It’s not an adaptation worthy of Ubisoft’s best-selling game franchise. But Assassin’s Creed the movie is far from being too awful to watch.
Assassin’s Creed Synopsis
Callum Lynch is sentenced to death for suspected murder but is rescued from execution by the mysterious Abstergo Foundation. Within Abstergo’s facility in Madrid, Callum learns the foundation is actually a front for the Templars, and that the Templars are looking for the Apple, an artefact with the genetic code for free will. He is subsequently forced to enter the Animus, a device that allows him to relive the memories of his assassin ancestor Aguilar. Through these memories, Callum learns the truth about his lineage. He also absorbs Aguilar’s deadly abilities, before determining the location of the Apple.
I read so many bad things about Assassin’s Creed the movie before watching it. For a few days in succession, Flipboard notifications directed me to one condemning review after another. One of these went as far as to describe audience responses as a total bloodbath.
Well, the movie is no masterpiece, that’s for sure. But neither is it the worst action film or worst video game movie adaptation I’ve ever watched.
In fact, I even fail to understand why some reviews condemned the plot as messy and overplotted, when it was obviously a condensation.
You see, by retaining only the core of the conflict, that of the Assassins’ eternal feud with the Knights Templar, the story is no more than a standard orphan-to-victim-to-hero saga. You don’t need to work too hard to understand what’s going on. All you need to do is to sit back and enjoy the occasional action sequences.
Towards the end, you even get the assurance that all bad guys are going to get their due deserves. To facilitate that, Callum goes all flashy with sleek assassin moves and hidden shiny blades. On this, I think none of the effects involving him were too shabby. Even if all were a little dull.
For me, that’s more than enough for a game-to-movie adaptation. Frankly, I feel it is a little … silly to expect anything more, as some viewers are doing.
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