A quality movie based on a popular video game is the unicorn of the Hollywood industry. Everyone believes they can prove there is a worthy adaptation that exists and can make the leap from the game console to the big screen. Some films like the Resident Evil franchise has tapped into the horror genre, but most die-hard fans of the games series would say the films are average even in their best moments. For the most part though we are left with duds and bombs like Prince of Persia, Max Payne and worst of all Super Mario Bros. Up next looking to buck the trend is Fox and Ubisoft’s collaboration Assassin’s Creed. Based on the hit game series, the film is basically a remake of the gameplay with a former death row inmate tapping into his ancestors conscience living out memories of his Assassin kin or the Creed as they are called in 15th Century Madrid.
With Michael Fassbender attached to play dual roles as modern-day Cal and ancient warrior Aguilar, many thought this could be the film both fans and critics would love. Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed is just another film in a long line of bad video game adaptations. The failure of this work isn’t for a lack of trying. The cast is full of strong actor besides Fassbender including Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Kenneth Williams of The Wire fame. The studio didn’t go cheap, which has been a problem in past video game adaptations so the sets and action pieces are well done when they are happening. The problem with Assassin’s Creed is the audience spends too much time in the modern world where nothing really happens except Cal coming to realize what the audience already knows. He’s a killer meant to protect some silly artifact in the past, present and future.
The excitement level in Assassin’s Creed does rise when Cal is living through the memories of his ancestor Aguilar as he tries to protect the thing his Creed holds most sacred. The problem is every time you get invested in the 15th Century storyline, you are abruptly pulled out of it just like Cal and forced to wait it out in boring modern times. The creators behind this film may have stuck to the game’s mythology when creating this film, but Assassin’s Creed definitely doesn’t translate to the screen like fans would have hoped for. So for now The Angry Birds Movie is still your reigning video game movie champion. How sad is that?
Overall, I give Assassin’s Creed 1.5 out of 4 stars.
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