Assassin’s Creed Movie Review – You Missed Out on Something Before You Hated it
We’re doing the Assassin’s Creed movie review today and we still can’t find why it’s got so much hate considering its an OK movie from 20th Century Fox PH and stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch / Aguilar.
Excellent action sequences for the Spanish Inquisition. Whether its the small village scenes where they go and do good or its that burning scene in the middle of the film where they take it to “the man”. Everything about the regression scenes featuring Aguilar (Fassbender) were perfect.
Michael Fassbender as Aguilar. We don’t get to see him display his acting chops but in exchange we get a physically imposing Fassbender here.
Jeremy Irons’ role here is delightful albeit short. He’s also one of the serious links between the Assassin’s Creed movie and the Assassin’s Creed games (or at least the games which had Desmond Miles in it). Still gotta give props for trying to enrich the mythos.
The Animus gets a WICKED upgrade for the film and as an AC fan, I absolutely love it. It just doesn’t make sense why it would breakdown at the end. Still, a giant arm that pretty much lets the user move freely is something they should incorporate in the next batch of Assassin’s Creed games.
The fight scenes and the leap of faith moment was grand. Its totally what any AC fan would have wanted to see. Also that AWESOME chase scene/ escape scene was one for the books.
Fassbender as Callum Lynch was kinda dry. He had wit, but it was poorly delivered or it got scattered all over the place. Hey at least we get to see him belt out Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”.
The whole premise for the ending of the movie was sucky. It looked great but if you apply logic to the whole thing, it doesn’t make sense. AT ALL.
I felt that it was a HUGE wasted opportunity not to feature the classic Assassins from the game in the film’s big moments. Too bad because it would have redeemed the film to Mount Everest levels if they had shown Altair, Ezio or even Edward Kenway.
They had Brendan Gleeson in this film but we only see him thrice throughout the movie. What a waste. They really should have explored the complex father-son relationship between Fassbender’s Lynch and his father but that goes out the door too.
The biggest problem for this Assassin’s Creed movie review is that it touches too much on the lore and the technicalities of the game that people are having a hard time to cope. The casual audience who have no inclination about the game franchise left the franchise scratching their heads as to what they saw. Had they written the dialogues a bit more for that crowd, it would have eliminated the hate and vile comments from critics and moviegoers alike.
The second thing that I also agree and disgaree at the same time is that they hated that the film panned out more in the present than the past i.e. they put in more story for the dull and boring Callum rather than focus on the enigmatic and bad-ass Aguilar. I’m chucking this in the bad not because I agree wholeheartedly with the finished product but because they failed to do a better exposition on why this was so. I guess I’m reserving those thoughts for a separate thoughts but for now we rate the film.
Assassin’s Creed isn’t bad but it could have made HUGE strides and leap. Take the leap of faith and find out for yourself if this is something that you can recommend and a film that is taking the right step in changing the public’s outlook on video game movies.
Assassin’s Creed opens January 4 from 20th Century Fox