Assassin's Creed

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Michael Fassbender stars in this action-adventure film based on the acclaimed video game franchise about a man who discovers he's a descendant of an ancient line of Assassins.
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Justin Kurzel
Starring
Michael FassbenderMarion CotillardJeremy Irons
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ActionAdventureScience Fiction
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Producers
Jean-Julien BaronnetPatrick CrowleyMichael FassbenderGerard GuillemotFrank MarshallConor MccaughanArnon Milchan
Studio
20th Century Fox
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Vicki SchemppReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty Good
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I've always been a history nut. Ask anyone in my immediate family and they will tell you I lived on History Channel back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As such, Assassin's Creed has been one of my absolute favorite video game series because I can actually walk around ancient and medieval cities and see them at their peaks.
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.
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JamesReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
awesome movie
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One of the best movies out there. Combo of both action and love story in a way.
Jacob FreegardReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good Adaptation
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I've been a fan of Assasin's Creed for a while, and I have to say this is a very fun adaptation. There are some issues I have with it mainly that it's too short, and some of the jump cuts are annoying especially during the switching between animus and real life. Besides that, the lore is followed pretty well and the customing and locations are really great. It makes me sad that this wasn't as popular."
rangeraragornReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Foundation for the Assassin’s Creed Franchise
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I read mixed reviews on this movie, so wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick up this movie myself. I ultimately went ahead and ordered it, and I was glad I did.

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.

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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).

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* * 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.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Battle of freewill vs oppression with the Church the bad guys and the Muslims the heroes
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Assassin’s Creed took elements from the video game and turned it into its own story and what a VERY interesting one it was. The Catholic Church via the Templars the famed Crusaders were out to erase sins from society and in trying to do so believed it had to control people. Their latest plan was to acquire something called the Apple of Eden that was supposed to control free will. Protecting the Apple were the assassins who were originally made up of Spaniards and Arabs working for the Muslim empire. Thus the church were the bad guys and the Muslims were the heroes. It was this theme that made Assassin’s Creed better than your average action film because it was about the battle between freedom and oppression using not the usual suspects.

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.
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CantanopyReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I didn't see this coming - but I really liked this movie!
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Alright... this was unexpected. I really liked this movie and I did not expect that it would be the case. I love the Assassin's Creed franchise of their main games - but there is a whole history of games made into movies that simply were disastrous. And to be honest, the trailers did not convince me at all.

But, I tried it, and was so happily surprised. First of all; it is a very well made movie. Visually it is stunning. And I think that they have made some very solid design choices to make the premise visually work.
The story is very solid as well, and really feels like an Assassin's Creed installment. Even though some decisions were made to make it into a 2-hour story instead of a 50-hour game. So, yes, you do miss all the historical background that make you feel as if you were there making decisions during massive moments in history. But it still feels authentic.

A quick non-spoiler introduction to the story: as with the earlier games in the series; there is a present-day story and a historical story; and the main character from the story is being sent to relive the memories of his ancestor that was part of the group called the Assassin's by use of a machine called the Animus. And as in the games, the Abstergo Foundation, funded by the Templars, has built this Animus to search through these memories of the Assassin ancestors to find so-called Pieces of Eden; powerful artifacts that are left by the First Civilization (although in the movie this is left to the viewer to decide).

The historical story plays during the Spanish Inquisition near the city of Grenada. I am so glad that they have decided to use Spanish as the language during these scenes, without ever changing back to English. The settings are beautiful, and wisely filmed in a different color scheme as the rest of the movie.

The present day part of the story is where the story is going back to the earlier Assassin's Creed games; where the Animus is still a real contraption, and that Abstergo Industries did not yet use the entertainment industry to discover the pieces of Eden. The Animus machine in the movie is quite different than that of the earlier movies, and it is clear why; the original Animus from the games would be boring in the movie. Where this version is visually really nice for an action movie.

What I am very happy about is that they have taken the time to tell the story. There is a nice pace between action and backstory, and a lot of times to set up the mood. I also expected that the parcour elements of the games would play a much bigger part in the movie, but it kept it nicely balanced with other elements that are great in the game.

For a movie based on a game, this was really well done, well written and acted. But it lacks the depth the games have. Where one of the great part of the games is that you really feel part of the memories, that part lacks in the movie. This is not a negative to the film, but simply the lack of interactivity with the medium.
Another small negative is that although the story explains a lot, I think it is a little too difficult to get into the story for people who are not know with the concept of the Animus and the memories. It is being explained, but pretty late in the movie, while the game practically started with it right from the start.

So if you are an Assassin's Creed nut like I am, rent it, buy it, you will like it. If you are not known with the concept, I can still recommend it as an action movie with actually a good story and good acting - but you might need some time to pick up on the story.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An entertaining and unique action film worthy of your time.
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I find myself disagreeing with critics more and more lately, and that is certainly the case with this film. Assassin's Creed is a truly one-of-a-kind film that posits some lofty, thought-provoking ideas while simultaneously providing a mesmerizing, high-octane action experience the likes of which I guarantee you haven't seen before. If you like action movies, parkour, top-notch stuntwork, or thought-provoking stories, then I guarantee the film is worth at least one watch, and I honestly think it's good enough that you'll want to watch it again.

There are plenty of reviews/other places you can get a basic synopsis of the film so I won't go through the trouble of copy-pasting that here. Instead, having already recommended the film itself, I will review the film's available formats. I have both the 4K UHD Blu-ray as well as the 3D Blu-ray, and both are quite impressive in their own right.

The 3D version holds impressive detail, contrast and color at all times while constantly providing multiple planes of depth in every shot. The highlights of the 3D version include the historical regressions, particularly the second regression (the chase through the city). Additionally, though, even the slower modern-day sequences consistently provide immersive depth at all times. On my equipment (LG Passive 3D LED 4K TV), there was no crosstalk/ghosting and no artifacts at any point throughout the film. Overall, the 3D in this film is more impressive than many other Hollywood films, so if you like 3D then you should definitely get this one. Though it only includes a 7.1 track, the sound is still impressively immersive.

There has been an odd and somewhat annoying trend of most 4K Blu-rays actually containing movies that were mastered at 2K and then upconverted to 4K- what some people refer to as "fake 4K." With that in mind (and having watched many other 4K Blu-rays), I can honestly say that Assassin's Creed is an absolute testament to the potential of the format. You see, the entirety of Assassin's Creed was actually shot in 6K and then mastered in 4K, so this is one of the few films that is actually true 4K, and it shows. The level of detail is simply astounding, and the HDR impresses as well. In addition, the native Dolby Atmos soundtrack is incredible. If you have the equipment, you should definitely add this one to your collection.

Honestly, especially if you can get them for good prices and if you do indeed enjoy the film, it is definitely worth getting in both 3D and 4K as both versions are impressive testaments to their respective formats. The film itself is well worth your time, and both versions come with a standard Blu-ray that includes a fascinating five-part documentary on the making of the film; it is especially impressive to see the footage of them doing absolutely EVERYTHING for real, very little CGI. Highly recommended.
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Claire HirschkindReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Magnificent Sci-fi!
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The inventive time travel via genetics machines.
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