Disclaimer – I have played a few of the Assassin’s Creed games, and am a casual fan of the video game series.
The last month of 2016 was the month of several movies – Star Wars, La La Land and several others. Notably amongst them was the Assassin’s Creed. The movie adaptation of the immensely popular video game series of the same name (developed by Ubisoft), it has failed to garner much praise from the critics.
Set in both the modern day and 15th century Spain, the movie focuses on Callum Lynch (played by Michael Fassbender of X-Men fame) and his ancestors. He is a present death row inmate and a direct descendent of Aguilar, a 15th century Spanish Assassin. The execution is faked by the modern day Knights Templar (enemies of the Assassin’s Creed) and he is transported to a science facility. It’s here that Sofia Rikkin (played by Marion Cotillard) promises him a new life, by curing him of violence.
Jeremy Irons plays Sofia’s father, a cold and manipulative man, and one of the top Templars. While they want to rid the world of free will, and thus world domination, Sofia is led to believe that her work will be used to cure violence. The Animus is a high-tech robotic arm and spine (attached to the person) which duplicates the moves performed by the person in the past (as opposed to a chair or bed as in the games). The high points of this film are the Spanish sequences when Callum is attached to the Animus.
The Templars are in search of the (absurdly overpowered) Apple of Eden, which contains the “genetic code of free-will”. It was last in possession of Aguilar, and thus they are hoping that Callum will lead them to it. The film is full of action sequences, sometimes without an underlying reason. It reminded me of Mad Max: Fury Road (a far superior movie, in my opinion).
The video games had a sprinkling of famous persons throughout the history and iconic locations, making you feel like a tourist. The movie continues in that vein, featuring Columbus, apparently a friend of the Creed. The past sequences show that Creed sacrificing themselves in order to protect the Apple from the Templar. In the present day, the other descendants of the Creed are afraid that Callum was going to lead them to the Apple.
During the final scenes, there’s an inkling that Sofia might have some Assassin blood running through her as well. The descendants band together under Callum to protect the Apple against the Templars, leading to a showdown in New York.
This line pretty much sums it up – the eagle swooping in every few scenes is ridiculous, and frankly out of place, as is the whole movie.
TNK Score – 5/10
Recommendation – Watch the movie only if you are a fan of the video game series,
Image credits – Ubisoft/New Regency Productions/20th Century Fox
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