The Assassin’s Creed videogame franchise is about an man who is a descendant of assassins with the capability of going back to time through the POV of his ancestors and assassinate historical people for the sake of advancing the plot of the game. The movie that’s based on this series follows it quite closely compared to videogame adaptations of the past (watch assassins creed full on the indicated link). The movie was released back in December 21 in 2016 in the U.S.A. and has made a disappointing but decent worldwide gross that nearly doubles its budget (but doesn’t account for marketing costs). Like World of Warcraft before it, it performed poorly domestically.
Is Assassin’s Creed Worth Watching?
- In a word, yes. Hollywood has improved significantly since the days of the Super Mario Bros. Movie, Street Fighter the Movie, Street Fighter the Legend of Chun-Li, Doom, and Alone in the Dark. They’ve learned from their mistakes and they’ve decided to adapt videogame franchises that are a lot more cinematic or plot driven in their core (versus the silly plot of Street Fighter or the “Damsel in Distress” plot of Super Mario).
- Assassin’s Creed the Movie features many of the plot points of the Assassin’s Creed videogame franchise that aren’t just referenced for fanservice. The protagonist, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) also ends up within the mind of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in order to fight the Spanish Inquisition. The film is actually canon with the events of the game, which almost never happens in other adaptations.
- Herein is the caveat. If the movie follows the game closely, wouldn’t it be limited by the game? What’s more, for those who’ve played the game, can the movie replicate the freedom of choice and interactivity of the game, including deaths and when you end up failing a mission? Wouldn’t a cinematic experience for the Assassin’s Creed movie be a step down to the full control a player has when playing the Assassin’s Creed game?