Hello everyone and welcome back to another Movie review. First off I want to say I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families, and if you don't celebrate Christmas then I hope you had a great weekend! Today we will be reviewing the new movie: Assassin's Creed.
But what is Assassin's Creed?
Cal Lynch travels back in time to 15th-century Spain through a revolutionary technology that unlocks the genetic memories contained in his DNA. There, he lives out the experiences of Aguilar de Nerha, a distant relative who's also a member of the Assassins, a secret society that fights to protect free will from the power-hungry Templar Order. Transformed by the past, Cal begins to gain the knowledge and physical skills necessary to battle the oppressive organization in the present.
Assassin's Creed sometimes is visually a nice movie. Set partly back in 15th-century Spain and partly in 2016. The CGI is done rather well and brings the 15th-century city of Spain to life. It does lack a little in the story as the Assassins goes head to head against the Templar Order. It also has nice CGI memories/hologram stuff, though it sometimes is hard to see because of all the CGI mist/smoke. The fight scenes are done rather nicely as well. They do a good job of making it look good and keeping with an 'assassin' kind of fighting style. Overall an okay movie for older members of the family.
Assassin's Creed is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements, and brief strong language
Things to Consider before watching the movie:
Violence: Assassin's creed is on the more violent side of a PG-13 movie. People are stabbed, shot, burned, a few get their neck slit/stabbed. But not a lot of blood is seen in the movie except at the end when a guy is seen in a growing pool of blood.
Cult: There is cult feel to it, it's not an overpowering cult feel but the element is defiantly present and felt. We are introduced to the cult element rather early in the movie.
Swearing: There is little swearing in the movie. Twice Sh** was said and Once the F word was used.
Other Negatives: In the beginning of the movie we see Cal's mom killed. At first it appears to be like a cult kind of sacrifice but we find out later that it is not. There are three-time jumps within the first 20 minutes.
Warning! Spoilers and Opinions lay Beyond! Enter at your own Risk
So this was one of the movies I was looking forward to this year. I've never played the games and I know next to nothing about the franchise. All I knew was that I liked the way the assassin's looked. But I can't say I really liked the movie. It's a little confusing. It's almost like two movies in one, which is kind of annoying. I did not like the cult element in it, the Assassin's are trying to protect the worlds Freewill while the Templers are trying to take that away, needless to say both had some interesting views. The movie also had this smoke kind of effect when they jumped from the memories to present day which made it hard to see and that was annoying. I know that the smokiness had to be there because they where using projections (And if you have even been to Disneyland and went on the Indiana Jones ride you know that light-projections need mist to work). But what made it annoying was that they would jump from the past to the present mist filled room which made it very hard to see and follow as the flipped from back and forth. We are given very little back-story to the main character as to why was he the way he was (besides that his mother was killed by his father). And another thing, the main guy Cal jumps sides rather quickly without any real reason. First he is on the side of the Templers and wants to destroy the Assassin's Creed, because it was their fault his mother was killed, and then after a smoky vision/hallucination where he sees his ancestors and his mother, he decided to switch sides. The plot is very slow for most of the movie but towards the end speeds up to in unsatisfying ending that leaves you feeling let down and thinking "is that it?". Overall it's not the best movie in the world. But it's not the worst. It's just okay, if you can ignore the cult elements.