Hey guys! Assassin’s Creed is into it’s second week of being in theaters, and the reviews on it are…well they’re not good. Personally, I thought the movie had potential, but like many games turned films, there was just…something missing. We’re gonna dive into a brief synopsis of the film, and I’m going to try to keep them as spoiler free as possible, but just be warned that there COULD be potential spoilers. So let’s get into it!
Callum Lynch was what many would call, a standard criminal. He had a rough childhood and grew up to end up on death row. On his final day, he’s given what he believes to be a lethal injection, though hours later he wakes up in a scientific facility known as Abstergo in Madrid, Spain. The Facility’s head Scientist, Dr. Sophia Rikkin, explains to him that he is a descendant of an assassin named Aguilar, from 15th century Spain. She introduces Callum to the Animus, a device that will transport Callum into Aguilar’s memories. By doing this, he learns about the Apple Of Eden, a mystical item that will very literally take away Free Will – and by association, acts of violence. In reliving these centuries old memories, Callum unlocks the skills of an assassin, and discovers that Aguilar was not the only Assassin in the family; the skills went all the way down to his father. He learns that Abstergo is part of the Knights of Templar, an order that, misguided as it is,wants to take away free will and bring peace on Earth through the action. Cal is forced to decide whether he should stick to his roots and give in to the Assassin within, or if Abstergo deserves the right to control the Apple of Eden.
Now, as I’ve said in previous reviews I’m all for story-lines, and the story-line to this game makes me want to replay the video game. I’ve never been a fan of the games, but really learning about the story has sparked my interest. The issue is, even with an all-star cast and an amazing lead like Michael Fassbender, the movie still fell short of it’s full potential. While it DID have the basis for an amazing story, the telling of that was flat and one-dimensional. There was so much that they could’ve done to further the plot, to delve deeper into the lives of these characters, but at the end of the day it just fell flat. With these critiques in mind, I will say that it had some AMAZING special effects. Callum’s simultaneous interactions with Aguilar’s memories were superb, and I will admit that it was NOT the actors’ performances that made the movie fall short. With all of that said, I thought the movie was okay, but it isn’t worth the theater prices. All in all, I give this film a two out of five glasses rating. Thanks for reading!