Assassin’s Creed (2016) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Everything is permitted, but just really fast with not much explanation

10 July 2018

Warning: Spoilers

Based on the hugely popular video game franchise, “Assassin’s Creed” is the first time an attempt has been made to transfer the concept to the big screen. Transferring video games to the big-screen is a very tricky dark art, not many have been successfully or even enjoyed cult status – so from the get-go, making an AC film was always going to come under scrutiny from games fans.

So, Assassins Creed – I had to try and explain it to my girlfriend as best as I could so I think that explanation will probably work here. A secret society’s science division has worked out a way to immerse distant blood relatives of long dead historical figures, into the memories and experiences they had when they were alive. Say what? It’s like if, say, if Christopher Columbus’s great, great, great, great, great, grandchild (or another distant relative) could put on a virtual reality headset and see and experience everything that Columbus saw and experienced. By doing this to people, the secret society hopes to learn things from the past, to shape the future. That’s the techie part done with. Throw into the mix a secret struggle between two opposing factions, the Templars and the Assassins Creed. The Templar’s, throughout history, have wanted to control society and dictate their rule. The Creed on the other hand, opposes them and wants people to live free. Still with me? So, in a nutshell – Michael Fassbender’s character is rescued and put to work in this techie VR, to experience something that his distant relative experienced, to help the secret society who owns the VR kit. He has to figure out who he’s working for, what they want, and who he is.

Did I enjoy the film? From purely a film fan stand point, yeah it was ok. From a fan of the games, well, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible enough to sully the reputation the games have created. In my opinion there is a lot of good source material available – but let’s not forget, this is an introduction to the situation on film, something more in depth may have been off-putting. The pace of the film was good; it was constantly on the move, which owed itself well to the pace of the games sequences. In moving at a good pace though it didn’t allow much for character development or depth. So while everything was going on, I didn’t really care if people were going to be killed off. In regards to the cast, Fassbender was OK, but I didn’t find him that believable as an ex-con, especially not one that has to grow a conscience by the end of the film. I don’t think he fitted that well for the parts of the film set back in time in central Europe. Saying that though, he wasn’t terrible – but I don’t think this is one of his strongest rolls. Marion Cotillard doesn’t ignite things enough to be a thrill-a-minute, but she’s adequate for the fairly emotionless scientist she’s meant to portray. Jeremy Irons on the other hand, well he does know how to play a villain quite well, and he absolutely fitted his role. Nice locations, with some nice action and some exciting parkour sequences. I’d give this a 7 out of 10.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (7/10)


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