The latest attempt to squeeze a great story out of a successful videogame franchise is the story of Assassin’s creed. The games are great … the movie is not!
Although the story stays true to its source material, it never achieves the same level of quality and entertainment. The games themselves are loads of fun to play as you explore ancient worlds, sneak around buildings taking out multiple enemies and successfully complete your mission, any which way you choose.
The movie however is quite the opposite. It’s an unforgiving mess.
Granted, actor Michael Fassbender tries his best and when you see him jumping off rooftops you cannot stop smiling. But … that’s just a tiny piece of the puzzle. Everything else is downright annoying or amateurishly put together.
Much like Quantum of Solace (easily the worst James Bond-movie ever made), it’s very difficult to see what happens when the action sets in. The action sequences are truly very bad!
Rather than creating a beautiful flow of action – perhaps some slow-motion scenes to illustrate the fighting – director Justin Kurzel opted to stuff his movie with a wild chaos that only makes you fuzzy in the head. This is a real shame … because the old Spanish city built for this movie looks quite amazing at times.
The camera shifts back and forth between hundreds of shots that only last a second or less, thus creating a boring battle that makes you wanna stand up and leave the room. It’s impossible to tell who does what or which arm belongs to which person.
The cinematography is a mess … the action simply goes too fast to properly enjoy the movie, even with your brain working in overdrive!
Another thing about Assassin’s creed that fails miserably is the constant switching between the ancient Spanish-speaking world and the modern society of hi-tech computers.
When our lead hero is strapped to a machine (much like Neo in The Matrix, but far less interesting), he is thrown back into some old civilization. There he fights bad soldiers and, believe it or not, his fighting choreography is mimicked with the modern guy who’s still hanging on the machine.
Confusing? The movie explains it … but it never redeems the poor quality of the movie.
The problem is that the movie never stays long enough in one world for you to genuinely care about its characters. By the time you’ve grown accustomed to the 15th Century Spanish adventures, everything stops, and you’re thrown back into the modern world.
It’s this going-back-and-forth that’s poorly done – and the main reason why the movie won’t appeal to the great movie masses, nor the actual fans of the game series.
At least, Mario Bros. was crazy enough to be a little funny …
Did you know?
The story of the film will be a new screenplay written specifically for this purpose, and not following the storyline of the games, allowing Ubisoft to develop unique stories for the big screen while maintaining their stories on our small screens.
Give it to me short:
Maybe the story of Assassin’s creed is hard to translate to the big movie screen. Maybe they should’ve hired a different writer or director. Or maybe they should’ve focused much more on the ancient worlds rather than the modern take of computers and machines. Maybe-maybe-maybe … and that’s all you can say about this movie.
It’s not like Tomb Raider where pretty much everyone enjoyed it for it captured the essence of Lara Croft perfectly. It’s not funny like Mario Bros. It’s not cool like Need for Speed. It’s not awesome like Warcraft.
Assassin’s creed is downright boring and headache-provoking because of its super-fast cuts of different camera angles! Why any director would choose a cinematography where it becomes a pain for your eyes to try and understand who does what and what happens on screen, is beyond me, but it’s been a source of frustration for every single (action) movie buff.
Some sequences are okay though, but most of them are an awful cut-and-paste job of action shots that each last about 1 second, making the whole scene impossible to follow. Therefore, and also because the story simply sucks by constantly going back and forth between the Spanish world of the 15th Century and the world of today with its computers, Assassin’s creed misses every mark and simply is: the worst videogame-to-movie translation to date!
Why didn’t anyone sent Callum Lynch to assassinate the director? We could’ve had a better movie altogether …