A few years back, Assassin’s Creed seemed like it was poised to end the video game curse. Not only did the movie look like a dead ringer for the video game source material, but it had the amazingly talented Michael Fassbender spearheading it in both an actor and producing role, which seemed as though it would guarantee its quality.
It did not. While I’m not sure I’d call the film bad, there was nothing about it that stood out, and that ultimately made it kind of a chore to get through (kind of like so many of the side quests in the games themselves — heyo!), which is the last thing you want for this kind of movie. With the film now in our rearview mirrors, Screen Daily, thought it would catch up with the director, Justin Kurzel, to discuss what went down with it.
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“Assassin’s Creed was huge for me, but fraught with difficulties in regards to the script and getting the project ready…There are things about that film I’m proud of. There’s a style and a vision to the film that a lot of people worked hard to achieve. But it was difficult, and its challenges always came back to the script. The film never really found its voice.”
Now, the director has managed to swing back to a more indie sensibility with his fourth film, True History of the Kelly Gang, which follows an Aussie outlaw, and it’s brought with it a more personal feel that has captured Kurzel in a way Assassin’s Creed could.
This is all unfortunate because, as Kurzel said, there was a lot there that worked, but when the true issues lied in the script, it’s hard to fix that with really nice window dressing.
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SOURCE: Screen Daily