Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) 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.
“Assassin’s Creed” is a movie based on a video game, and it shows. It is an action-packed and violent movie which is short on character development and doesn’t settle down much. The main character, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), when he was a child found his mother murdered. His life as an adult isn’t easy either. His ancestor was Aguilar, from 15th Century Spain, and due to DNA and modern technology, he is able to experience the past. It is referred to as “genetic memory.” He learns that a secret society, the Assassins, are his forefathers, and he winds up taking on the Templar organization, which will require all of his skill and newly gained knowledge. He must battle his demons from the past; i.e., in one scene of the movie, he says that if he could, he would love to kill his father for killing his mother. The “Apple of Eden” is an object of pursuit in the story and it stands for disobedience. One nice scene features the mention of the Bible and how some people believe it is a road map to explain violence.
This is a dark movie, to say the least, and due to nonstop violence and the strong utterances of language, we are regrettably not able to award the film our Dove Family-Approved Seal.