Instead of dying, however, he is brought to a super-secret research facility in Spain presided over by two Templars — Alan Rikkin Irons and his scientist daughter Sophia Cotillard. Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons. The fundamental problem is the screenplay. Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender. 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. Jumping back and forth in time from modern day to 1492, the story never grips the viewer and the characters are paper-thin.
Was it possible to get a better set of actors? But the story…better luck next time. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins and Templars, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. A former Shaolin monk, martial arts action star Xing Yu aka Shi Yanneng stars as Vajra in his first leading role. Cut to 2016 — Cal, now a man and played by Fassbender , awaits execution by lethal injection for a capital crime. Young Vajra was especially gifted, but swears a secret oath of revenge when his brother dies.
Plus Brendan Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling. Now the greatest assassin in the temple, Vajra escapes to China and begins his quest to protect the innocent, and destroy the ones responsible for making him a living weapon. His camera swoops and soars and he uses the score by his younger brother, Jed, to punch up key moments. The music is effective, although a little in-your-face. Obtuse, narratively incoherent, and ultimately frustrating, it stands as another example of how hard it is to make a good mainstream movie out of a popular computer game. . Surely, this was going to be the one.
Their goal is to get Cal to use a machine called The Animus to experience the memories of an ancestor, an assassin named Aguilar, so he can pinpoint the location of the lost artifact The Apple of Eden. . . . .
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