While this wasn't the greatest of fantasy movies, I think I probably liked it more than most people did. Somehow it had the feeling of a stage play. The focus was more to a very specific point of a story, rather than telling the whole story, I guess this made it less of an action movie that everyone expected. But I liked it. I like the feeling, the cinematography and the style of the story telling.
Like with Angry Birds, this confirms a tendency of late to have narratives of Us against Them in mainstream flicks. We have very clear groups, enemies that are irreconcilable. So much that their dispute mirrors our conflicts. It's very bold to have Assassins, since Assassins were part of a Shia sect formed in the 11th cent. We could almost read it like a story about the failure to reconcile Islam and Christianity.
Francamente una roba così brutta non me l'aspettavo nemmeno nella peggiore delle ipotesi. Sembra un videogioco brutto, scritto male (ci saranno dieci dialoghi in tutto il film e sono raccapriccianti), mortalmente noioso, e girato pure in modo vergognoso con un'estetica che si mangia del tutto la leggibilità delle scene di combattimento. Perfino i capitoli meno riusciti del gioco erano più interessanti di 'sto film.
Literally anything is possible with the story premise of histories brutal oppressive hierarchies laboring in the enterprise of enslaving populations being fought by an anarchic proto-revolutionary sect where their struggle is linked to the present day. Could have done almost anything with that and they aimed for some family drama that is incapable of holding or forming a film together.
A seeming commitment to practical stunts is undone by subpar digital effects and some of the most frenetic editing since "Quantum of Solace." I appreciate a video game adaptation that brings a modicum of seriousness to the genre, but casual viewers will likely be put off by the ludicrous nature of the plot while fans of the series are bound to feel like they're watching one long cutscene without any button prompts.
This film fails in every way, but it is perhaps more obvious in its total lack of any argumental development. No likable characters, no development for any of them, lots of silly action movie choreographies and a very notable lack of aesthetic joy. What's the use for all the millions invested on CGI crap if you have zero story whatsoever?