Assassin’s Creed was one of my very first games. And then Assassin’s Creed 2 came around, a game that elevated the action genre to a whole new level. It’s a shame to say that none of the excitement that is a staple in these games is found in the Assassin’s Creed film. I’ll give the film credit; the stunts are very well choreographed and do add a little adrenaline into scenes that require any sense of life. However, the story around this impressive feature is not cohesive in the slightest.
The script manages to perform the task of trying to be overly ambiguous, and yet lazy at the same time. Its most unfortunate feature is its dialogue. It lacks charisma and timing, leading to many interactions between characters that had the audience unintentionally giggling. With Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons making up a great cast, they are forced to churn out bland delivery, with often times laughable performances. Not to say it’s their fault. The script truly brings Assassin’s Creed down. For instance, the soul of the games was the sequences which were set in the past. But for a strange reason, this aspect makes up a defining minority of the film’s story. The Spanish Inquisition should be a driving force in the movie, and NOT support what is three quarters of this film: an oddly-paced and boring Abstergo plotline.
Assassin’s Creed lacks a tightened script and manages to both lack fan service and try too hard. For this, you can take a Leap of Faith and avoid another misstep in the video game adaptation realm.
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