There have certainly been some mixed reviews for Assassin’s Creed, but as with all movie adaptations of games, it is inevitable that there is going to be a lot of negativity for the movie.
So putting the other reviews to one side, I popped over to Cineworld in Llandudno for a New Year’s Day screening of the movie, just to check it out for myself and to bring you my personal thoughts on Assassin’s Creed.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch 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 organisation in the present day.
Assassin’s Creed 3D
So after booking my ticket the other week, last night I donned my Polaroid 3D glasses and prepared myself for the movie. First of all, I would like to point out that I have played a couple of the video games, with the first game always being my favourite, so I was familiar with the idea of the movie version.
The movie starts with us being introduced to a young Cal Lynch (played by Angus Brown) and the shock that awaits him when he returns home to his mother (played by Essie Davies) and father (played by Brian Gleeson), we are also introduced to some early parkour for the film as Cal runs across the town’s rooftops, a vision of things to come and an early nod to the games.
Several years down the line we are introduced to an older Cal (played by Michael Fassbender) and this is where the movie really starts to bring the video games to life.
Cal is taken to the facility where he will connect to the Animus, a device that allows him to relive his ancestor’s memories in an attempt to discover the truth and the location of the “Apple of Eden“!
Assassin’s Creed is one of those games that I really enjoy and I have to say that I also really enjoyed the movie adaptation, Michael Fassbender is brilliant as Cal and when he regresses during his time attached to the Animus and he becomes Aguilar you get the feeling that he is enjoying his role. The parkour stunts are really nicely choreographed as they run along the rooftops and have brought the game’s visuals to life on the big screen in 3D.
All those elements that I love in the game are there, the parkour, fight sequences, those moments of the Assassins riding the horses and even the key thing that many have talked about from the games, the leap of faith.
Add to the movie a great cast list which includes Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, The Dark Knight Rises), Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Batman v Superman), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Gangs of New York) and Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess, Dexter), Assassin’s Creed is not as bad as some other critics would have you think, in my personal opinion anyway.
This is a movie that is fun, exciting and doesn’t have to explain itself too much, with it’s superb stunt work, special fx and amazing locations in Malta and Spain the fun is a visual delight to watch, add to that the RealD 3D and you get a good sense of depth during the parkour sequences as the camera pans across the rooftops and follows the Assassins as then leap across the buildings.
If you are a fan of the games, then you most probably like Assassin’s Creed, even if you have never played them the film is a great way to escape everyday life and take a chance on an adventure in far off lands and a time in history when so much was very different.