It’s better than what most people are giving it credit for. Sure they spend most of the time in the present, but that’s where the core of the plot has always been. If you don’t like the sci-fi elements of AC, then why not play or watch something more historically accurate instead. There’s plenty of action scenes that cater to the series; they just needed to stay in one timeline throughout the scene. Showing the perspective from outside the animus while he’s in it is good to establish, but then move on. There were far too many transitions back and forth. Other than that the movie was fine. Not perfect by any means, but still a good film. We had three scenes in the past that told a story, and the rest of the scenes conveyed the plot of the present day world. It’s essentially two stories in one. You can’t have one without the other, and the film doesn’t have time to dawdle in the past for long stretches of time as the games do. At least not if it wants to have a complete story arc. We could’ve seen even more about the past, and really taken our time to build on those ancient worlds and the lore of AC in the sequels. However, this first film not only had to present an interesting sci-fi concept that made sense, but it also needed to tell a story and be a good film all at the same time. I can see where they tried to do that, and I think that for the most part, they hit the mark. Yet, despite these demands, the mainstream critics couldn’t forgive them in the least. For that reason, this will probably be the end for a potentially good franchise. Fassbender is one of the best action-stars we have today, and I would’ve liked to have seen more from him in this role.
Score: 3.5 / 5 Stars