|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Contributor||Marion Cotillard, Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons|
Episodes-Bonus Features: English; Disc 1: Theatrical Feature 3D Blu-ray Disc 2: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray **Take the Pledge: Behind the Scenes of Assassin’s Creed — Five-Part Documentary **Conversations with Justin Kurzel **Deleted Scenes Conversation with Justin Kurzel & Christopher Tellefsen **Gallery and More! **Digital HD
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Justin Kurzel
- Media Format : 3D
- Release date : March 21, 2017
- Actors : Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Surround)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B01LTI0AYM
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #6,021 in Action & Adventure Blu-ray Discs
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Going into this, I had some reservations, especially when I saw the total runtime. But the historical storyline was done to perfection in terms of worldbuilding and Assassin characters. Of course, the auto de fe scene had some very noticeable historical inaccuracies. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, background characters though they were, wouldn't have had henna/tattoos on their faces. That made me cringe. Maybe rule of cool?
The modern storyline was also done very well. The actors, main and background, were on top of their games. The story itself, though, felt incomplete and a little rushed. I did some research and discovered a good 30 minutes of scenes had been deleted. Mystery solved. If anyone decides to attempt this again, I would recommend a series instead of a movie. Got more time to develop characters, motivations, histories, etc, etc.
All in all, I enjoyed this movie. The characters were good, the Animus was AWESOME, and the story was well developed. So, if you're a fan of the games, give it a watch.
First, a disclaimer - the stories within this movie and the Assassin’s Creed games are fiction. As the opening disclaimer in the game reads: “Inspired by historical events and characters. This work of fiction was designed, developed, and produced by a multicultural team of various faiths and beliefs.” Don’t get upset if either the movie or the games misrepresent historical events or organizations and their motivations. It’s fiction.
Some spoilers for those who have never played the games (skip to the paragraph with the two asterisks if you do not want to read the spoilers):
The story revolves around an ongoing war between two secret societies: The Assassin’s and The Templars. The basic idea is that the Templars wish to achieve peace in the world through order (their order of course), and the Assassin’s basically fight to maintain people’s freedom. Those aligned with the Templars in present day have established a company called Abstergo which has developed computer technology that allows users the ability to relive our ancestor’s memories. In the video game, this is achieved through a computer program with VR technology called the Animus. In the movie, the Animus has been reimagined as a hulking machine with an arm that connects to the user, allowing them to perform many of their ancestor’s maneuvers firsthand. The idea behind the Animus remains the same, though. Abstergo has found certain people are best suited to relive these memories, and a direct descendant to the specific ancestor can provide the best connection (or synchronization, as they refer to it).
Now some spoilers for the movie:
The movie centers on a character named Cal Lynch, who supposedly is a direct descendant to Aguilar (who lived in the late 1400s), the last person on record as having possession of the “Apple of Eden”, a device said to have caused man’s first disobedience. The Templars want the device, because with it, they believe they can remove people’s free will, bringing peace to the world through order. Cal, a man with a troubled childhood and prone to violence, is brought to Abstergo against his will and is hooked up to the Animus so he can relive the memories of Aguilar to see where he hid the Apple of Eden (so the Templars will know where to find it in present day). Since he is at Abstergo against his will, gradually learning why he is there, he struggles with both helping them and enduring the Animus itself (evidently being hooked up to the device unwillingly can cause some mental side effects).
* * Now my review on the movie. I thought the story was done well. Obviously with an origin movie (especially one with the complexities like the story behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise), there is going to be a lot of dialog to help explain the organizations, characters, and events in the games. That said, I wish there were less scenes that takes place in present day, and more action scenes in the past. The scenes from 1492 are amazing! I especially liked some of the references to the games (such as the wagons of hay, the eagle screech as Aguilar performs a leap of faith, etc). I did notice several instances throughout the movie where the scene would freeze for effect. Micheal Jackson would do the same in his performances, and called it “sizzle”. The idea was to build up the audience’s anticipation for what was to come, but in the movie, to me it breaks the pace of the movie, slowing it down, and making it feel more drawn out (and making the movie feel longer than it is).
In the end, for the price, it’s a nice movie to add to your collection, but if you are even remotely unsure how you’ll like the movie, I’d recommend renting the movie first. I hope they make another movie. Now with the origin story established, they can concentrate more on the scenes that take place in the past.
The movie starred Michael Fassbender as Cal who was thought to contain the secret to where the Apple was. The Templars created a device called the Animus that can view the past based upon a person’s ancestors and they believed that Cal’s forefathers hid the Apple. At first, Cal wants to destroy the Assassins and turn over the Apple because he blames them for the death of his mother, but eventually he literally sees the light.
When Cal travels back in time he witnesses the true nature of the Church. He’s in Spain during the Inquisition when the Church is burning people at the stake for their sins and attempting to kidnap a young prince to force the Sultan to give up the Apple. That compares to the present time where they are talking about ending violence in society and have set up a scientific institute to that goal.
On top of all that the action is great. The movie captures the high flying aspects of the video game for instance with a great series where Cal’s ancestor Aguilar and his partner Maria run across building tops along parapets, etc. just like in the game.