Assassin’s Creed (2016)

This is the first review that not solely written by me. The plot summary is written by me, but the review is written by my boyfriend, who seems to know more about the whole story of the game franchises.

Here’s the official movie site.

Assassin’s Creed is telling the story about murderer Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), who is helped to fake his death sentence by the Aspergo, a giant medical facilities located in Madrid, Spain. There, he meets Dr. Sofia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard), a young female scientist who is obsessed by “creating a new world” and “curing the agressiveness”. Sofia is creating a machine called Animus, that looks like a giant machinated hand with the ability to extract the memory of past life with the DNA memory. Sofia, and particularly her father Dr. Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), are trying to find out the location of The Apple of Eden, which is said contains the secret of Human’s First Disobedience, in order to control the humanity from their will of freedom. The location of the Apple is only known by Aguilar (also played by Fassbender), Lynch’s ancestor who are the member of The Assassins at the time of Spanish Inquisition on 1492. 

(Below is written by my boyfriend)

6/10. First, I want to congratulate Michael Fassbender for making a quite entertaining movie about the world’s most popular, most distinctive, and most complicated game franchise. Since this is the first time I write such a populist feature like this, I will make it unpretentious and quick.

The franchise itself is extensively broad, with most of its stories concerns about the clash between The Assassins, a group of people who works for peace with protecting the relic of Eden (on this movie it is a spherical aluminium pod called The Apple caused of its resemblance, while you know on the game it is called The Piece) and The Knights Templar, who works for their self-interest. The clash has been struggled through centuries, from The Crusades to the modern day, and back and forward to the Pre-dating Humanity. The movie, takes place between The Spanish Inquisition on 1492, where according to my girlfriend (she reads history, I don’t) King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella want to ensure the orthodoxy of those who convert to Judaism and Islam, to the modern day.The Templar, as it has always been in every Assassin’s series as an Illuminati-esque organization, is represented by the cardinals who challenge the existence of The Assassins on 1492, and by The Elders that support Aspergo facilities and experiments at the modern day.Fassbender as a producer knows well that it is impossible for him to capture the whole story of the franchise and chooses to develop some other original story that still captures the essence of The Assassin’s Creed franchise.

The whole premise is quite promising, while the truth is, the movie doesn’t even live up to its premise. The casting of Fassbender, Cotillard and Irons are promising too, but the script left them to grievous situation. Fassbender, though my girlfriend keeps saying he’s hot throughout the movie, looks like he’s trapped on the CGI of back-forward reality and memory between his own and Aguilar’s memory. The action scenes are good with combination of martial arts and wired climbing scenes, but CGI scenes are experienced like a VR movie, and VR always makes you look foolish, although you are as hot as Michael Fassbender. The script also makes the talented (like my girlfriend says. I didn’t watch too many movies so I just know her from her two latest movie, one is Allied) Marion Cotillard to be cold and expressionless. Jeremy Irons’ Alan Rikkin is featured on first Assassin’s Creed game, but his role here is dried up.

In conclusion, the movie is entertaining. It is leveling the standard of video game-based movie up, but still lack of political intrigue that has been the main feature of Assassin’s Creed franchise.

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