Review: Assassin’s Creed (2017)

assassins-creed-movie-review-2017It took me far too long to see Assassin’s Creed in the cinema, mainly because I was being a good human being for a change and staying at home rather than inflicting my stinky cold on the unsuspecting public. I was so excited to see it though, I’ve been a fan of the games for years. Deep down, I knew t wouldn’t be a ‘great’ movie, because video game moves never are (can the movie gods sort this out, please?) but as long as the action scenes were reminiscent of the game, I would be happy.

Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a criminal on death row, until he is saved(?) by the scientists at Abstergo and forced to relive the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar, in order to help the scientists, who are actually Templars, to locate the fabled Apple of Eden. Fans of the game know this story inside out, and for newcomers it’s all nicely explained, so I’ll leave it at that, but I guess all you need to know is the Assassins are the good guys!

Let me start with the positives. The action scenes truly are a sight to behold, and they stay so close to the game. Nothing is more satisfying than nailing a jump directly onto your target and taking them out with your hidden blade, and it translates perfectly onto the screen. We got to see the ‘leap of faith’, accompanied with the cry of an eagle which made me a little giddy, and the costumes are beautiful.

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As Aguilar runs through the streets you can hear guards shouting ‘Assassino!’ which will put that twinge of anxiety into any game players, as you thought you’d escaped the last of them. What would have been better? Some kind of inside joke for us – perhaps not missing faces like the buggy game in the series we won’t mention, but some failed parkour would have been brilliant.

Sadly, the strengths are also the movie’s weaknesses. I might be alone in this, but I was never a fan of the parts in the game outside the animus, I was much happier back in time being an assassin. The movie spends WAY too much time outside, and that’s a shame. Also, there is such a strong cast (Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling to name a few) that just feel pretty wasted here.

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One more point from me, and I guess it could be a positive or a negative depending on how you feel. There’s a point in the movie where Michael Fassbender literally tears his shirt off for no reason, it wasn’t stained or damaged from what I could tell, and doesn’t find himself a new one. I certainly wasn’t complaining, but I did hear my husband sigh quite loudly. Maybe it was a swoon?

I enjoyed Assassin’s Creed, for the same reason I enjoyed Warcraft last year, but I can understand the negative reviews it’s been getting. 3 and a half Apples of Eden from me!

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19 thoughts on “Review: Assassin’s Creed (2017)

  1. When this movie gets something right, it’s really right (ie: the fighting). But when it gets something wrong, it’s really wrong (ie: the characters). I wanted to really like this, being a big fan of the games and all, but it didn’t have likable characters or even a good story. Bring back Desmond!

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  2. I never got into playing this one (zero attention span) but loved watching my husband play Black Flag. Those long jumps to take out a target make me catch my breath. I wondered how they would translate it to the big screen. And I mean, come on, Fassbender.

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    • Ha! That’s how I got into it all, back when my husband was my boyfriend I watched him play the original. I was never great at playing the story through, but I loved running around taking out the guards.
      My favourite memory of Black Flag is sailing that ship and hearing Edward shout ‘SHANTY, LADS!’ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. I gave it the same score in my review. I think this movie was too easily dismissed.I think it’s ending was a little rough but everything up to that was really good. I had a ton of fun with it.

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  4. “Thereโ€™s a point in the movie where Michael Fassbender literally tears his shirt off for no reason, it wasnโ€™t stained or damaged from what I could tell, and doesnโ€™t find himself a new one. ”

    This is how one markets a movie. That is the first thing I read about this that makes it 100% certain I will see it.

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  5. Hey Allie! I might rent this at some point but I wasn’t impressed w/ the director’s work w/ Fassy & Cotillard in Macbeth so I’m not surprised wasn’t as good as it should be. Glad you still enjoyed it though.

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  6. I really liked the first game (never played any of the sequels, but this movie just seems so overstuffed (isn’t it like 2.5 hours long?). I was initially excited to see it, but after so many negative reviews, I passed.

    Maybe I made a mistake? (I imagine if it’s going to be good, the theater was the place to see it).

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    • It’s just under 2 hours, but the time doesn’t fly by! It doesn’t drag either though, to be fair.
      It’s no masterpiece, it’s not even a great movie, but there are definitely worse ways to spend 2 hours, and I reckon it’ll be fun for fans of the games ๐Ÿ™‚

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