Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed ★★★

I don't play video games and have never really enjoyed any of the films that have been spin-offs from them. With that in mind, Assassin's Creed was a bit of a mystery to me, and aside from the odd television advert for the different editions of the games, I hadn't a clue about the mythology or the origins of what became a hugely successful franchise for Ubisoft. I was probably one of the few that went into the movie blind and without prejudice, and for once, I wasn't disappointed in the outcome.
Assassins and Templars, battling each other down the centuries for a piece of fruit? Sounds silly doesn't it, but aren't most video games based around outlandish notions? I've never seen a colourful hedgehog who answers to the name of Sonic running around the streets, or crossed paths with an Italian carpenter/plumber called Mario with Japanese parentage who jumps everywhere like he's on speed, so does that Assassins and Templars face/off sound anything really that out of the ordinary? I actually liked Assassin's Creed the movie, I'm biased of course because Marion Cotillard is one of my favourite actresses and Fassbender, Gleeson, and Irons are all fine actors who don't mind slumming it once in a while in a blockbuster piece of nonsense. The plot couldn't be more complicated, the action flits between clever science fiction and 15th century Spain where there's a lot of stabbing, burning, and jumping around. There's a touch of virtual reality and a machine that lets the user experience their ancestors memories, told you it was nuts, but it's entertaining nonetheless. It's choreographed beautifully, Fassbender really steps up as the hero/anti-hero (can't quite decide which), and the action sequences are very impressive. It looks stylish, although as a novice to the whole Assassin's Creed world, I did find it confusing at times. I'm not sure that there will be sequels, but if Fassbender and Cotillard come back for more mayhem, then I'll be in.

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