Assassin’s Creed is the latest movie to be made based off a popular video game franchise. The movie follows the games concept of the Assassin Order fighting against the Templars to gain control of the precursor artefact known as the Apple of Eden and Abstergo industries using a machine called the Animus to unlock a person’s genetic memories to explore their ancestor’s life. This movie is based on characters not seen in the games, with Michael Fassbender playing both Callum Lynch in modern times and Aguilar, the Spanish Assassin during the 1490s Spanish Inquisition. Captured by the Templars and held prisoner at Abstergo, Callum is forced to relive the memories of Aguilar to discover the hiding place of the Apple of Eden.
Assassin’s Creed is my favourite video game series and I was extremely excited when they were making a movie. Having played all the games multiple times (except the French Revolution one) I had a strong understanding of what was going on. It is not an over complicated plot but the story has factors that may seem ridiculous to the audience if they do not have enough prior knowledge. That being said you do not have to have played the games to enjoy this movie. I have to applaud the filmmakers for trying something different with the story but ultimately it does fall short due to lack of character development and lack of explanation. I wish that there had been more time spent in the past where we could see Aguilar become the assassin or even some of his attempts to stop the Templars. This was the best part of the movie and it was only a small percentage of screen time.
The practical effects in Assassin’s Creed were phenomenal and watching the action set pieces made it look and feel like I was playing the games, the assassinations, stalking and free running was exactly the same style seen in the games. One really impressive aspect was that when the movie goes into the past all the characters speak Spanish, as they would have. In the game they explain everyone speaking English away as just part of the experience inside the Animus, so I appreciate that Justin Kurzel the director, tried something different with the language.
The cast of this movie definitely make this movie better. Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor and gives a really strong performance in both roles. Credit to Fassbender’s stunt double, Damien Walters for his incredible work as Aguilar, in particular his Leap of Faith. Jeremy Irons proves once again he is a highly talent man who works so well as the villain of the film.
I had a lot of fun with this movie, mostly because I was so excited for it because of my love of the games. I know it has its flaws but I think it was a lot better than many of the 2016 Blockbusters. I understand why many people did not enjoy it as it was not the best film but I would encourage anyone who enjoys the games to go out and see Assassin’s Creed in cinemas as the more money it makes the more chance of a sequel for them to go deeper into the linage of the games.
Assassin’s Creed scored a Credit with 60%