Assassin’s Creed is a movie all about the joys of family history. Well not really, but sort of.

Assassin’s Creed is the story of two clandestine organizations who have been engaged in a secret war for ages. The Templars and the Assassins. The modern day Templars have created a technology that will allow Callum Lynch access to the genetic memories of his Assassin ancestors to unlock a secret that can end violence in the world. Not only does Cal begin to unlock the mysteries of his ancestors’ past, but also their Assassin skills and abilities.

When you take this film for what it is, it is pretty good. It is a movie re-creation of a video game. If you are a fan of the Assassin’s Creed video game series, you will like this movie. There are a lot of references to game elements, like the “leap of faith” and “eagle vision”. For those who are not as familiar with the game, you might find the story a little overwhelming. Assassin’s Creed appears to rely heavily on the idea that you should already know the games.

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The action choreography is very exciting. The free running sequence gets a little long, but the balance of reality and gravity defiance keeps you engaged. The fighting is very impressive with fast martial art fights and precise movements. This really isn’t enough to prompt a non-fan to rush to the theatre. It would be a good time for a group of friends to get together when the DVD comes out.

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Assassin’s Creed has a lot fighting and killing. It isn’t blood spurting graphic, but we do see death up close. We do have one F-bomb and one excremental related swear. There is little sexuality except for Michael Fassbender with his shirt off.
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There are two great themes to the film. First, that free will is essential. Some might think forcing all to obey would make the world better, but choice and accountability are what gives meaning to our human experience.

Second was the benefits of understanding our ancestors. Much of who we are comes from our family history. It would be good for us to seek them out and get to know them to better know ourselves. Family Search has some amazing ways to connect to your roots.

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What questions do you have about Assassin’s Creed? Still not sure if you should see it in the theatre? Let me know your concerns and I’ll try my best to give you a spoiler-free answer.