Assassin’s Creed

30 Dec

Assassin's Creed (1)To begin with I didn’t have high expectations for this film. Let’s be honest, video game movies don’t have a very good track record. The Assassin’s Creed franchise was one that has an extreme potential for becoming a good or even great movie, with the complex yet adaptable storyline, a wealth of historical places, figures, and real events, and a visual style including choreographed fights already laid out in the games. Some big names joined the project (like Fassbender, Cotillard, Irons, Rampling, etc.) and gave it even more hope.

But it fell far short of being even a descent adaptation, which I think the blame mainly falls on the writing, directing, and overall vision for the movie. The story itself wasn’t altogether clear (especially for those unfamiliar with the games) and most of it took place in modern times which simply made it less interesting.

Assassin's Creed (2)Very little of the movie took place in the past or inside the Animus that if you’ve played the games you would know that is what defines the entire franchise. What did take place in the time of the assassins was a non-stop action scene with fighting so fast it would make your head spin (simply to avoid any focus on the violence/gore and slide by with a PG-13 rating).

Assassin's Creed (3)The cgi was mesmerizing at times and shameful at others. It’s pathetic when the original game made nearly a decade before has better graphics. All their smoke and haze couldn’t cover it up. The fight scenes were disappointing. While they are the highlight of the games here they mostly consisted of choppy digital people stiffly hacking at each other. It lacked the most iconic parts of the game (like there only being one real stealth fueled assassination) and focused on the least interesting parts which they did not execute well.

Granted, I am having not played all the games in the series, I might not grasp 100% of the movie, but the storytelling in this epic journey was extremely weak. Maybe someday we will get a good video game movie but not today.

3/10

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