Assassin’s Creed. One of few of its kind – a game to movie adaptation. My experience with this game goes back to the days of the original brick sized / plane taking off sounding Play Station 3. Due to its long standing history In the gaming field and numerous amounts of adaptations, it has masses of committed fans. This I could see as soon as I walked through the cinema doors; I hadn’t seen a movie theatre quite so full in some time, especially a couple of days after the movie’s release date (and I’m even including Rogue One in this analogy.)
As a very highly anticipated game to movie adaption with such a strong fan base, and to bear in mind game to movie adaptations haven’t exactly ‘smashed’ the box office before, all eyes were on Justin Kurzel to see if he has managed to bring home the Gold.
The movie opens as Cal Lynch‘s (Michael Fassbender) execution is well underway based on the charge of murder. As his life flashes before his eyes due to his imminent death – we witness a flashback of Cal as a child. Immediately we understand why murder is in Cal’s bones. After a bike / parkour session Cal returns home and is greeted with his murdered mother only to find it had been committed at the hand of his own father.
The time between Cal’s mothers death and current day are quickly skipped as he awakes with Sofia (Marion Cotillard) by his side quite delusional to this outcome. During the explanation of his whereabouts I couldn’t help but think the script was tailored to a younger generation, spelling everything out to Cal and the audience with no room left for personal interpretation or ‘guess work’ into what is going to happen. The film plot and direction is pretty much handed to you on a plate.
As the narrative continues, we see Cal enter the Animus and ‘flies’ into the Spanish Inquisition which bore very close resembelence to middle earth than an olden day Spain. This is where the action kicked in. Impressive parkour fighting scenes along with nice camera work created pretty convincing and intense scenes. The down side to being in the Animus, we constantly cut between the Spanish Inquisition and back to present day. This kept you very aware that what you were watching is in fact not real and unchangeable… this left a feeling of ‘pointlessness’ attitude towards the story.
To give Assassins creed some credit, it worked a lot better than its ‘game to movie’ peers and the story stood on its own merit and in a way separated itself from the game we all know. However, slotting this movie into the category of ‘action sci-fi’, the story fell short.
If this is your type of thing I would probably advise watching it when it comes to TV as who knows what the sequels may deliver!
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