By Shelby Fielding (Lubbock, Texas, US)

 

Assassin’s Creed: The Terrible History of Video Game Movies Continues

Assassin’s Creed is directed by Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and Brendan Gleeson. This film tells the story of Cal Lynch, and him discovering this amazing technology that allows him to go back into time to relive the memories of his ancestors. He then learns that he is a descendent of a mysterious secret society called the Assassins. This empowers him with incredible knowledge and skills in the present day that allow him to battle the oppressive organization known as the Templars. This is a terrible film that suffers from unimaginative changes to its source material, a lack of tone, a lack of fulfillment, unfulfilled character motivations, and a bunch of filmmaking errors. Yet, it’s still the best video game movie ever made.

Let me start first by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of the Assassin’s Creed video games, but I made sure to take someone who is a huge fan of the games with me. And, when this movie ended I honestly had never seen him hate a film so much. He honestly said this film deserves an F because it offended him so much. Due to its lack of familiarity and relationship to the original source material. Which I appreciated and disagreed with, because while I appreciate them trying to be original with their script, I still believe when you make a film based off of a source material it still has to reflect that material. The material doesn’t have to be identical to the film, but it should contain influence on the film. There’s not even Easter eggs in this film that relate to the video games.

This film also suffers because of its tone. It tries to make this film so serious, and gives it these very mature themes. When in fact it should be a fun big budget film. The filmmaking it atrocious as well. There is some terrible use of editing in this film with rapid edits used during its action scenes, and confusing transitions between the films settings. The directing is okay in the film. It’s very lackluster in its way of shot setup, but does have some interesting shot sequences involving the dialogue of the film. Which leads me to the performances in this film, which are definitely not terrible. They are okay, but it’s hard to take them seriously due to its lack of tone and development. Michael Fassbender is trying really hard to make this a good film, as well as Marion Cotillard. But, they fall short and with the script they were given I don’t blame them. It’s not a terrible film, because there are some interesting sequences, and some interesting plot points. But, overall it’s messy and confusing. In comparison to past video game films it deserves to be Oscar nominated. Since we’re not comparing them though, they definitely shouldn’t give it one.

Assassin’s Creed is viewed as a giant atrocious abomination for a lot of people who are fans of the video game franchise. But, to me it’s a very unfulfilling film that suffers from a lot of inner working problems. It has good sequences in the film that actually can excite you, but they are followed by disappointing scenes that are filled with terrible character development, a messy script, and choppy filmmaking. Assassin’s Creed is one of the best video game movies thus far, but it still sucks and suffers from past films mistakes.

I’m going to give Assassin’s Creed a D. What did you think of Assassin’s Creed? What’s your favorite video game movie? What game do you want to see on the big screen next? Let me know down in the comments below and as always have a blessed day.

Rating: 1/5

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