Assassin’s Creed: Taking on Abstergo Industries

ASSASSIN’S CREED

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DIRECTED BY: Justin Kurzel

STARRING: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael K. Williams

GENRE: Action, Adventure

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States, France

Through Abstergo a company that creates a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha (Aguilar Of Nerha), in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins and Templars, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.assassins-creed-gallery-04-gallery-image

From Consequence of Sound:

“What’s most exciting, however, is how well Kurzel is able to incorporate the series’ signature gameplay into the action routines. Breathtaking jumps and climbs are executed in the same uncanny manner as they are in the games, and the fighting styles have the same crisp, breakneck feel. Furthermore, Kurzel further honors the games (and maintains a PG-13 rating, which is ideal for a movie like this) by bypassing gore almost entirely; sure, the bodies pile up, but the game doesn’t revel in its sadism.

Between these action scenes, however, the movie just becomes relentlessly morose. There’s only one genuine laugh line, and that comes when, about midway through, Callum asks himself exactly what the audience is thinking: “What the fuck is going on?” A comic relief character (or even a reliably comic actor) could’ve done wonders here. Instead, we have a cast that any drama would kill for: Fassbender, Cotillard, Irons, Williams, Brendan Gleeson, Essie Davis, and Charlotte Rampling, for Christ’s sake. It’s a shame that barely any of them are given much to do besides emote and glower.”

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PROS:

  • Able to take action from the video game series.
  • Score.

CONS:

  • Poor writing.
  • Mess of a film.
  • Poor performances from an all star cast.

SCORE: 4.5 / 10

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