Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

Back before my husband and I became parents, we had all the time in the world to play video games (him) and watch movies/T.V. (me), but now its a rare occasion, and typically only when it is paid for such as gift cards for his games or friends lending us movies to watch, etc. Makes us sound cheap, but it’s just not what we choose to spend money on anymore. Every now and then we get to combine our interests and spend time doing what we both like.

Assassin’s Creed was supposed to be that perfect mix. It wasn’t.assassin_s_creed_movie_poster_2016_by_fincher7-dad26yg

IMDb: Through Abstergo a company that creates a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha (Aguilar Of Nerha), in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins and Templars, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

My Rating: 4.5/10

***SPOILERS***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

My husband used to play this game and really liked it. I would watch over his shoulder sometimes whenever the eagle would caw and his character would take a leap of faith. See I know some of the video game terminology. It sounded like it had such an interesting storyline, I admit I would listen to it at times and find it very entertaining.

When this movie originally came out, my husband was excited to see it, and I can admit, I was, too. If it was anything like the video game then I knew we would have found a happy medium for us both to enjoy. I can also honestly report that I saw extremely let down. The storyline was so superficial, barely scraping the surface of the true potential of what this move could have been.

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and didn’t feel a connection to the characters or the story itself? Like you wouldn’t have cared if any of the characters died, or if their world ended? That’s how I felt. I was literally watching this movie with no emotion or empathy for the main character’s story, so I was extremely bored with it.

Don’t get me wrong, the cinematography and graphics were incredible! The imagery they used as the main character went back in time was awesome. That part of the story was so well thought out. Everything else, not so much. I felt no sadness when the main character’s parents died, or when he was being “executed” because I knew nothing about any of them. They could have been Nobel Peace Prize winners, but I don’t know that. The main character was on death row, that typically means you have done something really bad, but do I care either way? No, because I know nothing about him. Then come to find out in an off-handed comment that he was being executed because he had killed a pimp is somehow supposed to justify it. Again, I really don’t care since you didn’t give anymore explanation.

I swear there were only a few pages of dialog in this movie, and most of it was in Spain-Spanish. There was so much opportunity for character development. Heck, I would have just been happy with plot line and climax development. It seemed like the producers were so focused on the choreography and free-running that they forgot all about a budget for writing and story development.

This movie barely scratched the surface of its true potential. Hopefully they continuing making them with a deeper mindset next go around because I fully believe a movie based on this video game could be incredible!

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