Assassin’s Creed tells the story of Callum Lynch, who explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin when discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
This is not a film like Warcraft where if you didn’t play the game or hand’t even heard of the massive online gaming community that World of Warcraft is, you’d have no idea what was going on in the film. It almost degrades Assassin’s Creed to even compare it to Warcraft. This most recent adaptation of video game to film franchises isn’t like the aforementioned Warcraft or even the atrocity that was the Prince of Persia film that no one wants to talk about (but at least it’s not like the Mario and Luigi disaster), it actually attempts to explain to an audience who may or may not have heard or played the Assassin’s Creed games that have been around for a good part of the last ten years.
Although the games have been rapidly decreasing in quality, especially with the fuck up that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity that included many glitches, this film is less of an adaption and more of another set piece in the franchise. It explores, but very little, the role of the templars and the brotherhood in 15th Century Spain. I would’ve liked to see more of Michael Fassbender’s Callum Lynch in this period as his ancestor, Aguilar, as there were really only two or three instances where he used the Animus to travel back in time. A friend who came with me to see the film with me said that in the two and half hours that the film had to not only provide set up to make sure they didn’t exclude any members of the audience, they also had to attempt to find balance between our reality and that of the past. So in saying this, it was no wonder that there was hardly much time spent with Aguilar as there was still many other things to address.
Going into Assassin’s Creed, anyone would be hesitant because of all the bad press the film has been getting and it wasn’t as bad as they made it out to be. Even if you don’t play video games, it’s an enjoyable film as it provided action scenes that weren’t all about explosions and the such — they were fast paced and showed off what the human body was capable of when not behind a gun. The storyline isn’t bad, otherwise the video game counterpart wouldn’t be as successful, and shouldn’t be considered boring as it provides ideas that could be talked about instead of falling asleep halfway through like you might in American Honey. There’s hardly been a film that the critics have liked in the video game adaptions and that’s because maybe they don’t like or understand the genre. There are some instances where they are right, but otherwise films like Assassin’s Creed prove to be a decent effort.
It’s by no means a perfect film, but it’s an enjoyable one at least. Ignore the reviewers and plunge yourselves into a film that doesn’t remind us of the harsh realities that we face.