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Assassin's Creed (2016)

Assassin's Creed (2016)

A movie for the video game with the same name? You know how these movies usually turn out right? Usually... not all that good.

Though I've never played the game with the same name, I think you could say the same thing about this one. I have a hard time believing this is what the game is really all about. It seems to play with the narrative of the game from a more 'modern' perspective, like half the movie takes place outside the game - looking into the game, and though it's an interesting approach it also takes away from the first-person perspective.

You don't relate as much. You're outside the loop. It's like the main character's just living someone else's life until the end, and when it really begins... it's over. Too much time's spent in the machine - on delving into the past, and too little on the present.

People say (at least one good buddy does) that Michael Fassbender never disappoints, but even if he is intense I don't feel like he's the right person for this role. He doesn't have the moves. The fighting choreography feels fake and stylized. The motions between real, and DNA (fake), feels... well, fake.

The whole movie has a somewhat saturated and fuzzy tone, like they tried to emulate the graphics from the game, and I wish they hadn't.

The plot and style remind of Tomb Raider a bit (Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, discovering he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society), but without the comedy to contrast the darker moments, without clarity and good character, and with that sort of sci-fi haze that seems to stay through the entire film.... it's not as good as Tomb Raider at all.

As far as games turned to movies goes that's one of few titles that did it right. This did have it's moments: certain characters, the old, and the ending twist... but it's not enough. It just wasn't done the right way.

 rated 2/5: decent


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