Assassin's Creed

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Assassin's Creed is arguably better made (and certainly better cast) than most video game adaptations; unfortunately, the CGI-fueled end result still is still a joylessly overplotted slog.



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Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. ASSASSIN'S CREED stars Academy Award (R) nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN'S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.


Michael Fassbender
as Cal Lynch/Aguilar de Nerha
Brendan Gleeson
as Joseph Lynch
Khalid Abdalla
as Sultan Muhammad XII
Carlos Bardem
as Benedicto
Javier Gutiérrez
as Tomas de Torquemada
Essie Davis
as Mary Lynch
Julio Jordan
as General Ramirez
Angus Brown
as Young Cal
Kemaal Deen-Ellis
as Prince Ahmed
Thomas Camilleri
as King Ferdinand
Marysia S. Peres
as Queen Isabella
Jeff Mash
as Prison Warden
James Sobol Kelly
as Priest (Father Raymond)
Gabriel Andreu
as Christopher Columbus
Yuric Allison
as Muhammad's Official
Joe Kennard
as Abstergo Guard
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  • Sep 26, 2017
    Assassin's Creed is one of the best video games I have played. While it becomes a tad mundane due to the repetition over the course of all the iterations, the stories were always fun and the action intense. However, it's yet another instance where a video game adaptation to the silver screen suffers from a lack of depth, emotion, and imagination that comes when playing for hours on a machine instead of watching for two. The mood from the get go is somber and muted. The colors are these dull greys, golds, and chromatic offerings that don't translate to when our main character transfers out of the real world and into his fantasy world like the game was so successful at. The cast is impeccable for a video game movie, but it's upsetting to see such little acting come out of any of the big players. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cottilard, and Jeremy Irons deserve to be in Oscar pictures. The CGI-fueled Assassin's Creed has bits and pieces here from the game that make someone like me, who has played them before, ooo and aahh. But there's just too much exposition and dialogue for anyone else to get bored with. The story is too elusive for one film and though it sets it up for a second, I don't think there's a need to continue this in the theater as much as there is to continue it on the Xbox.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2017
    I have the advantage of multiple Assassin's Creed games under my belt, and even to me it was nonsense. Wastes an INCREDIBLE cast on what will wind up contributing to the seemingly never-ending pile of lacklustre videogame adaptations.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2017
    I had huge expectations for this one and yet again the video game to movie doesn't translate. It is a simple case of the right story being created for the film, just make the game with all the plot points. I know as a fan of games I would like to show someone else who doesn't game why it's so awesome. These movies are making it hard to showcase the dynamic game story that eats away hours of my life. This was tedious and boring, the games aren't boring so why the drastic shakeup here?
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2017
    It's a movie based on a game so it will never be good anyway. In that respect then, it features a cast that is too good, and a thoroughly confusing plot. Given Ubi Soft and their involvement, a broken and unfinished product is something they are fantastic at giving us and this film doesn't disappoint in that regard.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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