Disclaimer: I am not a gamer so please don’t come at me
Assassin’s Creed is a hugely successful gaming franchise that mixes real history with a fantasy world that centres on the rivalry between two ancient secret societies, the Knights Templar and the Assassins. The basic premise is that we inherit our ancestor’s memories and even if you are unaware of your genetic lineage, if the other lot know about you, you better get some fighting skills. And fast.
In the present day, Callum Lynch (Fassbender) is such a descendent and is now being kept against his will by Sofia (Cotillard), a brilliant scientist type who works for her father’s company, Abstergo. Sofia has developed the technology to unlock ancestral memories to send you back in time (so to speak).
The end goal is to obtain the Apple of Eden, a device that wields immense power. Lynch is sent back in time and is joined by fellow Assassin, Maria (Labed) and together they fight against the evil
Templars to obtain the Apple of Eden.
As the modern technology is yet to be perfected, the movie and Lynch move throughout time from the past to the present day with intensifying drama and dangers. And Lynch is not the only Assassin to be held by Sofia at the Abstergo facility.
At least I think that’s what’s going on.
So what I was watching was a movie I didn’t quite understand but was pretty awesome anyway. Yeah, yeah it’s been savaged by the critics and I can see why (please to be noting my attempt to succinctly summarise the plot) but who cares. I liked the whole medieval-esque quality and the costumes and the action. To be perfectly honest, I am a bit enamoured of the Knights Templar and all the tales that surround them so am willing to forgive much, just for that fact alone.
I gave up trying to fully comprehend the story and just settled back to enjoy it for what it was…. an absolute shambles but fun all the same.
Oh and Fassbender is pretty damn easy on the eyes so there is that.
2 ½ stars
If it's on in Newcastle, it's on Newcastle Live