Review: Sleek Action Sequences Make ‘Assassin’s Creed’ An Entertainer

Posted by Gulraj Bedi in Culture-Vulture
December 31, 2016

This morning I decided to go and watch “The Assassin’s Creed”, not because I’m a big fan of the video game but because I didn’t have anything to do.

Let us take a closer look at Assassin’s Creed, the film.

An Overview:

The story begins exactly the way stories like these usually do. A convicted criminal being rescued from prison (Fassbender) and learning that the organization which planned and executed the rescue (Abstergo Industries) is madly searching for The Apple of Eden [Now, that’s interesting :)] How these men (and woman as well) go about their business forms the crux of the story.

The Storyline:

The story could have been a bit tighter, but frankly, stories and films dealing with video games and stuff are pretty much ‘over the top’ action-packed entertainers and we want them to be that way. The best thing about the film is that it succeeds in keeping the viewer hooked and guessing. It’s fast-paced and doesn’t give you an opportunity to blink your eyes. The film keeps you interested right from the beginning till the very end and its 2-hour runtime won’t appear long. The story loses pace on more than one occasions, especially post-interval, but ultimately succeeds in delivering what it wants to deliver i.e. entertainment.

Rating: 2.5/5

Performances:

Fassbender is the star of the show, without a doubt. The film relies heavy upon Fassbender’s heroics and he has done quite a reasonable job. He’s quite similar to the protagonists we have in our typical Bollywood flicks. A guy with a largely shadowy past. Marion as Dr. Sophia adds glamour and charm to the film just like Katrina Kaif did in Ek Tha Tiger. The likes of Jeremy Irons and Micheal Williams have been given limited screen space and you can expect that from a movie which is heavily dependent upon its lead pair.

Rating: 3/5

Music:

The director’s brother Jed Kurzel has composed the film’s music and it has to be said that the film’s music is one of the positives the film brings to light. Jed Kurzel, known for composing music for the highly acclaimed horror flick The Babadook has once again delivered the goods. The film’s music pumps up the viewer’s adrenaline and complements the entire setup. It adds that adventurous flavour to The Assassin’s Creed.

Rating 4/5

Direction:

Justin Kurzel has tried extremely hard to recreate the 15th-century setup. The action sequences have been executed really well. The locations add authenticity to the setup. Most of the action sequences are extremely pleasing to the eye. The complexity of the entire plot has been maintained but the wafer-thin plotline really leaves you with nothing except action sequences. the VFX team needs to be given a thumbs up for the effort they’ve invested.

Rating: 2.5/5

Overall:

All in all, the film is meant for the sole purpose of entertainment. It is a perfect way to kickstart the weekend. If you’re a fan of Fassbender then you can definitely give it a go ahead. It would surely lure the video game and movie buffs in India as well as in other parts of the world as well. Assassin’s Creed has been made keeping in mind the younger audiences. It’ll do reasonable business (I would like to believe that) because of the popularity of the video game. Overall, it’s a fast-paced, action-packed flick. Definitely a one-time watch.

Overall Rating: 3/5

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