Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Assassin's Creed" Review by Tim Hellman

'ASSASSIN'S CREED': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Another video game adaptation; this one revolves around an ancient society of assassins, that defend the world against the evil (and oppressive) Templars. The movie stars Michael Fassbender (who also co-produced the film), Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling and Michael K. Williams. It was directed by Justin Kurzel (who also directed Fassbender in last year's new 'MACBETH' adaptation); and it was scripted by Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. The film's received mostly negative reviews from critics, and it's also bombed at the Box Office. I think it's no better than any other poorly made video game movie adaptation (but it is better cast).

Callum Lynch (Fassbender) is set to be executed for his horrendous crimes, when he's rescued by employees working for the corporation Abstergo Industries. Callum later learns that he's the descendant of an ancient order of assassins, that have always defended the world from the oppressive Templar Order. He also learns that Abstergo Industries are the modern-day incarnation of the Templar Order, and they plan to use a new technology to unlock his genetic memories (of his ancestors from 15th century Spain). They plan to use this information to lead them to a powerful ancient weapon (which can also be used for peace).

Like most video game movies, the plot is excessively complicated and pointless; who cares about any of it, except nerds with nothing better to do. Fassbender is dependably good in anything, and the rest of the cast is always reliably talented as well, but they're all wasted here. The movie is completely uninvolving, uninspiring and worst of all boring. One of the greatest crimes an action film can commit is to be incredibly dull. While the visuals are certainly cool, this movie is still guilty of this horrendous crime.

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