6, if I had to.