I’m going to start by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of the Assassin’s Creed video game series. While yes, I had a lot of fun playing through the first one and enjoyed the heck out of the ship battles in Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag, it’s still hard for me to be excited about the series. So, when I first heard that an Assassin’s Creed movie was being made, I basically shrugged it off and ignored every bit of detail about it. I just wasn’t interested or cared to be interested. Therefore, I ignored it all the way past release. It’s only until the release of the Blu-ray that I finally decided to check it out.
Well, I’m glad I did.
Assassin’s Creed has a very unique storyline that’s beyond intriguing. The idea of being able to relive the memories of our ancestors is amazing. Assassin’s Creed wins with that storyline alone. But add in the acts of assassins versus Templars in a great battle for power and the story reaches an entirely new level of interest.
The Assassin’s Creed movie plays on the storyline of the video game series and introduces viewers to a character (Cal Lynch) that’s on death row because of his violent past. However, the team at Abstergo Industries saves him from his certain demise in order to gain access to his ancestor’s memories that will hopefully lead them to an ancient device.
It helps understanding the story of Assassin’s Creed when watching the movie. However, my wife who watched it with me also enjoyed the movie without knowing the backstory. Of course, I did pause to provide her with some added info that helped explain the situation, but we both enjoyed the movie for the most part.
As mentioned, the story is intriguing and the movie advances fairly well. I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of Cal. His character was just too narrow and didn’t really have any interest outside of what was being learned from his ancestor’s past. However, I did like Sofia’s character, the doctor that took care of Cal in the Abstergo facility. Her character’s moral and familial dilemma was developed well. There were more moments of interest when these characters had scenes together.
Being a movie about assassin’s means there’s a lot of action involved. I appreciated most of the battles and loved seeing the assassin’s soar across rooftops which reminded me of the games. I wouldn’t say the action was outstanding by a long shot – it’s average, but believable and enjoyable for a 2-hour movie.
The Blu-ray also comes with 90 minutes of bonus content that I think most fans will appreciate. It’s always good to hear the director and cast speak about a movie. Their insights always bring forth a better understanding for the making of the film and these 90 minutes of bonus content do exactly that.
-Take the Pledge: Behind the Scenes of Assassin’s Creed (Five Part Documentary)
-Delete Scenes Covnversation with Justin Kurzel & Christopher Tellefsen
-Gallery & More
I actually enjoyed the Assassin’s Creed movie far more than I thought I would. While it’s not outstanding, it’s still enjoyable for those who are familiar with the games. Additionally, my wife also enjoyed it, but I was able to provide her with some additional detail. Therefore, it might be worth watching for someone who has a friend that can provide them with extra detail. The Blu-ray is a decent addition for fans to add to their collection, but everyone else should just rent.