3. A convoluted plot
One of the reasons why Disney’s Prince of Persia movie wasn’t that great was its unnecessarily complicated plot. This involved time travel (and an obvious critique of the US invasion of Iraq to boot), instead of Disney simply making a straightforward action-fantasy movie starring the acrobatic prince.
The thing is, the Assassin’s Creed games have a similarly complex sci-fi premise, involving a bartender named Desmond who gets to relive the memories of his ancestors using a machine known as “the Animus”, which is controlled by a sinister corporation named Abstergo which is searching for mysterious artefacts from the past… Suffice to say it’s not the most straightforward plot ever, and the movie will be switching between two timelines: the present day with protagonist Callum Lynch and 15th century Spain, focusing on Lynch’s ancestor Aguilar.
Whether director Justin Kurzel will be able to make things understandable without resorting to too much exposition remains to be seen, and hopefully the Assassin’s Creed movie will have an engaging story that those who have not played the games can enjoy too.
Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Motion Pictures)