Cert: 12A Runtime: 115 mins Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Ariane Labed, Denis Menochet and Brendan Gleeson
We eat our food, take our pills and wait to die. The war is over, pioneer
Justin Kurzel dazzled the world with his rendition of Macbeth (ironically with the two leads here). Truly a promising director for this age of cinema. Then he had to be bastardised and make a potential franchise movie, it’s happened to a few of great directors. Since Kurzel made this film truly we would be able to witness more flair from him? What is Assassin’s Creed about you ask? Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a dangerous criminal scheduled for execution – but his life is saved when he’s rescued by the mysterious Abstergo Industries, the modern day equivalent of the Knights Templar. Under the instruction of scientist Sophia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard) and her CEO father Alan (Jeremy Irons), Callum is forced to take part in the Animus Project, whereby the company taps into his genetic memories. Soon Callum is reliving the deadly, action-packed life of his 15th century ancestor Aguilar, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Soon he gains the skills and knowledge to confront the present-day Templars who have him trapped.
Some critics were very harsh with Assassin’s Creed! My initial thought was it’s entertaining but crap. As I stewed over it, I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought. Kurzel gives the film a very interesting flair and similar shots to Macbeth. Obviously for a wider audience he wasn’t going to be too artistic. The action sequences were executed very well. The transition from a rigged shot to free hand was irritating and gave me a headache. The editing makes it even more nauseating, but when he stuck to the same sort of shots I liked it. Cast wise personally Fassbender and Cotillard give very stagnant performances for their calibre. They provided the depth their characters required but you weren’t think this is Cal or Sophia, just Marion and Michael. The run time flies by as the action and the momentum pump Assassin’s to the finish line. My biggest issue was the ending! It was so bland not at all entertaining, it sets up a sequel no doubt but it was pretty dull. Check out Assassin’s Creed if you want some fun action!