After the largely disappointing performance of Warcraft, my hope rested on Assassin’s Creed. I loved the franchise, especially its historic settings. Even Vy was mazmerised by the French Revolution backdrop of Unity. No kidding, I was praying for its success. I wanted this film to break the curse of video game adaptations.
So, was it successful?
No. A rather resounding NO. Frustratingly, Assassin’s Creed managed to drop the ball despite having talented casts and rich source materials to draw from.
In Assassin’s Creed, Michael Fassbender’s character was able to relive the “genetic memory” of his ancestor through the use of the Amimus device. Essentially, this film followed two storylines – one set in the present and one set during the Spanish Inqusition. Unfortunately, both were badly constructed and even worse when combined.
Most of present day events were bland and riddled with long expositions. Also, character motivations were incoherent and decisions were seemly made on a whim. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons gave the best performance they could. But with shallow and bland characterization, even they couldn’t elevate this film.
There was a glimmer of hope when we transitioned to the past. You can tell there were some brilliant stunts and well choreographed fight routines. But nope. This film managed to mess that up as well with horrendous editing. Instead of long takes and properly framed shots, we were given a poor rip off of Jason Borne. Quick and successive cuts from five different angles mixed in with nonsensical shot of horses. Also, what is the point of doing the leap of faith in real life (see this world record attempt) if most of it was obscured by CGI smoke and dirt? Even a fan made video (see devinsupertramp) does a better job with the parkour and action scenes.
I apologize if this review sounds like a rant. If you can’t tell, I was utterly disappointed by this film. Let’s hope Fassbender’s other half, Alicia Vikander, has more success with her upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. If not, I guess we still have Mortal Kombat…
Rating: Don’t waste your time and money on this film. Save it and get yourself a copy of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.