Thursday, January 5, 2017

Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed is a movie based on a video game which should have been a red flag for me, but to be fair it was probably better than a Donkey Kong or Pac Man movie.

Michael Fassbender stars as a troubled man who is executed in prison early in the movie. We later find out that his death was staged and he was preserved by a secret organization that need him for their experiment since he is a direct descendant of ancient Spanish Assassins. They have a machine which allows him to transport back in time so he can experience what his ancestor in Spain experienced. In this movie there is an ongoing battle between the Templars and the Assassins. The Templars are trying to find the original apple from Eden which is made of gold and contains a DNA code that will some how allow the them to take away free will from mankind and thus eliminate violence.

This movie had a great cast with several distinguished actors but I just had a hard time getting into it. I also got tired of watching a CG hawk fly around in so many of the transition scenes.

The parts of this movie I enjoyed the most were when the main character transported to Spain during the inquisition. The fighting and escape scenes in Spain were more entertaining than the modern day parts of the movie. I also didn't care for the ambiguity of trying to determine who the heroes and villains were. Both the Assassins and Templars seemed like jerks with bad intentions but the movie obviously features the assassin's viewpoint.

I am usually a sucker for time travel movies but I can only give Assassin's Creed 6.3 stars.
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