Assassin’s Creed is one of those game franchises where I have yet to really delve deep into it, but from what I’ve seen and briefly played, it’s a pretty fun game series. So much so, one would think a film based on them would’ve been released sooner. But as they say, better late than never which brings us to director Justin Kurzel and his take on the games with Assassin’s Creed. Featuring a good cast, nice action, and of course sweet, sweet parkour, fans and those who enjoy action flicks will want to don their hoods and daggers for this one.
Fellow movie reviewer Chris Sobrinski shared the plot details and his take on the movie in his review of the theatrical release, and I also reviewed the behind the scenes book earlier this year for even more details on the games and film. With that being said, I’ll just go into my take on this Blu-ray release and the special features it contains. While I can understand where Chris was coming from in his review, I actually liked this movie for the most part as it is one of the better video game based features out there. The actors are well chosen and perform just as great as you’d hope, especially with the always amazing Jeremy Irons, and the action scenes may not be as intense (or as violent, thanks PG-13) as in the games, but they’re pretty good all the same.
As to be expected, the film looks and sounds great thanks to being on Blu-ray. The visuals and audio are both crisp, detailed, and come through nicely. When you’re finished with the mission and have put your daggers away, you can check out the special features here. “Take the Pledge: Behind the Scenes of Assassin’s Creed” is a massive, five part documentary that goes behind the scenes of the film, the game franchise itself, the physical training the cast had to undergo, and more. I’m a big fan of behind the scenes extras, and these give a very good insight into what goes on behind the cameras and then some that should keep info buffs like myself happy. “Conversations with Justin Kurzel” are four featurettes that have director Justin Kurzel talk about the editing, the music by his brother Jed, the visual effects and more. These are also a really good example of how to give viewers detailed insight into the workings of making a film come to life. “Deleted Scenes Conversation with Justin Kurzel and Christopher Tellefsen” has the director and editor discuss how they went about deciding what made the cut and what ended up on the floor, such as a nice subplot about a young girl named Lara that was deleted. There’s also a nice amount of deleted scenes to go over that round out the extra features.
It may not be the video game based masterpiece most were hoping for, but I liked Assassin’s Creed as it’s a very enjoyable film nonetheless. Perhaps because I tend to watch a lot of movies with little to no expectations that allowed me to have fun with this one, but I think fans of the series and action movie lovers will want to stealth their way to snag a copy and have a parkour-flipping good time.