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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akirakato
Feb 28, 2018

Directed by Justin Kurzel in 2016 based on the video game franchise of the same name, this American action-adventure drama depicts the struggle of Callum "Cal" Lynch who found his mother killed by his father, Joseph, a modern-day Assassin.
In 2016, Cal is sentenced to death for murdering a pimp, but his execution is faked by the Abstergo Foundation, which then takes him to their research facility in Madrid.
The stopryline switches back and forth between the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 and the present.
For those who don't know the video game, the story seems quite complicated, but you should be able to enjoy this action-packed thrilling and amazingly fascinating entertainment.

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PearlyKayAm1
Feb 22, 2018

Non-stop action is no substitute for a good story. I do not know anything about the game. This movie does not make me want to learn/play the game. I liked the weapons better than any other part of the movie. Be prepared to read a lot of English subtitles because much of the movie has characters speaking to each other in Spanish. This 1'55" movie is 1'40" movie plus 15 minutes of credits.

If there is a more absurd (mainstream) movie to have been released this decade I have yet to see it.
It is astounding that Michael Fassbender and Jeremy Irons accepted these roles.
The script and entire central theme of this movie are laughable on a variety of levels.
This is something a 10 year old would write.

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mr_chocolate
Jan 24, 2018

I watched this film without having ever seen any of the action/adventure video games, that got it's start in 2007, developed by Ubisoft Montreal. I had heard reviews of some of the many games out there and had seen some clips, but had not really understood the whole story behind the concept.
So I was watching this as a movie on it's own accord and was rather impressed, with only a couple of problems of believability. Obviously so was Michael Fassbender, with the game and had production credits with this 2016 full length movie.
The extra 20 minutes in the Special Features, does have interviews with the actors and director, and other creative people behind the visual effects.
The fight scenes and Parkour segments were also impressive and well done.

KickyMcGee Jan 18, 2018

I THINK I like this movie, but it's kinda hard to say for sure. There is a LOT of Assassins Creed mythos in here, and if you're not up on that stuff, you might feel lost. Thing is? Even if you ARE a Creed-Head (okay, a term I just made up), you'll feel at least a little lost. My suggestion? Enjoy watching Michael Fassbender, and go with the nonsense. You could do worse wasting 90 minutes.

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duane767
Dec 30, 2017

Oh, poor Michael Fassbender. One of my current favorite actors and he gets stuck in something like this. The movie moved along okay but what an abrupt ending. I guess they are hoping to draw people back for a sequel? Don't think I'll be one of those people. And Marion Cottilard in this too. It wasn't for lack of onscreen talent that this failed...

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chaliser
Nov 13, 2017

It doesn't really come across in the movie that there are both spiritually balanced, well-meaning Templars as well as those who will be addicted to power (also as Templars) unless you view the extras and hear one statement to that effect in the midst of various more sensational messages. As a result, one gets that the Assassins are Near-Eastern assassins of "Christian" Templars and justified by their creed and as all about proper use of Free Will, as (one easily gets the idea is) opposed to the Templars attitude about it. Oh, and the Templars were usually at the burning end of inquisitions. Read Holy Blood, Holy Grail. In any case I will assume that Assassin's Creed gamers have a more balanced view, but the movie leaves the rest of us tolerating (or worse, believing) a false premise and a misrepresentation. Hopefully, *"Assassin's Creed II"* will clear that up, as this movie ended like it was far from finished anyway. Besides that, the movie is fine as far as fast-action flicks go, including with a highly creative story line, sufficient acting (sans character development), and great locations. And even some shadow-switching of "the darkness" and "the light." And yet, clarity of certain aspects, however subtle or coded in metaphor, is most recommended, especially in legend-type stories. My point being: that to contradict or confuse those is to engender caution and distrust in the motives of the writer and/or director.

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singidunum_25
Sep 28, 2017

Visually, this movie, is amazing, but unfortunately nothing else.

This film is visually compelling, and I like the "Apple of Eden"/free will/Knights Templar hook, but the whole SciFi genetic time travel component of the screenplay doesn't fly. If you're like me, a devoted Michael Fassbender fan, you'll want to see this movie nonetheless. But know your time would be much better spent seeing the movie that director Justin Kurzel made prior to ASSASSIN'S CREED, also starring Fassbender, an amazing film version of MACBETH.

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samjenks
Sep 21, 2017

This movie has enough action but a bit on the stupid side.

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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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