Assassin’s Creed Movie Review

Hello boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, movie goers of all ages, welcome to Rob’s Assassin’s Creed movie review here on rdblackburn.com

The first thing I want to talk about in this post is the cost of going to movies. I believe I spent almost $30 last night (Tuesday December 20, 2016) on my 3D movie ticket, popcorn and drink. Honestly at that price I probably would have been better off just waiting for the digital HD release and buying that. That way even if I didn’t like the movie I would have saved $10. Oh well, food for thought for the next movie.

Assassin's Creed movie poster
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I want to start this review by saying I am a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. I have played every game from Assassin’s Creed through Black Flag. With that said I always feels like Ubisoft does a great job marketing their games. They have always succeeded at making me feel like I was really going to be missing something if I didn’t play Assassin’s Creed. That marketing worked on me right up until I was going to have to upgrade to PS4, and I also got busy doing other things.

I like to think of Ubisoft’s marketing as selling the sizzle and not so much the steak. Don’t get me wrong I have really enjoyed playing the AC franchise but honestly it never seemed to live up to the hype for me. I’m not trying to take anything away from Ubisoft or Assassin’s Creed, I’m just saying their sizzle always seems more satiating than their steak.

With that said, I was excited to hear about and had high hopes for the Assassin’s Creed movie. I actually said way back in 2008 that I thought this game franchise would make a good movie. Based on what I watched last night I was wrong, but it’s not the same story.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought the movie was enjoyable, maybe even good but certainly not great, and even more importantly not really what I was hoping for. To the writer’s credit it would be challenging for most people to trim the narrative of a game down to the length of a movie. So I thought the story was a little weak.

Movies, TV and music are either emotional or interesting to me. Interest and emotion are the things that draw me in and keep my attention. I feel as though Assassin’s Creed the movie didn’t live up to my hopes because there was no emotional attachment for me. Like I said, I love the franchise but I didn’t know these characters so the only thing keeping me involved in the movie was my enjoyment of the original Assassin’s Creed story as opposed to the story of the movie.

Now that I have had almost 24 hours to think about what I witnessed onscreen last night and maybe I’m wrong or way too critical, or perhaps I have been disconnected from the franchise for too long but I just didn’t get what I wanted from this movie.

If you’re going to spend your hard earned money on this film I would recommend waiting to rent the digital HD or DVD.