Assassin’s Creed is the film adaptation of the long-running and critically-indifferent video game franchise of the same name.
It follows Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) who is sent to execution in prison and pronounced dead but instead of waking up in the shiny happy place above known as Florida, he wakes up in a facility known as the Abstergo Foundation. He has been saved from execution but still pronounced dead in order to help Abstergo with a highly realistic project; to access the memories of his ancestor in order to locate the Apple of Eden which holds the power to control free will within humanity. Believe me, this is the actual plot.
Callum must access the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar, a member of the Assassin’s Creed, a group devoted to protecting the Apple of Eden at all costs.
This film represents the quality of the games in many ways. For better and for worse.
Just like the game, the action feels satisfying. The parkour and the fast stunts and the odd satisfaction in the use of the hidden wrist-blade all make for some great action sequences which unfortunately suffer from bad eye-tracing.
But also, JUST LIKE THE GAME, the action is too rare and inconsequential.
Whenever the film takes us back to 15th Century Madrid, the time of Aguilar, what we get is the exciting action I’ve already gushed about. However the film very rarely takes us back to Madrid.
We spend way too much time in the Abstergo facility where Fassbender is wrestling with hallucinations of his ancestor and arguing with his father or something I honestly can’t remember.
You see, for the audience to follow your convoluted plots (talking to you, HOLLYWOOD), the audience must first care for the characters and I personally did not. I was just waiting for the action to come back and those waits were longer than they should’ve been. I understand pacing is a good thing but pacing like an employee at the Ministry of Silly Walks is not fun for us.
When I first left the cinema, my friend turned to me and said that his biggest problem with it was that it wasn’t friendly to the lore of the franchise and it was at that moment, I made the strange revelation… I couldn’t care less if it was lore friendly or not.
A film based on another material should be able to stand on it’s own two feet but instead of that, Assassin’s Creed tries to replicate it’s source in every way, that includes the satisfying action and the awkward pacing.
I’d suggest not going to the cinema to watch Assassin’s Creed. I’d instead suggest you wait for someone to make a YouTube compilation of all the action scenes. That’s a better theatrical experience.
What did you think of Assassin’s Creed? Was it a waste of potential or was the potential never there?
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