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Old 04-11-2017, 12:54 PM   #101
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I know nothing about the video game. The acting was fine, but I thought the characters were underdeveloped. I never felt a connection with them and didn't care about their fate. The story... I'll leave to personal taste. I liked the idea of 'the apple',
[Show spoiler]but I was disappointed.. When finally revealed 'in action' (which did nothing other than glow), it appeared more like an alien weapon than that from the divine.
Strong audio. The visuals were effective... dreamlike in 1492, as I suppose it should be. But most disappointing was the 3D... underwhelming, to say the least. Noticeably weak 3D throughout: 2/5.
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Didnt have an issue with the 3D aside from it being a little too dark at time. But hated the story. I can see people not knowing anything about the games being very confused.
Who knows at one point the movie was almost 25 minutes longer, maybe that version is good, though we will never see it.
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:11 AM   #103
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For those wondering what the 3D looks like in Assassin's Creed 3D, here's a 3D trailer, though in another language.

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I rented this in 2D via Netflix and couldnt even finish it. It was so rushed and messy. No attachment to characters at all. Very "video-game-ish" which is probably how its supposed to be. I felt like the opening was so abrupt and all of a sudden Mike Fassbender was hooked up to a virtual reality machine jumping around and fighting guys I couldnt care less about. Video Game movies continue to be simply terrible. Warcraft was borderline acceptable, maybe, but even that wasnt worth buying.

So, not even going to bother with the 3D on this one. Awful film, IMO.
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I rented this in 2D via Netflix and couldnt even finish it. It was so rushed and messy. No attachment to characters at all. Very "video-game-ish" which is probably how its supposed to be. I felt like the opening was so abrupt and all of a sudden Mike Fassbender was hooked up to a virtual reality machine jumping around and fighting guys I couldnt care less about. Video Game movies continue to be simply terrible. Warcraft was borderline acceptable, maybe, but even that wasnt worth buying.

So, not even going to bother with the 3D on this one. Awful film, IMO.
The problem is, that the people they keep getting for video game films are not fans, nor do they care about the source material. For Paul Anderson it is fairly clear Resident Evil was just a cash cow for him, for the director of Assassin's Creed, whilst I enjoyed the film it is a long shoot from comparing to his last film Macbeth (featuring the same leads as well), and that pattern keeps on going.

The only exception I can think of where the film maker clearly cared about the source material is the first Silent Hill film. He spent years convincing konami to be able to make the film and was going to return for the sequel (but it seems production issues and other problems lead to him dropping from the sequel). Still the film he did do was dripping with the feel and the atmosphere of Silent Hill and I would argue is a great film, not simply a good video game adaption.

Now i'm not saying no other film maker even tried, but I suspect the fact that it was clearly just another job for so many of those involved resulted in the sub par results we generally have gotten.
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The problem is, that the people they keep getting for video game films are not fans, nor do they care about the source material. For Paul Anderson it is fairly clear Resident Evil was just a cash cow for him, for the director of Assassin's Creed, whilst I enjoyed the film it is a long shoot from comparing to his last film Macbeth (featuring the same leads as well), and that pattern keeps on going.

The only exception I can think of where the film maker clearly cared about the source material is the first Silent Hill film. He spent years convincing konami to be able to make the film and was going to return for the sequel (but it seems production issues and other problems lead to him dropping from the sequel). Still the film he did do was dripping with the feel and the atmosphere of Silent Hill and I would argue is a great film, not simply a good video game adaption.

Now i'm not saying no other film maker even tried, but I suspect the fact that it was clearly just another job for so many of those involved resulted in the sub par results we generally have gotten.
Good points, and I agree tht Silent Hill as WAY better than expected. Wish that was out in 3D.

Its a tough "code to crack" as far as getting these video games movies are concerned. Most turn out bad. Its obviously hard to stay true to the games roots AND pull in new people that arent familiar with the game. I dunno.
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These days, video game cinematics and stories are often better than many modern movies, so there's no reason the producers couldn't just adapt exactly what was in the game to a live action recreation.

In Silent Hill the game on PS1, the sense of strong horror and dread in the game was not matched in the mild horror of the film version, as good as the first film was in terms of capturing a lot of Silent Hill's identity.

Quick example being the video game demon babies with the knives; they hunt down the player in the wire fencing, then giggle and begin stabbing the player's legs. Really disturbing and horrific in the game. In the movie, the CGI is really obvious, and the demon babies seemed unthreatening as she fell to the floor and then they turned to ash. It was kind of like a wasted opportunity, though it was nice they at least tried. Even though it's not scary, the first Silent Hill movie was a good try.

On topic, one thing AC the movie could've used was a sense of impending danger. Unfortunately, when the hero is stuck in a prison, sitting at the cafeteria table, and has random entries into the VR machine to try to find the original location of the Apple, it doesn't make for the most exciting movie as was shown here.

The action scenes were really nicely done even so, but I would have added a villain who was also hooked up to a machine, so whenever the hero entered, the villain would enter in pursuit, to try and eliminate the hero. There were hints of it, but nothing threatening happened to the hero till the end of the film. I haven't played the first game in awhile, but I can bet that would've been the best approach to telling the movie's story.
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