Assassin's Creed

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5.71 h 55 min2016X-RayPG-13
Michael Fassbender stars in this action-adventure film based on the acclaimed video game franchise about a man who discovers he's a descendant of an ancient line of Assassins.
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Justin Kurzel
Starring
Michael FassbenderMarion CotillardJeremy Irons
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HistoricalAction
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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20th Century Fox
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencesexual contentfoul languagealcohol use
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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SilverstoneReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed Immensely
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I am not a gamer. I am old enough to be your grandmother. I have loved Science Fiction my entire life. It is not often that a fictional world or premise captures my imagination.

Wow. The story concept was brilliant. Smart. Clever. Definitely not derivative. I could see where this fictional world would be quite entertaining to spend real time in.

The action sequences were well done. Yes, there is CGI, but a great deal of the action was real people doing real stunts. The Parkour sequences were very very good. The slack line jumps and transitions were great. And the "Leap of Faith" was heart-stopping, and incredibly beautiful.

The costuming was exquisite. Tiny tiny details, literally hours and hours of handwork that I needed to "pause" the movie to examine. And the costumes worked. I mean that they were functional, and allowed the actors and stunt people to move. The costumes were not merely good to look at. They worked like real athletic clothing, and still had very nice flow and drape.

I like the touch of post-processing, especially with the horses. Made them look just very slightly like horses in MMOGs. And better yet, the actors looked like they actually knew how to ride, and ride well. That was very satisfying. (I have horses. I hate movies where people obviously cannot ride. Pet peeve.)

Overall, I will watch it again. And probably again. Good story, good movie.
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DanceryReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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As an avid Assassin Creed gamer... I was very disappointed in this film. The movie was not developed to actuality AC in the “real world” ... for instance you already have this hot , built guy like Michael fassbender who finds out his ancestor is an assassin. But it really doesn’t matter he’s built and looks like michale fassbender bc he just needs to strap himself to a bed to mentally watch what happened in his ancestor’s past. The problem once he’s strapped in it’s just like watching continuous cinematic gameplay of one of the assassin creed games. Why do I need to see an overly vfx version of gameplay when I can watch that on YouTube? They should have told a story of a guy who has to learn the tools of becoming an assassin like you do when ur playing a game. I think they also should have cast someone more relatable to the everyday man who came from the hood or like a more urban area like Chicago or Bronx....anyway if ur into the games like me... ur better off playing them or watching the cinematic gameplay on YouTube...
24 people found this helpful
TransGirlReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
waste of money
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the fact that it uses spanish for all the good parts was terrible in itself but what makes it worse is that the producers deffend this terrible decision despite the ppl hating it for it honestly ill probobly never watch a movie from those producers again until they admit they were wrong or remake that utter piece of crap if i wanted to read a picture book id go to the librairy that is essentually what this is for anyone who doesnt speak spanish
do not buy this movie it is an utter waist of money
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rangeraragornReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Foundation for the Assassin’s Creed Franchise
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I read mixed reviews on this movie, so wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick up this movie myself. I ultimately went ahead and ordered it, and I was glad I did.

First, a disclaimer - the stories within this movie and the Assassin’s Creed games are fiction. As the opening disclaimer in the game reads: “Inspired by historical events and characters. This work of fiction was designed, developed, and produced by a multicultural team of various faiths and beliefs.” Don’t get upset if either the movie or the games misrepresent historical events or organizations and their motivations. It’s fiction.

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Some spoilers for those who have never played the games (skip to the paragraph with the two asterisks if you do not want to read the spoilers):

The story revolves around an ongoing war between two secret societies: The Assassin’s and The Templars. The basic idea is that the Templars wish to achieve peace in the world through order (their order of course), and the Assassin’s basically fight to maintain people’s freedom. Those aligned with the Templars in present day have established a company called Abstergo which has developed computer technology that allows users the ability to relive our ancestor’s memories. In the video game, this is achieved through a computer program with VR technology called the Animus. In the movie, the Animus has been reimagined as a hulking machine with an arm that connects to the user, allowing them to perform many of their ancestor’s maneuvers firsthand. The idea behind the Animus remains the same, though. Abstergo has found certain people are best suited to relive these memories, and a direct descendant to the specific ancestor can provide the best connection (or synchronization, as they refer to it).

Now some spoilers for the movie:

The movie centers on a character named Cal Lynch, who supposedly is a direct descendant to Aguilar (who lived in the late 1400s), the last person on record as having possession of the “Apple of Eden”, a device said to have caused man’s first disobedience. The Templars want the device, because with it, they believe they can remove people’s free will, bringing peace to the world through order. Cal, a man with a troubled childhood and prone to violence, is brought to Abstergo against his will and is hooked up to the Animus so he can relive the memories of Aguilar to see where he hid the Apple of Eden (so the Templars will know where to find it in present day). Since he is at Abstergo against his will, gradually learning why he is there, he struggles with both helping them and enduring the Animus itself (evidently being hooked up to the device unwillingly can cause some mental side effects).

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* * Now my review on the movie. I thought the story was done well. Obviously with an origin movie (especially one with the complexities like the story behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise), there is going to be a lot of dialog to help explain the organizations, characters, and events in the games. That said, I wish there were less scenes that takes place in present day, and more action scenes in the past. The scenes from 1492 are amazing! I especially liked some of the references to the games (such as the wagons of hay, the eagle screech as Aguilar performs a leap of faith, etc). I did notice several instances throughout the movie where the scene would freeze for effect. Micheal Jackson would do the same in his performances, and called it “sizzle”. The idea was to build up the audience’s anticipation for what was to come, but in the movie, to me it breaks the pace of the movie, slowing it down, and making it feel more drawn out (and making the movie feel longer than it is).

In the end, for the price, it’s a nice movie to add to your collection, but if you are even remotely unsure how you’ll like the movie, I’d recommend renting the movie first. I hope they make another movie. Now with the origin story established, they can concentrate more on the scenes that take place in the past.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Battle of freewill vs oppression with the Church the bad guys and the Muslims the heroes
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Assassin’s Creed took elements from the video game and turned it into its own story and what a VERY interesting one it was. The Catholic Church via the Templars the famed Crusaders were out to erase sins from society and in trying to do so believed it had to control people. Their latest plan was to acquire something called the Apple of Eden that was supposed to control free will. Protecting the Apple were the assassins who were originally made up of Spaniards and Arabs working for the Muslim empire. Thus the church were the bad guys and the Muslims were the heroes. It was this theme that made Assassin’s Creed better than your average action film because it was about the battle between freedom and oppression using not the usual suspects.

The movie starred Michael Fassbender as Cal who was thought to contain the secret to where the Apple was. The Templars created a device called the Animus that can view the past based upon a person’s ancestors and they believed that Cal’s forefathers hid the Apple. At first, Cal wants to destroy the Assassins and turn over the Apple because he blames them for the death of his mother, but eventually he literally sees the light.

When Cal travels back in time he witnesses the true nature of the Church. He’s in Spain during the Inquisition when the Church is burning people at the stake for their sins and attempting to kidnap a young prince to force the Sultan to give up the Apple. That compares to the present time where they are talking about ending violence in society and have set up a scientific institute to that goal.

On top of all that the action is great. The movie captures the high flying aspects of the video game for instance with a great series where Cal’s ancestor Aguilar and his partner Maria run across building tops along parapets, etc. just like in the game.
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KevinReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I thought it was a great movie and it had some rather difficult stunts done ...
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I thought it was a great movie and it had some rather difficult stunts done within it with what I can only refer to as some seriously dangerous jumps. The story left a considerable deal of gaps near the end that kind of did not make sense, but, for anyone who follows the lines of the characters... they're explaining why it was so easy for them to follow the Templar's in today's day and age. If one thinks closely about it, there is literally a hidden story line beneath the surface of the story line that is in the movie. Maybe we will see it in a sequel? I suppose one other thing that I did not like was how the power of the artifact was seemingly reduced. It made no sense for the historical character to give up the artifact so simply when it was alleged to have so much power.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An entertaining and unique action film worthy of your time.
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I find myself disagreeing with critics more and more lately, and that is certainly the case with this film. Assassin's Creed is a truly one-of-a-kind film that posits some lofty, thought-provoking ideas while simultaneously providing a mesmerizing, high-octane action experience the likes of which I guarantee you haven't seen before. If you like action movies, parkour, top-notch stuntwork, or thought-provoking stories, then I guarantee the film is worth at least one watch, and I honestly think it's good enough that you'll want to watch it again.

There are plenty of reviews/other places you can get a basic synopsis of the film so I won't go through the trouble of copy-pasting that here. Instead, having already recommended the film itself, I will review the film's available formats. I have both the 4K UHD Blu-ray as well as the 3D Blu-ray, and both are quite impressive in their own right.

The 3D version holds impressive detail, contrast and color at all times while constantly providing multiple planes of depth in every shot. The highlights of the 3D version include the historical regressions, particularly the second regression (the chase through the city). Additionally, though, even the slower modern-day sequences consistently provide immersive depth at all times. On my equipment (LG Passive 3D LED 4K TV), there was no crosstalk/ghosting and no artifacts at any point throughout the film. Overall, the 3D in this film is more impressive than many other Hollywood films, so if you like 3D then you should definitely get this one. Though it only includes a 7.1 track, the sound is still impressively immersive.

There has been an odd and somewhat annoying trend of most 4K Blu-rays actually containing movies that were mastered at 2K and then upconverted to 4K- what some people refer to as "fake 4K." With that in mind (and having watched many other 4K Blu-rays), I can honestly say that Assassin's Creed is an absolute testament to the potential of the format. You see, the entirety of Assassin's Creed was actually shot in 6K and then mastered in 4K, so this is one of the few films that is actually true 4K, and it shows. The level of detail is simply astounding, and the HDR impresses as well. In addition, the native Dolby Atmos soundtrack is incredible. If you have the equipment, you should definitely add this one to your collection.

Honestly, especially if you can get them for good prices and if you do indeed enjoy the film, it is definitely worth getting in both 3D and 4K as both versions are impressive testaments to their respective formats. The film itself is well worth your time, and both versions come with a standard Blu-ray that includes a fascinating five-part documentary on the making of the film; it is especially impressive to see the footage of them doing absolutely EVERYTHING for real, very little CGI. Highly recommended.
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IncredibleHatReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been better.
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I wouldn't say Im a fanboy of the assassin creed franchise, but rather someone who has played most the games enough to enjoy them for what they offer.

That said, looking at this film from a standpoint as 'watching a movie', I would say something lacked from this. It either had too many sub titles (when the games had none), or that the entire animus concept was goofily done (tried to make it more 'action packed'?). Or maybe they tried to make sense of an overly convoluted storyline which requires much more than 2 hours to convey. Whatever it was, something was lost along the way.

You would actually find more viewing entertainment by watching collections of the in-game story cutscenes.

Anyhow... it was not "terrible" though.
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