Benz Eye View: Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed

Pros: 

1.) The actors tried their best in this movie.  They manage to emote very well, and act their way into this movie.

2.) The moments when we see the past, the people and the setting looks like they belong to the Spanish Inquisition.

3.) The action scenes look kind of cool and well-coordinated…

 

Cons: 

1.) …Assuming if you can see it clearly, because the cinematography and editing in those action scenes are terrible.  I can tell through some of the coordination that it looks good, but I cannot tell what is happening.  They cut way too many times, and the cuts they have chosen are camera angles that does not show the action well.  Here is an example of how to make a good action scene in the games:

While not perfect, I can at least tell what is happening.  Also, who’s bright idea is to keep cutting to the present day to see what Cal is mimicking towards his ancestor, Aguilar?  That disturbs the flow of the action scenes.  That is a really stupid move in the filmmakers’ parts.

2.) The CG is bad (with the somewhat exception of the Animus during the present time) with graphics that look like they belong to a last-generation game.  I think even the filmmakers knew that the CG is bad, so they tried to cover it up with smoke effects and low lighting.  As a result, it just made it look worse.  Here is how you can take advantage with the smoke effects:

Simple answer: make the lighting better, and the CG tolerable.

3.) I have absolutely no idea what is happening in this movie.  The story is so confusing (especially for people who have not played the video games) that I find that very few can follow it.  There are plenty of moments where logic just commits suicide and jumps out of the window of this movie, making the characters and actors look stupid.  I do not care about any of these people (even the Assassins from the past), and it results in my failure to care for them.  In addition, the movie spends more time in the present time than in the Animus.  The fans of the game can tell you that spending time outside of the Animus is the worst part of the game, because the characters in there are not as interesting as the characters in the Animus.  As a result, the movie’s Assassins are rarely fleshed out, and the only thing I got from them is that Aguilar and a female Assassin are a couple.  Here is another way to make interesting characters in the series:

If a video game trailer is more interesting than the entire movie, that is just sad and pathetic.

 

Overall: 

Assassin’s Creed is based on the video game series of the same name that has been around for nine years.  I have played these games up to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, so I will briefly say what I think of the games.  The first Assassin’s Creed has an interesting story premise, but with broken gameplay.  Assassin’s Creed II is much better with its compelling story and characters (particularly Ezio Auditore de Firenze), and refined gameplay.  Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood makes some interesting additions to the game while keeping Ezio around.  Assassin’s Creed: Revelations was a good finale for Altair and Ezio despite showing its age.  Assassin’s Creed III was a step backwards, and the ending made me so upset that I did not play another Assassin’s Creed game for a few years.  Recently, I finished playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and it undid the damage that the last game did with awesome ship battles and better protagonist.  I have yet to play Liberation, Rogue, Unity, Syndicate, Chronicles, and other spin-off games.  These games are so much fun (with some few exceptions), it kind of made sense to make a movie out of it.  Look at this video game trailer:

Plenty of potential for a movie.

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Despite the fact that there is already technically a movie, and it is not bad despite the overwhelmingly obvious green screen backgrounds.

Will this movie be as great as the story in the video games, or will it be like any of the other video game movie adaptations?  Sadly, it is the latter.  This movie is terrible, and I cannot believe they screwed it up even with the help of Ubisoft: the company that made the Assassin’s Creed games.  Notice that I put in plenty of trailers of the Assassin’s Creed games.  That is because they are more interesting than the movie itself.  Skip this movie, and just play the games.  They are more entertaining than this poor excuse of a movie, and it is just another addition of terrible video game movie adaptations.

2/10

What is the next video game movie adaptation that is coming soon anyway?

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Oh, crap…
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