Assassin's Creed Reviews
Fantastic effects, awesome cast.
Unfortunately the latter doesn't make up for the former
I like the games and was excited for this movie but what I got was average. The first 90 minutes can be slow at times and it isn't until the last 20-30 minutes things start heating up. I must admit the ending surprised me as the movie suddenly gained some life and saved it essentially. I felt that there was personally not enough time spent in the animus world, the world we spend the most time in in the games and the setting we most looked forward to. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are the main characters and do a good job acting with a plot that isn't so great. I did enjoy the shots of the eagle flying about, a neat nod to the video games and we did get to see the leap of faith but this was not close to enough to warrant a rating of 4 stars or higher. Assassins Creed is a well-choreographed action movie that won't wow you in theaters but is worth giving a chance.
In my opinion the base appeal of the game series is that the player gets to relive history and famous events as if they were present at the time. The games spend about 10% of their storyline in the present and the rest is set in whichever historical time period you are playing. The movie was just about the opposite for me. You spend such an excessive amount of time in the present that you almost forget that the core of the story is the ability to relive an ancestor's memories. While I will say that the action sequences we did see were very well filmed and did make me imagine that I was playing along, there was a immense shortage of those sequences. Another main attraction of the Assassin's Creed games is the free-running, the fighting, the climbing... something I was hoping to see lots of. In the end we saw what, two or three instances? Absolutely not what I was hoping for.
Not the worst movie I've ever seen, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're a fan of the games, as it completely takes what we love to experience and disregards it in favour of a mostly boring psychological/moral struggle.
Also, They spent no time doing character development, you didn't care about any of the characters, so if they died it didn't matter.For a movie that was already planning a sequel while filming the first movie you would think that more time would be devoted to developing the characters, telling a good story. The reason that The Lord of the Rings worked out so well is because, yes the first movie was slow, little action, but they spent a lot of time telling the story to where you understood the main characters, their roles, and making you have a connection in some way.
Next, going back and forth from the animus to reality was too much. The game focused more on the past. In the game you honed your skills and lived the life of Enzio. When the Templars killed his family he sought answers and wanted revenge. This is why the early games has millions of followers...the story grabs you and pulls you in...this movie doesnt..they rushed a perfectly good story and there was no need to.