Saturday, December 24, 2016

Assassin's Creed

Director Justin Kurzel’s an interesting story in which an executed killer (Michael Fassbender) is resusitated by a scientist (Marion Cottilard) and taken to a laboratory where, through a serum and a machine, he is enabled, through DNA memory, to see and take on the life of a relative who lived 500 years ago.

This relative was part of a lineage of Assassin’s who were keeping Eve’s Apple of knowledge away from an organization of Templar Knights, who wished to find it and use it to destroy free will.

It sounds weird, but it was better than I expected with Cottilard, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Ariane Labed to add to the fun. 

However, whereas many faulty films are saved with a good ending, this one has a ridiculous ending that ruins what has been built up, assuming your suspension of disbelief has been operative until then.

The other fault is the fact the backstory is put in the early 1500s and the principal Knights Templar were actually killed off in the early 1300s and the Inquisitor Torquemada, who is the story’s nemesis (Javier Guttiérez), lived and died in the 1400s.  Those facts I can not suspend.

I give Assassin’s Creed a 3.7 out of 5.

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