Assassin’s Creed brings to life one of the most popular games of recent generations in a fast paced all action cinema spectacular.
Australia’s own Justin Kurzel directs the film with its lavish historical scenes and its soaring city-spanning camera pans overlooking the dusty streets and grand palaces of Spanish Inquisition-era Andalucia.
Michael Fassbender brilliantly dual-wields the main roles in Assassin’s Creed – those of present day Callum Lynch and Spanish Inquisition ancestor Aguilar.
Lynch travels back in time to Spain in the year 1492 through a revolutionary technology linked to a machine called the Animus that unlocks the genetic memories contained in his DNA.
There, Lynch lives out the experiences of Aguilar, a relative who’s also a member of the Assassins, a secret society that fights to protect free will from the power-hungry Templar Order.
Fassbender’s introduction as Aguilar results in elaborate chase and fight sequences which are pure video game on a Hollywood budget.
His chemistry with fellow assassin Maria, played by Ariane Labed lights up many of the Spanish scenes with wall-running, roof-jumping, fisticuffs, swords and daggers.
Transformed by the past, Lynch begins to gain the knowledge and physical skills necessary to battle the oppressive Templar organization in the present.
Jeremy Irons plays the modern time Templar in charge of recovering the Apple of Eden from the assassins.
Irons manipulates his Animus inventing daughter, played by Marion Cotillard, into thinking that she is using Lynch and the Animus for the good of mankind.
Assassin’s Creed finishes with modern day action to wrest control of the newly re-found Apple of Eden, with Lynch and some modern assassins gaining control in the rooftops of London.
The scene is set for a sequel.
Words by Peter Lamont
Details: Assassin’s Creed | 1hr 55min | in cinemas 1 January 2017