There isn't many films worth mentioning that has made a successful transition from console games to the big screens. Assassin's Creed, one of the most well known franchises of the gaming world broke the internet when it was announced that it'll be made into a feature film and with big names such as Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons coming together for this project, the expectation skyrocketed. The trailer too looked mind-blowing with superb cinematography and stellar action sequences. Let's see if the film lived up to its expectations.
Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a criminal who has been given a death sentence for killing a pimp. Surprisingly he's let go off and it's said that it was because he was a law abiding citizen who didn't cause havoc inside the prison. But the truth is that he is rescued from the hands of death by Abstergo Industries an organization that's run by a billionaire. Callum gets to know that he's a direct descendant of Aguilar de Nerha, a member of a secret order of assassins that for centuries have opposed the Templar Order, and introduces him to the Animus Project. Callum is connected to a machine called the Animus that allows him to synchronize with Aguilar's memories so Abstergo can learn the current whereabouts of the Apple of Eden, a device that that is supposed to end violence across humanity.
But not everything goes per plan and being in the Animus, Callum realizes that a few truths that he based his life on were mere lies. Are those from Abstergo really after world peace? Will Aguilar get them the Apple of Eden? Assassin's Creed answers it.
Those who're fans of the game franchise and those who enjoyed the trailer wanted more of the high-flying sequences coupled with free-running, gravity-defying and time-traveling shots and the film does live up to these expectations to a level. The pillar of support for this flick would be its jaw-dropping action scenes. The biggest flaw of this highly anticipated adaptation is the fact that most of the film is based on the current timeline and not in the past, where it's meant to be as that's where the story gets more interesting along with the action.
Though the plot revolves around recovering a device, the story could've dwelt deep into various issues such as how it actually works and when it does work, it's quite baffling, especially to those who aren't familiar with the games. Be it the motives of our hero Callum Lynch/ Aguilar (Micheal Fassbender) or the intriguing father- daughter power struggle between Alan Rikkins (Jeremy Irons) and Sofia (Marion Cotillard), the director Justin Kerzel fails to provide an emotional connect with the film. Yet another department where the director slips majorly is in getting the performances from his lead stars and considering he has a stellar cast, it's disappointing to see them with nothing to offer beyond a one-note performance.
Overall, Assassin's Creed is one of the most well cast video game adaptations which fails due to a weak script and performances.