The first point that needs to be established is, yes,
you can watch Assassin’s Creed the
movie, even if you’ve never played the video game.
That said, it’s a fairly complicated premise that
revolves around the Apple of Eden which contains the generic code for free will.
For the Church, the Apple symbolises the first seeds of disobedience.
But this is no game. It’s a bloody battle down the
ages between the Templars who don’t want people to be blessed with free will
and the dark, deadly and dedicated Assassins who’re actually the good people
who protect the Apple.
The Assassins remind themselves that they work in the
dark to save the light and believe that everything is permitted. Free will must
prevail and must never be taken away by the Templars.
The violent face-off between the Templars and the Assassins,
swings back and forth between 2016 and 1492.
Cal Lynch, a criminal who’s been sentenced to death in
a Texas prison in 2016, finds himself in the custody of ruthless Dr Rikkin and
his daughter Sofia who run a Templar-funded Foundation in Madrid. Cal’s DNA
matches that of Aguilar, the Assassin who saved the Apple from the Templars
during the Spanish Inquisition. Through a painful and violent past life
regression supervised by Sofia, Cal is taken back to 500 years ago to find the
Along with a trio of writers, director Justin Kurzel
has an eagle soaring high and free in the sky connecting Aguilar with Cal.
Adam Arkapaw’s camera also swoops like an eagle from
high up to down below where the action is unrelenting. Aguilar the Assassin and
his mentor scale great walls, jump over unending rooftops and spill blood to
protect the Apple.
It’s repeated in 2016 by Cal and it’s a high
adrenaline fight to protect free will whatever the personal cost to the cheerless
What’s also a repeat is that Michael Fassbender with
the super body and super fighting skills, wears one grim expression as Cal and
I suspect this is the beginning of a new franchise and
we’re going to see more of Cal the brooding Assassin in the months to
For a film that’s strictly for those who like bloody
action, Assassin’s Creed gets a 3*
Bharathi S Pradhan
Columnist, Critic & Author