I start by telling you that I am not a fan of the video game movie adaptations. I would also like to say that I am a fan of Michael Fassbender and Marione Cotillard. I have never played Assassins Creed and knew very little about the game and it’s storyline.Video games continue to be made into film because there is a wide audience to target and therefore money to be made. The recent figures show that Tombraider has made the most money and currently sits at number one. This is however based on total amount of money grossed, so more recent films have a long time to catch up. Assassins creed has already made it to number 13 based on current sales. Warcraft is the only adaption to make it into the top 200 of all time. Does this really prove anything? not really as quality of film doesn’t always relate to amount of money grossed. Shawshank Redemption is an example of a great film which did poorly at the box office. Suicide Squad which was absolutely slated, but grossed a large amount of money.
The basic storyline is very simple. A boy named Cal sees his father kill his mother. Fast forward 30 years and the boy is now heading towards death via lethal injection as a convicted murderer. He wakes up to find that he isn’t in hell or heaven but a place where he will be taken back many generations to a time when his ancestor was an assassin. He is conected to a machine which allows him to move back in time although his body remains in the present. He is part of a group called Assassins creed. That is my basic understanding of the story before it all gets confusing and boring. You will guess that I am not a fan of this film or it’s genre. I couldn’t quite grasp where all the characters fit in and how they were trying meet their aim of getting rid of violence from the world. It probably didnt help that I drifted off a number of times during the film.
The films ending opens it up for a sequel, but I think it will be tough attracting the same stars to this film. Maybe this was an introduction allowing for better story lines in another installment? The performances are pretty good and Fassbender does well with the role. He certainly conveys a crazy murderer very well. Gleeson plays his father in later life and does well as a cool and calculated killer. It is not all that it seems as Cals mothers death is not quite as straight forward as it looks.
Im sure there will be many fans, but unfortunately I am not one of them.