(This review may contain spoilers).
I have to be honest… I haven’t actually played any of the Assassin’s Creed games, although I do know a few small details; enough to know about the setting of the movie.
While I do feel Michael Fassbender is a good actor, I felt there was something missing in this movie. It was good to see the flashbacks to Aguilar’s history and to be as in the dark as Cal was. I found it interesting to see his past, but even by the end, I was left a bit lost as to the motives of his parents.
I would have liked a bit more detail about the Animus. I spent a lot of the movie assuming it only had one purpose, only for that assumption to be completely derailed by the end. While that scene could perhaps be explained away by Cal hallucinating, that wasn’t the impression I had.
I would have liked a bit more detail about the background of the secondary characters. While it was obvious what Sofia and Rikkin’s end goal was, the others like Cal seemed to be trying to stop, or at least be against, the hunt for the apple.
Towards the end of the movie and at certain points throughout, there was a lot of engaging action. It was also good to see something of the morals and ethics of the Assassin’s Guild, though I would have liked to know a bit more detail about the members. The film definitely showed the end days of the guild.
I didn’t think there was enough of a build to the events of the end. It seemed there was a real lack of foreshadowing throughout and not enough about what drove Cal.
I did think there was a lot put into this movie from the visual effects and the fighting scenes. But this movie wasn’t as engaging as it could have been and I felt a lot of the character development fell by the wayside.
While I did feel this movie was lacking, it did trigger an interest in actually playing the games some time in the future.