Title: Assassin’s Creed
Director: Justin Kurzel
Writers: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, and Bill Collage (adapted from the video game franchise of the same name)
Runtime: 115 minutes
Synopsis: A death-row inmate becomes part of a scientific experiment intended to stop violence, but ends up discovering the truth behind it and must decide whether to help, or heed the experiments.
Review: Normally I’d avoid Hollywood blockbusters because everyone on the planet writes reviews for them, but this one hits me close to home. As a video game lover I’ve encountered the game series on multiple occasions and am complete encapsulated in the world of Assassin’s Creed. Unfortunately, the film, though enjoyable to watch, had a difficult time pulling together the world. The architecture and costumes, color, scenery, etc, are all integral to the games themselves and provide the entire basis of exploration. However the film chose not to focus on this and instead went for the plot line. Why it did this I’m not entirely sure, maybe budget restrictions? But the lively landscapes and your ability to interact with them are part of what make the game so amazing. Plus, parkour, I mean who doesn’t love Parkour? And while these things are in the game, the world becomes dark, dirty, somewhat gritty. The white assassin’s coat is replaced by grundgy brown leather and the vivid landscapes become everyday CGI effects we all saw in Mad Max and Prince of Persia. Both, strangely enough, being video game movies. Maybe this is a trend.
That aside, I can forgive it due to Michael Fasbender being a phenomenal actor (If you haven’t seen him in Shame and you’re fine with NC-17 movies, his performance is amazing!) Also, the man has abs to die for. Why he was shirtless for only a portion of the film while doing things he was previously doing with a shirt on I’m not sure, maybe fan servicing? But I’m not complaining… Handsome man-moments aside, I’d have to say the movie only touched the surface of a complex plot line and complicated characters which it could’ve delved waaayyy further into and given far more depth. And I’m sure if it hadn’t garnished way less money then everyone expected and had less attention then initially intended, it would be getting a sequel. But for now, not getting my hopes up.
Interested? Watch the preview here
Or if you’re already sold hit up your local Redbox!
Image is a still shot from the film and therefore being cited below:
Assassins Creed. Dir. Justin Kurzel. Perf. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottilard. 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, 2016. DVD.
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