Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

DVD - 2017
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Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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therhiannamater
Aug 16, 2017

Okay. Whew. Deep breaths. Alright. Assassin's Creed was the first game I played on the first gen Xbox 360. It's one of the few games I've played to 100% completion. I'm a huge fan of the series. I tried not to bring that bias along when watching this, but it wouldn't even have mattered. Honestly, this movie is a mess. The continuity and plot lines are all over the place and even the actors seemed lost in the context. Marion Cottilard, who is spectacular in 99% of her roles, felt like nothing more than a prop, with an accent that randomly seemed like it was supposed to be British, although she's obviously French. Pair that with completely jumbled characters we're suddenly supposed to care about despite having zero explanation or background stories. Even Fassbender, gorgeous as he is, couldn't save this one.

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Logovore
Jul 26, 2017

I lost interest and could not watch more than about the first 10 minutes, which is unusual as I'm a fan of SF and fantasy.

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jds1
Jul 24, 2017

I guess it is geared to gamers, not 60 year old coots. I could not get into this one even though I really enjoy sci-fi/fantasy movies. I'm no good at video games anyway!

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hammer59
Jul 19, 2017

I had no idea that this movie was based on a video game. I don't play them. I saw the trailer and was mildly interested. It is a fantasy/thriller that is exceptionally well done, great story and killer special effects. Have not been excited about a movie since "The Kingsmen" which has a sequel coming out soon. 4 stars.

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Fififorever2103
Jul 03, 2017

Baffles me as to why Jeremy Irons Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender would agree to do that is. Hope the money was worth it

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Dreamstime
Jun 23, 2017

Difficult to follow but still interesting to watch.

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RyanD78
Jun 14, 2017

I've played every single game in this series, it's one of my favorites. Do yourself a favor, go play the game and try to forget this movie ever existed.

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Kamytournesol
Jun 12, 2017

Je suis déçue. Le film a un bon sujet mais il y a quelque chose qui ne nous captive pas assez. Est-ce la musique ? Est-ce parce que l'on empathise pas assez avec les personnages principaux? Ou encore une histoire qui n'est pas assez captivante ?

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Vrouk
Jun 09, 2017

Pros: Michael Fassbender is an amazing actor, some great visuals, stunts, and fights sequences.

Cons: Lack of any real emotional connection to the main character. We sort of see a backstory for him (but missing key elements like who he brutally murdered to end up on death row). The characters are forgetable and not really developed at all. There are logic problems all around. And guards without guns? Marion Cotillard is a horrible actress (at least, in English). I think they should have just told the story in the past and forget about the whole genetic memory McGuffin.

It's faithful to the video game to a fault. The ridiculous conceit in the game is forgivable in a video game where it's the action and feel of the game that matters. In a movie a ridiculous element like genetic memory weighs it down like an anchor. It has some great moments in the movie surrounded by "why should I care about anyone in this film? moments.

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gurujr
May 22, 2017

You torture a guy mentally and physically day and night with all sorts of technology so you can find a old magic apple. Sounds like a great plan.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

***SPOILER ALERT***
For centuries, the order of the Knights Templar have searched for the mythical Apple of Eden. They believe it contains not only the seeds of man's first disobedience, but the key to the free will itself.
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What is it?
-The machine? It's genetic memory. By using the Animus, we can relive lives of those who made us who we are.
What I saw in there, it felt real.
-It was. In a way.
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Tell my father that I'll see him in hell.
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You're in a rehabilitation wing of Abstergo Foundation in Madrid, a private organization dedicated to the perfection of human kind. With your help, we can pioneer new ways to eradicate violence.
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What do you want from me?
-Your past. Listen to me carefully, Cal. You're about to enter the Animus. What you are about to see, hear and feel, are the memories of someone who has been dead for 500 years.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

Looking back it's clear that a history of the world is history a violence. Last year the economic impact of antisocial behavior was 9 trillion dollars. We believe that man today experiences a measure of aggression which he finds no acceptable outlets. Now imagine if all these costs could be channeled elsewhere...

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We've won. People are no longer care about their civil liberties, they care about their standard of life. The modern world has outgrown notions like freedom. They are content to follow. The threat remains while free will exists. For centuries we try with religion, with politics and now consumerism to eliminate dissent. Isn't it the time we gave a science a try?

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Hallucinations are what we call the "bleeding effect." Images of your regression, laying themselves over your present day field of vision. If you allow me, I can teach you how to control them.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

I know everything about you, Cal. Your medical data, your psychological profile, the mutations in your MAO-A gene. I know about the foster homes. The juvenile homes. You are a living proof of the link between heredity and crime.
-How did you find me?
We found Aguilar. When you were arrested, your DNA matched his.
-Who is Aguilar?
Your ancestor. His family were Assassins. They were burnt at the stake by the Templars, Torquemada and the black night you saw, Ojeda. Aguilar took up the Assassins' cause.

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The Bible tells us it contained the seed of man's first disobedience. But there are those of us who believe that God or some ancient civilization have left us a road map to understand why people are violent.
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I thought I was here to be cured.
-Violence is a disease. Like cancer. And like cancer, we hope to control it one day.
Violence is what kept me alive.
-Well technically, you're dead.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

Assassins and Templars have been at war for centuries. I aim to change that.
-That's right, I forgot. We're here to combat aggression. I don't think I like your methods.
I am a scientist. I'm here to be cured of violence.
-Who's gonna cure you?

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You're your mother's son.
-What does that mean?
Blood that flows through you is not your own. Belongs to the Creed. Your mother knew that. She died so the Creed may live.
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The Apple contains the genetic code for free will. They will use it to destroy us.
-I'm gonna find it. And watch them destroy you and your Creed.
You can not kill the Creed. It's in your blood. The Apple is everything. Your mother died to protect it.
=She had no choice. I do.
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For decades, you have lived in the world torn apart by religious discord. But soon, thanks to God and Inquisition we will purge this disease! The sinners before you, sought to defend the heretic prince of Granada, the last heathen stronghold in our holy war.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

Do you know how the Assassins came to be named? From an Arabic word "Hashashin". They were society's outcasts. Those who stole, who murdered in cold blood. People ridiculed them... Rebels, fools, drug addicts. But they were wise. They used this reputation to hide the dedication to principles beyond those of even their strongest enemies. And for that I admire them. But you're not one of those men. Are you?

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Here lies the seed of man's first disobedience, of free will itself. Thanks to the Apple of Eden, the known world shall be ushered into a new age. One of peace, in which all the warring populations of mankind shall bow in perfect obedience to our one Templar rule. The Apple.

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Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember... Nothing is true. Where other men are limited by morality or law, remember...-Everything is permitted. We work in the darkness to serve the light. We are Assassins.

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

If we eradicate free will, we eradicate the Assassins. A cancer that has menaced society for centuries. It's not my best work, but it gets the point across. We've been looking for solutions. You've eliminated the problem.
-So my program...
Has brought order to society for the first time.
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With the recovery of the Apple, we are now in possession of the complete genetic road map to humanity's instincts. Any impulse towards independence, resistance or rebellion will be crushed. Any predisposition that might oppose our march of progress can now be eradicated.
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I'm here to help you. And you're here to help me.
-I can't help you anymore.
What about all those great plans? Cure violence, combat aggression.
-That's not going to happen. You've started this,
Sophie. You don't get to walk away. We both know what happens next. Not everything deserves to live.
-I can't do this.
Yes, you can.

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makie_0
Apr 01, 2017

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jimg2000
Apr 12, 2017

This Assassin’s Creed Featurette Explains the Animus, Which Never Made Sense Even In the Games, So Good Luck
by Maddy Myers | 1:08 pm, November 30th, 2016

https://www.themarysue.com/assassins-creed-animus/

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