After nine, different videogames that have kept us busy between 2007 and 2016, Assassin’s Creed arrives at cinema. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), the movie follows the adventures of Callum Lynch and his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, shifting between present and the Spain of the fifteenth century. The main character is played by Michael Fassbender (X-Men Apocalypse), who has already worked with Kurzel in Macbeth (2015). Watch out, SPOILER ahead.
It’s not worth to explain the plot because two of the main characters, the scientist Sophia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard) and her father, the CEO of Abstergo Industries and Templar Alan Rikkin (Jeremy Irons), keep speaking about their purpose over and over again, avoiding any risk of shocking the audience. The storyline is so much explained to appear, at the very end, almost without any sense – I’m referring to the last reckoning in London. And, if something it has not been said by some characters during the movie, it has been written at the very beginning. No way to be surprised.
Another problem are the fighting scenes, that aren’t involving at all; the “historical” ones are pretty much unintelligible, because of not clear framing, dust, darkness and capes hiding the fighters, while much more interesting are their reproduction in the Animus. However, the very last one, set in the Abstergo building, left me uncertain, due to the ease with which a pack of dangerous assassins find tons of deadly weapons. A positive aspect I’ve appreciated is the use of the Spanish language in the historical part, making those scenes a little more plausible.
Assassin’s Creed left me very disappointed as it doesn’t manage to have the same appeal of the videogames or to be a thrilling action movie or to be remarkable for the actors’ performances. Just advised for the fan of Fassbender’s body.
Funny trivia: while Michael Fassbender stars as the main character of the cinematographic adaptation of Assassin’s Creed videogames’ series, his partner Alicia Vikander has been chosen to play Lara Croft in the cinematographic reboot of Tomb Raider saga. After watching Assassin’s Creed I’m a little bit scared.