“Assassin’s Creed” Review

3 January, 2017

Director: Justin Kurzel
Screenwriters: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Director of Photography: Adam Arkapaw
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

Synopsis: A man on death row is sent to a radical testing facility where his ancestry is exploited by a group of scientists. Strapped to a machine which aligns his consciousness with that of an assassin working in the 15th Century, the prisoner finds himself sent on a mission to locate a powerful object.

Assassin’s Creed Review:

A film of missed opportunity directed by a visionary with an eye for combat, “Assassin’s Creed” is a breathtakingly filmed yet disastrously translated movie which sees Michael Fassbender on true blockbuster form in yet another stubborn game-to-film adaptation. Despite being one of the strongest contenders on the market thus far, this latest video game rework limps its way through a jumble of acts as the blank spaces necessary for gameplay are clumsily filled-in by inexperienced writers who are unable to match the grandeur of Justin Kurzel’s initial vision.

“Assassin’s Creed” is a stylistically bold and well-intentioned movie, proposed as the miracle to end the video game curse, and the action rotates and soars in keeping with the rooftop fervour that fans of the franchise have come to expect. The action delights and engages, allowing swivelling bird’s-eye shots to plummet into death-defying drops while Jed Kurzel’s adept film score captures the very essence of his brother’s interpretation. It’s a rare and loyal team-up on the mainstream playing field and undoubtedly the finest craftsmanship to be found within a screenplay that can barely make it past the starting post.

As Fassbender shines in yet another perfectly cast John Doe role, his hot-to-trot approach is wasted on such a badly conceptualised movie. At the most basic level, “Assassin’s Creed” is a dreadfully rendered story with even the most necessary character development falling secondary to big screen action. In a film that feigns complexity in an attempt to justify its surface flash, the role of each character feels arbitrary while their positions are constantly suggested to have a greater significance than they ever possess. Simplicity is the key here, simplicity and humility, and yet both feel lost in a film that’s only out to impress on a surface level.

 

   

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