Assassin’s Creed (2016)

assaDirector: Justin Kurzel

Writer: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams, Denis Menochet, Essie Davis

 

Plot: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Poor Video Game Adaptation

 

Story: Assassin’s Creed starts by looking at the secret assassin that Aguilar (Fassbender) was part of in the 16th century before we meet a young Cal who witnesses his mother murdered by what can only be described as a mysterious assassin that his father Joseph (Gleeson) has become.

Cal (Fassbender) grown up finds himself on death row now ready to get the lethal injection for capital murder charge. Awaking from his death Cal finds Dr Sofia (Cotillard) waiting for him in an advanced scientific laboratory.

Cal gets forced into the program where he will learn the memories of one of his ancestors Aguilar the assassin in Spain. The reason Cal is left alive is to go back into the memories of Aguilar to discover where he put an artefact that Sofia and her father Rikkin (Irons) are after, but along the way Cal learns the fighting skills of the assassins becoming a danger in today’s world too.

 

Thoughts on Assassin’s Creed

 

StoryThis is the latest in the video game turned movie and the story on paper this has all the potential to be the one that brings the video game films to the mainstream success. Sadly this story doesn’t come off to the effect you would like because too much of the film is in the modern world when the part of this game that made you go wow was the recreation of the ancient world. I feel we did deserve more than just a glorified treasure hunt with a sprinkling of family issues.

Action/Fantasy/Sci-FiThe action in this film is all fine but nothing special while the idea of going into the mind of a previous life just doesn’t hit the levels it could.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters Cal and Aguilar are basic while Sofia and Rikkin also come off as average character within a film. The performance from Fassbender are solid but nothing special with Cotillard and Irons not even nail the same accent despite being father and daughter just doesn’t make sense at all. When you look at the supporting cast well you won’t remember them either.

SettingsThe lab setting is fine but just doesn’t stand out that futuristic while the past life setting doesn’t hit the special wow factor the game gave us first time.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the special effects, you are expecting something truly special but in the end this just doesn’t deliver.

Final ThoughtsFails on nearly every level to reach video games potential and will just continue the trend of poor video game to film adaptations.

 

Overall: Not the game to film we were looking for.

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2017 Anticipated Countdown #29 Justice League

2017 Anticipated Countdown

Through December I am going to look at 31 films I am looking to watch in 2017, some I am looking forward to and others I want to see where the film idea will go next.

Justice League

Justice League Poster

Main CastBen Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller

Reasons I want to see

·        DC version of Avengers, can it work?

·        Aquaman, The Flash and Wonder Woman can they handle the supporting roles around Batman.

·        Will the villain be any good?

Will it be successful? This will make money because comic books always do.

2016 Watched List Part 47

2016 Watched List

I did a watched list last year and now I have decided to make a slight twist on it all, I will continue to do a list of the order I watched them all but I will also rank the 10 films from worst to best. So here is the list, what do you think and how do you rate this films.

Here is 461 – 470

1.       Aftershock

2.       Ouija: Origin of Evil

3.       Doctor Strange

4.       Citizen Kane

5.       Hell or High Water

6.       Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

7.       Kubo and the Two Strings

8.       The Addams Family

9.       Straight Outta Compton

10.   Sully

This is how I rate these films from worst to best. This is one of the hardest so far as I enjoyed nearly all of these films.

10) Doctor Strange card Yet another comic book movie need I say more, well this looks pretty.

9) Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai ghost Slow moving crime drama.

8) Straight Outta Compton straight Long biopic that ends with tears.

7) The Addams Family addam Classic family film.

6) Ouija: Origin of Evil ouija Huge improvement from the first film.

5) Hell or High Water hell Gritty crime drama.

4) Citizen Kane kane One of the best films ever and you can see why.

3) Kubo and the Two Strings kubo Stunning animation.

2) Sully sully Brilliant story of a hero.

1) Aftershock aftershock This is bar far one of the best films I have seen ever that will tear your heart out in places.