Assassin’s Creed (2016) Review

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Assassin’s Creed games or a newbie like myself, Assassin’s Creed the movie offers a bridge between the past and present by composing it in an interesting and exciting way.

Even though I’ve managed to stay away from the infamous video game ‘films’, I was very much aware of its lackluster reputation. Because of this, I went into the cinema already telling myself that it would probably be a bad film but I’d still enjoy it nonetheless. Coming out the other end, I have to say that it really wasn’t that bad at all. I think, if nothing, fans need to be a little less harsh. I’ve seen films a heck of a lot worse.

Throughout the movie I was engaged and intrigued by the Assassin’s Creed world. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a newbie. Even though I know of the games, I’ve never played them and to be honest I’m not entirely sure why. It seems right up my alley! In spite of this, it does need to be noted that you don’t have to be familiar with the franchise to enjoy it or understand it. There might have been one point near the end that I wondered whether prior knowledge of the franchise would allow a scene to make more sense, but after talking about it with the friend I saw the movie with, he said there wasn’t anything different that stood out to him.

Michael Fassbender as both Cal and Aguilar (Cal’s ancestor) drove the film’s narrative and was (I think) in every scene or at least every sequence. Because of this, I barely knew the names of any of the other characters. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Michael Fassbender’s work and perhaps a tad biased towards it, but I do wish I’d gotten to know Cal and Aguilar a bit more to help form an emotional connection. The audience is given the traumatic flashback of Cal’s childhood but a part from that we only hear a few comments floating around about the bad things Cal has done that got him to the place he is. I would have loved to have seen more.

If you’re a fan of action, Assassin’s Creed has got it. Anyone can admit that parkour is pretty epic and when you come from a franchise famous for it, it’s got to be good in the movie. A shout out is needed to the stuntmen capable of pulling off those scenes and ultimately making the film what it is. Although we never see ‘your’ face on the screen, know that we’re routing for you and appreciate the hard work that goes into your work.

Contrary to popular belief, video games turned into films aren’t always as bad as people make them out to be. If you’re still not convinced, give Assassin’s Creed a shot. If you give it a chance, you might even find yourself enjoying it.

3/5