Based on the video game of the same name, Assassins Creed is a confusing
watch that’s probably only going to be fully appreciated by fans of the
The story, or what little there is of it, sees convicted criminal Callum
Lynch (Michael Fassbender) being resurrected from the dead shortly after
he’s been executed by lethal injection. When he comes too he finds himself
in the labs of a biotech company called Abstergo Industries, the company
being a front for the Templar Order who are led by their president Ellen
Kaye (Charlotte Rampling).
Lynch learns that he is the last in a long line of protectors called the
Assassins and that the company’s CEO, Alan Rikken (Jeremy Irons) is
searching for an ancient artefact called the Apple, the apple having been
hidden by Callum’s 15th Century Spanish Relative. Using a device
called the Animus, Rikkin and his daughter (Marion Cotillard) then access
Callum’s memory in order to locate the Apple.
Callum then flashes back and forth in time as he tries to unravel the
mystery of where the Apple is hidden.
Most of the action, much like in the game, sees Fassbender’s character
running and jumping across rooftops, chases seem to go on for ever and do
nothing to expand the story. Visually Assassin’s Creed is stunning, the
battle sequences, of which there are many, are spectacular.
Assassin’s Creed is not short on spectacle and a charismatic performance
from Fassbender just about does enough to make this a enjoyable but
somewhat confusing watch.