Rockers, have you been wondering if the Assassins Creed movie was any good or if it followed in the tradition of bad video game movies? Can Ubisoft create the next non-horror video game movie success or is the Assassin’s Creed movie a sad excuse to make a few more dollars from the franchise?
The Assassins Creed movie is directed by Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons. Follow Michael Fassbender as he attempts to become one with the Assassins Creed franchise and Animus as he takes on the role of Cal Lynch, a convicted felon. Watch as Cal bonds with his ancestor Aguilar during the Spanish Inquisition and somehow manages to achieve complete synchronization within two or three sessions in the Animus.
In the Assassins Creed movie, Abstergo has recreated the Animus into a rig for the descendants of assassins to use to experience the memories of their ancestors first hand. The movie focuses on Abstergo trying to find the Apple of Eden in order to cure humanity of their aggressive behavior. If you have never played an Assassins Creed game before, then this movie is an exhilarating visual experience.
For the die-hard fans of the Assassins Creed franchise, the Assassins Creed movie felt like a slap in the face. A majority of the movie is spent outside of the Animus and has Cal talking to Sophie Rikkin and other characters at the facility. The audience learns little about Aguilar and do not have time to build an emotional connection to either characters. Although we know sparse details about Cal’s past, besides his mother’s death, it is a tad unbelievable that he could learn the assassins’ fighting style from a short amount of time in the Animus. The action scenes were well-choreographed though.
Although the Assassins Creed movie may not have been amazing, it wasn’t a complete let down. The movie gave a brief glimpse of why gamers love the Assassins Creed franchise without reusing any of games characters. The movie had little character development and seemed to rush the story. If you feel like an action movie with a shallow plot, then you can get by with the Assassins Creed movie. Ultimately, the limited character development makes this a bad video game movie that even Michael Fassbender can’t save.