Wednesday, December 21, 2016
FF Movie Review: Assassin's Creed (B+)
Can you imagine how exciting, or scary, it would be to tap into your DNA to actually see who your ancestors were via your bloodline, and live through their experiences as if it's occurring right now? That's the premise of Assassin's Creed. In this film adaptation of the popular video game, Michael Fassbender stars as Callum, a man who has a criminal life and is resigned to accepting his fate in the punishment of the death penalty. But he is saved by a secret society that knows about his ancestor who was an exemplary Spanish Assassin name Aguilar. The Assassin's Creed brotherhood was recruited to protect a mysterious object that is the origin of free will. The Templars is another secret group that wants to control this object, and thus, control society. Sofia, played by Marion Cotillard, oversees the Animus science project which mentally transports Callum to the 15th century and he quickly develops phenomenal fighting and parkour skills which will come in handy when he comes to learn the truth of why the Abstergo Foundation wants him. (edit suggestions thanks to ButMadNNW)
Assassin's Creed is a very mature film for the video game adaptation genre. It's an intelligent film, making it a stand out from your typical video game film adaptation. The more you're familiar with the video game itself, the more the plot between the Assassin's and the Templars make sense. There's enough intrigue, suspension, and unanswered questions to justify sequels. The action was first rate and the parkour sequences were breathtaking. Michael did a great job with Callum, especially with the physicality of the fight scenes.
Go see Assassin's Creed and ignore the negative reviews from critics who are on auto-pilot when it comes to being negative towards films in the video game genre. This is not a Merchant-Ivory production, however, it is a step above the usual video games in its maturity, lack of gushing blood, no extreme foul language, no snarky one liners, and no sex. It's just a straight forward, cerebral, sci-fi/fantasy film that prompts you to think about how our DNA developed over millennium can tell us who we really are and what we're capable of doing by instinct once its awakened within us.