Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons
Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin’s Creed movie was expected to be the first blockbuster movie entering 2017 instead fell to the ground. The movie is based on Assassin’s Creed gaming franchise and is plotted likewise.
In the film, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) a criminal on death row, is provided a second chance, for being such an honorable citizen (pfft..) and is enlisted into an experimental program by Abstergo Industries, enabling the subject to relive ancestral memories using high-tech virtual reality (Kind of like Matrix). Cal Lynch finds out that he is related to an assassin organization. He is the Aguilar who has been indirectly given a task to find Eden’s apple, a powerful mysterious object, when not indulged in killings. In fact, the apple is a cure to the world violence (Lol). Both, Assassins and Templars (who are bad people) fights over a fruit. The movie easily gives up who is the good guy and who’s been naughty. Which, for a viewer isn’t a great deal as it fails to maintain suspense.
To the real gamers, the plot will not sound confusing but, the film keeps messing around with your head making the story understandable as easy as mastering rocket science in two hours. One thing that falls in movie’s favor is the aesthetics. The makers didn’t miss out to put recognizable elements from the game. The outfits seem flawless and the environments give it a unique spin. The Lab of Abstergo itself is visually impressive. The story keeps looping between modern day and 1492 Spain.
We all have seen Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard’s speechless performances in their earlier ones. Somehow, they fail to portray the same influence in the characters they played. Kurzel has directed Snowtown and Macbeth both depicts his excellent direction but the talent wasn’t seen anywhere in this one. In the middle, the movie loses grip on the audience. But the past is rendered exactly how one would expect from a game based film. The action based blockbuster has only two sequence, which is no doubt are quite striking, where movie tries to resemble like the game.
With an another fallout of gamer movie, how it will impact the future coming films based on games, is concerning for all. It can be assumed as a plot setting part of the franchise clearing the way for a potential thriller sequel. If you are a Fassbender fan or action blockbuster lover or hardcore gamers who love to see, what they play, in theaters, fasten your seatbelts, as this movie will disappoint you all or the flight will not take off.
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