Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel (2017) BBFC cert: 12A

With a recognisable brand, a built in fan base, a great cast and a serious budget, this could have been a fun action spectacular.

But even with its wretched history of adapting video game adaptions, it’s difficult to believe how brazenly Hollywood murder this one before your very eyes.

Michael Fassbender stars as Callum, a swaggering death row convict prisoner turned scientific guinea pig.

Marion Cotillard teams up with Fassbender for the second under Kurzel’s direction, after his version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (2015). The French actress plays Sophia, the chief of a mysterious foundation which has developed an machine for a covert purpose. Jeremy Irons plays Sophia’s father, and generates the films only laugh.

When Callum is plugged in to their experimental machine, his DNA accesses the memories of his fifteenth century ancestor, an assassin. He’s a medieval Jason Bourne (2016) who bounces across rooftops while juggling with a jelly-like plot – with predictably disastrous results.

Plus it’s a visual vomit of back lighting, lens flare and dust clouds, meaning the poor CGI action is hard to see.

Assassin’s Creed is a souped up sword and sci-fi version of The Da Vinci Code (2006), but lacking the necessary cloak and dagger.

@ChrisHunneysett

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