Assassin's Creed (2016)
: I'm about two thirds through this, but so far it's a mixed bag of mostly crap. For background, I've only played through about half of the second game in the series, so I don't have a lot invested in it. As far as video game inspired movies go, this is definitely one of the less terrible ones - but then, that's not saying much, especially since a lot of them were made by the notorious Uwe Boll. The fights and action scenes in this were pretty good and thankfully there's not a lot of shaky cam.
Still, it's not a great, or even a good movie by any stretch. I'm not sure why they thought every scene needed dust or mist to obscure our view. Maybe that's because the game uses this as a way to avoid having to render distant objects? And the editing is a bit choppy at times and some of the fight scenes are too zoomed in, so that you still don't have the best view of what's going on.
The "science" is obviously complete gobbledygook. It made me want to cry a little at times. That wouldn't be so terrible for a dumb action movie, except the whole plot revolves around it. Watching it as "magic" helps, but they insist on using stupid terms like "genetic memory" and they keep talking about an apple which controls "the genetic code for free will" which can be used to "control freedom of thought", which sounds like a catch phrase made up by someone who knows nothing about any of these topics. Also, having recently read a chapter on the historic Assassins cult in a book on the history of terrorism, nothing that was said on that subject in this movie sounded remotely true to life.
The main character is an idiot (what else is new) who
decides on a whim to help his captors simply because they've also captured his father, who murdered his mother, even after he finds out that these obvious bad guys want him to lead them to the mind-controlling apple.
To be fair, he is not helped by any of the other "good" characters (who do a bit of murdering for a living) who can't seem to speak two words without descending into unnecessarily vague, nebulous deepities, and who seem to insist on not telling him straight up what's going on even when it would help them. The fate of the world is in his hands, assholes... Maybe you should actually tell the guy what's going on in clear terms?
Similarly, the "bad" guys (who want to get rid of violence by murdering a lot of people and taking away everyone's free will) are also idiots, who
hold captive a large number of lethal assassins, who are their sworn enemies, in a minimum security type facility, with unarmed guards that seem barely trained, and apparently allow them to carry weapons in there, or at least to access a museum full of weapons, as well? What could possibly go wrong? Of course, they eventually revolt and kill all the redshirt baddies, but only after our hero has given away the apple's location - even though there seems to be no particular reason why they would wait at all.
In other words, the writing sucks. With all these things taken together, the story didn't really captivate me very much (though to be fair I'm a bit distracted by my tensorflow experiments atm). 5-/10.
EDIT: Getting stupider by the minute, but the fights are still entertaining.
EDIT 2: Well, I saw the whole thing. If you're going to watch this, make sure to turn off your brain or be very, very drunk so that you don't notice the idiotic writing, and it might entertain you. I was not drunk.