Assassin's Creed [Blu-ray]
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Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender stars in this big-screen action-adventure, based on the wildly popular gaming phenomenon. Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, who experiences the life of his 15th century ancestor through a technology that unlocks his genetic memories. Callum discovers he once belonged to a secret society of assassins and amasses lethal skills to take on the oppressive Templars.
The DVD has 40 minutes extra and the Blu Ray has around 80 minutes.
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Aguilar is a warrior in 15th century Spain, during the Inquisition. An Assassin who fights for freedom against powerful forces seeking to eradicate it, Aguilar possesses incredible Parkour fighting abilities.
500 years later, Aguilar’s memories continue to exist within his descendant Callum Lynch. Once unlocked, Callum experiences these memories in the present day, allowing him to re-live Aguilar’s thrilling adventures, while acquiring his ancestor’s powerful skills.
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I'm a fan of the games myself, I play them and have really enjoyed the franchise as a whole, that being said I went into this with an open mind, unlike allot of people I think. over the year's I've learned to separate film from game, if you can do this you can enjoy the films based on games allot better I think.
On first viewing the movie I was left feeling a little bit lack lustre, I wasn't really sure if I liked it or not, but upon a second viewing I feel in love with it. you can't fault Fassbender performance, he really, REALLY saves this film with his performance and it did leave me hungry for more.
I think thats the fault with all films like this and there's just not enough time in one movie to fully explore everything. I want to know more, do Fassbender and his rag tag team rebuild the brotherhood? what do they do with the apple, basically what the heck happens next?
I really, really want a second and third movie to find out more about the charter's because the film feels like the opening act with a promise for so much more which, if they go ahead with a second movie I think they can deliver.
It also has the benefit of Justin Kurzel, whose version of Macbeth was genuinely excellent. Kurzel films everything with a well-framed, very dramatic pace, his camera swooping and diving to follow the many athletic stunts, but rarely obscuring them in the way Michael Bay does in his Transformers pics.
The plot has the potential to confuse, but is well explained by the various supporting characters and it takes inspiration from the various Assassins Creed games, although perhaps most heavily from the first. Fans (myself included) will be delighted with the parkour, leaping assassinations and fantastic stunt work as the characters carry out their missions and escapes with athletic grace and dazzling aggression. There are also several laughs in there for the series' fans, with in jokes like a smashed pigeon coop during one particularly exciting chase sequence.
The locations are gorgeous, and well utilised (although there are perhaps one or two soaring bird moments too many).
The characters are also better fleshed out here than most video game adaptations - feeling like they actually have personalities and motivations in most cases. The portrayal of The Animus is extremely fun and much more cinematic than the series standby of a shiny bed, and Fassbender commits to the hallucinatory after-effects with vigour as well.
The film has three very exciting major action sequences that really get the blood roaring, and elevate this above the usual crop.
But there it stops. Oddly, everything falls badly apart for the final ten minutes of the film, where the enemy appear to stop caring about trying to stop the Assassins - even with blatant imminent danger right in front of them - and all attempts to catch them effectively cease as well.
This renders what should have been the most dramatic scene of the film such a damp squib that, for me, it turned a five star movie into four. What harmed it even more was the arrogant presumption on the part of the studio that it would be successful enough to guarantee a sequel. This leads to a character changing allegiances twice in ten minutes and setting up a blatant sequel-bait motivation that doesn't work even if the screenplay is viewed in the most charitable way possible.
You get the impression that Kurzel and co were allowed to run a fantastic race and were then stopped at the last hurdle so the studio could work out how to keep the money train rolling. It's a bad decision and one that severely hurts the movie.
Luckily, what's gone before is exciting and propulsive enough that I'd still recommend giving it a go.
As for the movie itself, as a huge fan of Assassin's Creed, from the first to the latest. I was a little worried for this film. Video game films usually aren't good. But I went into it as a neutral person, trying to pretend that I never played the games. It was an alright experience. The action sequences are good (except when they jump to the "animus" scenes with Fassbender jumping around") and the story is okay. It's no where near as bad as other video game movies, but it's not what I expect from a series which has so much lore and possibilty surrounding it. And you won't watch it mor than once unless you are getting drunk with a few mates and this is all you own. It's a one ride sort of movie. Is it worth £10? Probably not, I'd suggest renting it out.
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