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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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Old 05-16-2017, 07:43 AM   #108
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I watched this on Sunday and I thought it had fantastic 3D. I think throughout it was easily medium 3D with a few stronger shots. The whole movie looked great though. Obviously those who have seen it know it's a dark movie and then the animus scenes are all filled with lots of smoke but despite these things the 3D really shines from beginning to end.

With regard to the movie itself it was very good IMO. I enjoyed it throughout. The animus sequences are by far the highlight though and I wish more of the movie had taken place in the animus, as it was we got 3 sequences in there I think. I was really hoping to have a finale in the animus but that didn't play out. I think the biggest drawback is that the finale is a little weak and it probably needed a bigger set piece at the end, but that aside it's a really good action thriller sci fi. Fassbender was good but I think Marion Cottilard struggled a bit with her English accent. The visual FX were very good throughout, a few ropey shots but that's to be expected.

I liked that the movie took itself and its subject matter very seriously. I recall lots of complaints when this came out about the lack of humour but that seems like a very silly complaint to have. Not every movie needs to be full of jokes. If anyone was on the fence about this, I highly recommend giving it a chance. The 3D adds to much and the historical sequences in the animus are absolutely exhilarating. Best sequence in the movie is the midway escape scene with Fassbender and the female assassin as they escape execution. I was on the edge of my seat. Fantastic stuff.

I see a lot of complaints here about how dark the movie is in 3D. I don't own an OLED, just a standard LG 3D set and I had no trouble whatsoever with the darkness. I thought the movie looked great and IMO Doctor Strange is a much darker movie than this.
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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.
I agree with this. I saw it in big screen on 3D and even then I found it to be quiet boring. I can imagine that watching it in 2D would be awful.
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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.
I have to agree with you. I'm a huge fan of the video game series and I typically enjoy even bad video game interpretations (like Super Mario Bros. ) but this movie was severely lacking considering the potential story they could have adapted from the game. Usually 3D elevates a bad movie to re-watch status, but not if it's mostly boring.

There are several things that were just wrong, I can forgive the rushed opening though since the important thing is getting to the Animus parts.
[Show spoiler]But those parts just seemed like short vignettes instead of what should have been the main story with the modern day setting being the vignette parts. When the Animus parts were going, they were fairly good though, especially when they try to escape by running around the city, they nailed that aspect of the game at least
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I think my biggest complaint would be the weak ending,
[Show spoiler]the Apple not really demonstrating the power that it has which should have lead to an action packed final confrontation. Marion Cotillard's character letting the assassins walk in without trying to warn anyone and then being angry when they kill her pappy, what did she think they were going to do?!


They honestly could have cut several things that I felt were unnecessary, like
[Show spoiler]the parts with the other assassins, it distracted from Fassbender's character who should have figured a way out himself instead of essentially going along with their plan. I understand why the assassin father was included, to give Fassbender some angst, but there were better ways to motivate his character to get back in the machine without as much screen time dedicated to it, which would have meant more Animus time
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Another aspect that the games touch upon are
[Show spoiler]how these past assassin's interacted with historical figures and events. The film barely touches upon this other than the Spanish Inquisition that we're thrown in the middle of it without adequate build up of the main bad guys (who are also throwaway characters) and a quick scene with Christopher Columbus (also giving him the Apple and not hiding it in the New World is ridiculous)
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I totally agree about the animus stuff. This should've been mostly set in the animus with the modern day stuff only taking up a small portion.
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The whole focus on the high tech apple also could've been given a glimpse of its power right in the beginning of the film, showing a flashback of how it would control mankind. If they did that, it would give the movie more tension and consequence, so if Fassbender doesn't recover the apple before the Templars, the whole world would suffer including Fassbender, who would become subservient to his enemies. By not showing what it was all about and only mentioning it with words, the impact seems questionable, and the story loses impact. At least that's one point of view of how to improve the story without any major changes.

I generally enjoyed the movie but mostly for the time setting and the action scenes. The 3D helps too. Having played the games, it captured the look and style of the games and the action very well.
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