Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Film Review: Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed
1 January 2017
115 mins
Justin Kurzel (Director)
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Jeremy Irons

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. (IMDB Synopsis)

From the start I should say that, while I had heard of Assassin's Creed prior to the movie, I am not a gamer and have never played it. Therefore, I came to this film with no expectations as to plot and characters, save what I'd seen in the trailers. I wanted to watch it partly from having loved the trailers and partly for Michael Fassbender, who is one of my favourite actors.

I enjoyed everything about Assassin's Creed. The performances were spot on (as you'd expect from such a great cast), the story was gripping, and the special effects were great. It looked good and had an excellent soundtrack, and I came out feeling I could immediately watch it again, so the DVD will certainly be going on my wishlist. Perhaps some die-hard gamers may have gripes, I don't know, but for me, coming to it with no preconceptions, it was perfect.

To conclude, I found Assassin's Creed a captivating fantasy adventure story that I highly recommend to fans of that genre. It left me wanting to join the Creed myself so I could kick ass and do cool jumps off tall buildings!

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