Assassin’s Creed Reviewed By Cam Eagle

The Premise
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organisation in the present day.

The Review
Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is chosen for a Virtual Reality experience that is so real to Lynch that it stimulates hallucinations which he sometimes fights.

Central to the quest is the location of an apple from the Garden of Eden. Finding this apple will unlock secrets that imprison Lynch. Having an assassin for a descendent goes some way in explaining Lynch’s predisposition to violence explains. This explosive leaning makes Lynch a perfect candidate; however it could also blow his chances of completing the mission. Commenting on how Lynch is spiraling out of control, a guard says, “all we are doing is feeding the beast.” Ironically an end of pain is being sought through many painful encounters.

Awesome sweeping vistas create a backdrop for exciting action scenes such as running across washing lines and massive free falls.

As always Fassbender delivers a great performance as a believable rough criminal. Some limited character development is explored through different relationships being weaved through the movie.

As a non-gamer I could still relate to the movie however if I was into the games I may have felt drawn into the movie more.

The Verdict
While Assassin’s Creed is an intriguing original story that doesn’t follow the storyline of the adventure video games, it will not be one of my top favourite movies of the year.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 1st January 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 115 minutes 
Genre:  Fantasy, Action
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons
Director: Justin Kurzel (MacBeth)

The Extras
The film features the highest free fall performed by a stuntman in almost 35 years. The stuntman Damien Walters performed a free fall from the height of 125 feet (38 meters), which lasted almost 3 seconds with a 61 mph impact speed.

This movie is based on a game with the same name. The actor Michael Fassbender had never played any of the nine games in the series until just before filming commenced; he didn't even know that the games existed until he was hired by Ubisoft.

Robert Downey Jr. was rumoured to appear in the film as Leonardo da Vinci.

The story of the film will be a new screenplay written specifically for this purpose, allowing Ubisoft to develop unique stories for the big screen while maintaining their stories on our small screens.

The Assassins costumes took 2-3 months to make and were all hand-crafted. There are eight versions of each costume, with an entire costume team devoted to each of the Assassins.

Ubisoft gave the prop makers a detailed list of every weapon ever made for the games that they could use as a guide.

As one of the producers, Michael Fassbender lobbied to have Justin Kurzel direct the movie following their work on Macbeth (2015). Fassbender also chose Marion Cotillard to be his co-star again.

Fassbender was attracted to the project because he wanted to do a fantasy film that was rooted in science, and also thought the idea of Templars vs. Assassins was intriguing.