Review: Assassin’s Creed

Source: 20th Century Fox

Awfully structured, with a diabolically slow pace, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ suffers from a dull, flat screenplay that repetitively makes mention of grandiose ideas but lacks the passion to inspire. Though a few of its action sequences do thrill (arguably a result of being the only sections of the film to have momentum and vigour), they are often hampered by poor CGI and cinematography, while bland costuming and production choices also fail to promote enthusiasm. The story does at times intrigue and develop nicely (albeit predictably and in a contrived manner), yet it also becomes convoluted in its rather broad messages about violence. Statements are made but they never resonate, similar to the miserably crafted and morally clichéd characters. That really is the essence of this film, it has the potential to be grand but for the most part it is bound down by a lack of explanation, proper direction, and energy. The film also doesn’t feature enough of the Spanish Inquisition, odd considering these historical periods are what defines the franchise and whenever the film features an aspect tied to the games, it is exaggerated and forced in an overly celebratory way. 2.5/5