It’s not an adaptation worthy of the best-selling game franchise. But Assassin’s Creed the movie is far from being too awful to watch.
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 then made 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 ancestry. He also absorbs Aguilar’s deadly abilities, before determining the location of the Apple.
I’ve read so many bad things about Assassin’s Creed, the movie, since the day it hit the screens. 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 was it the worst action film or worst game adaptation I’ve ever watched. To be honest, I actually fail to understand why some reviews condemned the plot as messy and overplotted, when it was obviously a condensation. 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. You sit back and you enjoy the occasional action sequences. Towards the end, you get the assurance all bad guys are going to get their due deserves. When that happens, you know the hero is going to go all flashy with sleek assassin moves and hidden shiny blades. For the record, none of the effects were too shabby.
To me, that’s more than enough for a game to movie adaptation. Frankly, I feel it is a little … silly to expect anything more.
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