Movie Review: Assassins Creed
Updated: May 28, 2019
I was literally dreading this film. I am not a fan of video game to movie adaptations because of how poorly produced and how bad the final cuts tend to be. But, I enjoy Michael Fassbenders work, so I went in hopeful but expectations very low.
In 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition, Aguilar de Nerha(Fassbender) is accepted into the Assassins Brotherhood. He is assigned to protect Prince Ahmed de Granada. In 1986, Callum returns home to find his mother killed by his father, Joseph, a modern-day Assassin. As gunmen led by Alan, CEO of the Abstergo Foundation, the modern day Templar front, approach to capture Joseph, the latter convinces the former to escape.
In 2016, Callum(Still Fassbender) is sentenced to death for murder, but is rescued from execution by the Abstergo Foundation, which fakes his death, and transported to their facility in Madrid, Spain. He is told that the Templars are searching for the Apple, which contains the genetic code for free will, in order to subjugate the human race. Sophia(Marion Cotillard), Alan's(Jeremy Irons) daughter and the head scientist, reveals that Callum is a descendant of Aguilar and which allows him to relive Aguilar's genetic memories so that Abstergo can learn the current whereabouts of the Apple.
In Andalusia, Spain, Aguilar and his partner, Maria, are deployed to rescue Ahmed, who has been kidnapped by the Templar Grand Master Tomas de Torquemada, to coerce Ahmed's father, Sultan Muhammad XII, to surrender the Apple. Aguilar and Maria intercept the Templars, but are overpowered and captured by Torquemada's enforcer, Ojeda, just as Callum is pulled out of the Animus by Sophia. In captivity, Callum befriends other descendants of Assassins, and begins experiencing hallucinations, dubbed "the Bleeding Effect", of both Aguilar and Joseph. Callum and Sophia build a rapport over their sessions; and confides with Callum that her mother was likewise murdered by an Assassin.
Back in the Animus, Aguilar and Maria are scheduled for execution, but he manages to free himself and her, leading to a rooftop chase in which they perform a "Leap of Faith" to escape. Callum's mind reacts violently to the session; and he is temporarily paralyzed. He then learns that Joseph is also present at the facility. Confronting Joseph for his mother's death, Callum is informed that as a result of the Bleeding Effect, his and Aguilar's memories are merging, allowing Callum to tap into Aguilar's combat abilities; he also learns that Callum's own mother was an Assassin who chose to die by Joseph's hand, rather than be subjected to the Animus by the Templars. Callum vows to destroy the Assassins Brotherhood by finding the Apple. Meanwhile, Alan is pressured by his superior, Ellen Kaye, to shut down the Animus Project due to its lack of results, leading Sophia to question Alan's true intentions....
The film overall was passable at best. It felt like they took the first 4 films of the game franchise and crushed the stoyr into one movie with the assassins piece taking place in a non relevant time period. In the video games, when you were the assassin, the time period you were in had relevance to the task at hand. The film ran out of steam in regards to the script writing and it felt like Fassbender was doing everything possible to keep the ship a float. As nice as the action was, muting the graphic aspect to it(gore), really hurt this film. In the video games, it really isn't that graphic, but when there is a kill, the point is across.
Being left wide open for a sequel gives me anxiety and I hope I do not see it. Even with Fassbender in it.