“Assassin’s Creed”

On December 21st, Assassin’s Creed will be released in theaters. Based on the video game series, the film stars Michael Fassbender as the titular “hero.”

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Now, I’ve never played the video games, so you’re not going to get some sort of analysis about how the movie deviates from the games, so let’s forget about that.

What we get is a look at some sort of extra-governmental agency (?) project in which a man (Fassbender) is sent back in time as the Assassin of the title, because of his unbroken lineage and the ability of their machines to unlock his “genetic memories.”

I don’t know about this one. In general, video game film adaptations haven’t done all that well, with the possible exception of the Resident Evil series, but even that has probably succeeded mostly because of Milla Jovovich than any fidelity of the game’s fans to the adaptation.

Also, I can’t help but feel like I’ve seen this kind of thing before in a series of B-movies from the 80s starring the incomparable Tim Thomerson: Trancers.

That being said, I suppose I’ll withhold judgement on the off-chance that Fassbender wouldn’t knowingly sign on to a lackluster, de facto superhero film after the success he has had portraying Magneto in the X-Men film franchise.

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