Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

Justin Kurzel (2016)

110min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Michael Fassbender heads a stellar cast that helps to elevate director Justin Kurzel's adaptation of the same-titled video game. It is a moody, richly textured if confusing spectacle where Fassbender's DNA is the key to ending a centuries-old war between the controlling Templars and the Assassins, who are essentially freedom-loving rebels. Scientist Marion Cotillard has invented a machine that sees Fassbender regress to the time of the Spanish Inquisition to locate what both factions want: the genetic code for free will. Kurzel, who directed Fassbender and Cotillard in Macbeth (2015), successfully marries the signature touches of the blockbusting game (the "Leap of Faith" and the visually thrilling blur of past and present) with a neat origin story and fits in plenty of dynamic action. The flashbacks are tricked out with eye-popping parkour stunts and the bleak finale is marked by a swirl of death, destruction and destiny that seems to anticipate a sequel. Both the ardent fanbase and casual observer are well catered for.

Summary

A convict facing execution is recruited for a secret experiment where his consciousness is sent back in time to experience the life of his ancestor - a 15th-century ancestor battling a secret society. With the same evil organisation plotting world domination in the present, he must master his predecessor's skills and unlock his secret knowledge to defeat them. Action adventure based on the video game series, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.

Cast & Crew

Callum Lynch / Aguilar Michael Fassbender
Dr Sophia Rikkin Marion Cotillard
Alan Rikkin Jeremy Irons
Joseph Lynch Brendan Gleeson
Ellen Kaye Charlotte Rampling
Moussa Michael Kenneth Williams
Maria Ariane Labed
Nathan Callum Turner
McGowan Denis Ménochet
Mary Lynch Essie Davis
Young Joseph Brian Gleeson
Torquemada Javier Gutiérrez
Sultan Muhammad XII Khalid Abdalla
Benedicto Carlos Bardem
Emir Matias Padin Varela
Director Justin Kurzel
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Other Information

Language: English, Spanish+subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Jan 2017
Drama