Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed ★★★

Though its production value is high and its cast is game, Justin Kurzel's "Assassin's Creed" makes for an only moderately engaging science-fiction/adventure epic. Based on the video game of the same name, the film check off all the boxes for eye-catching spectacle but lacks the story and characters necessary to excel.

Spanning past and present, "Assassin's Creed" revolves around a man who learns he is connected to an age-old society dedicated to protecting the free will of the world's inhabitants. When a nefarious order attempts to tap into the man's DNA-dictated abilities, he learns to fight back and fight for good.

The premise is rich and allows for a solid mix of science fiction and era-hopping adventure. The production provides costume, color, and soaring set-pieces expected from big-budget entertainment. While the piece's high-flying moments, its action and adventure beats, keep the audience suitably riveted, its story offers little beyond its premise. It unfolds with a paint-by-numbers narrative peopled with cardboard characters.

"Assassin's Creed" might entertain, but it will leave its audience empty. Providing engrossing if hollow spectacle, the work packs an entertaining punch that lacks the narrative underpinnings to make the experience memorable.

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