“We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins”
Title: Assassin’s Creed
Director: Justin Kurzel
Top cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson
Based on: Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise
Movie adaptions from video games do not have a very good reputation. Bad scripting, bad acting and way of point in plots. Remember the old live action movie of Super Mario brothers? So does the Assassin’s Creed movie adaption rescue this reputation?
What is Assassin’s Creed?
Back in 2007 Ubisoft released a new video game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC called Assassin’s Creed. And from then until now this series has been a industry success in video games, with nine full games and 17 spin-off titles. (Including a few short films and novelisations)
Assassin’s and Templars have been in war for centuries, where templars have tried to remove the assassins from the world, so they could have world domination. Assassins keep this in line by stopping them and protecting artifacts, like the “Apple of Eden”.
The movie starts off in 1492 Andalucia Spain, introducing the “Apple of Eden”. This artifact is said to contain the genetic code to man’s free will, and this is being hunted for by the Knights Templar. But standing in the way of the Templars ability to control freedom of thought are the Assassin’s.
And the leader of this era’s Assassin’s is Agulair (played by Michael Fassbender).
The story itself is mainly in present time, as the plot and storyline is more focused on what is happening today than back in 1492. How can the story be in present day and 1492 at the same time you say?
This is happening because of something called the Animus. Abstergo industries as the company in control of Templars are being called, own a machine Animus. Here they connect a person to the machine and enter the person’s DNA code, and finds one’s ancestor. Reason why they are doing this? Lynch is being told: “To pioneer new ways to end violence”.
Without saying to much to spoil the movie, there is more to it than that, as the Templars are on the search of the “Apple of Eden”.
As Lynch connects to the Animus, to enter Agulair’s storyline where he jumps, climbs and fights his way through templars, so does Lynch in present day. As they are being connected to each other, what Agulair experienced back in 1492 Lynch can experience in present day. Complicated, yes.
Is the movie “spot on” from the video game series?
Yes and no, the war between Assassin’s and Templars, Apple of Eden, Abstergo Industries and the Animus sort of, are all from the videogame series. But every character and storyline is a standalone and doesn’t have anything to do with the videogames at all. The animus are a little bit different in the movies than in the video games. And to be honest, I like the new animus, and I hope the rumours are true. That Ubisoft are going to use this animus in future Assassin’s Creed games. The original animus is just a one sized “shrink” bed with a few screens over your head.
Many wouldn’t agree on this, but I think Michael Fassbender did a good job acting as both Agulair and Callum Lynch. Sadly the script isn’t that well written or told. You can see that Ubisoft and the directors are trying to protect fan-interests, but they are rushing through the story and might feel half finished sometimes. The CGI and music can be little bit annoying sometimes, but not an issue.
All the stunts and fighting sequences are all entertaining to watch and well coordinated.
Overall a average action movie, and one of the good movie adaption of video games. If only the script had been better.
+ Fan interests
+ Stunts and fighting sequences
– Script / Storyline
– Rushes through storyline