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IGN: Assassin's Creed Review

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Assassin's Creed, the first film to spin out of Ubisoft’s popular action/adventure franchise, has high aspirations. Director Justin Kurzel has reunited with the stars of his last project, 2015’s Macbeth, to create a project that is just as serious, just as weighty, despite at its core being about the quest for a magical apple through advanced virtual reality. Though it’s bolstered by some glorious action sequences and a stellar cast that really gives us their all, the lack of any levity whatsoever in Assassin's Creed amounts to a soulless experience that wastes its potential.

It starts promisingly, with some succinct historical backstory outlining the nefarious Templars’ ongoing efforts to retrieve The Apple of Eden and the Assassins’ ongoing efforts to stop them. Modern rock shreds as we cut to young Callum Lynch in the ‘80s, our unwitting protagonist whose world spins into chaos after his assassin ancestry catches up with him. It’s quick, confident exposition that efficiently condenses the notoriously convoluted lore of Ubisoft’s series.

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