Only the Brotherhood Wants to See Assassin’s Creed

484-film-page-largeBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Video game buffs will be curious about Assassin’s Creed. When this movie is competing in a heavy holiday week which includes Rogue One and Sing, a single film will stand out and the winner is sadly obvious. This product succeeds at a reasonably enjoyable techno-fantasy romp that blends ideas from the Tomb Raider 2 (ala Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull route) with DaVinci Code.

However, this film is an introductory one, and it needs more substance (lore) to make it more filling. I do not know the games very well, so I was going into this movie slightly blind. The archaeology hints at a master race (the Nephilim?) who predated the creation of the Garden of Eden (from whence the apple came from) in order to create the Tree of Good and Evil to which Adam and Eve plucked from which gave them free will. I’m being deliberately misleading so not to spoil the real mythos.

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Smurfs 2 Theatrical Trailer #2

The Smurfs 2 - WikipediaFor those of you who had a smurfin’ good time at the last Smurfs feature (I know I laughed out loud at Hank Azaria’s performance) than Smurfs 2 may be just for you.

The Smurfs with the aid of their human friends mount a rescue after Smurfette (Katy Perry) is captured by Gargamel (Hank Azaria). It is she who Gargamel believes contains the knowledge of a formula to turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creations – creatures called the Naughties – into true blue Smurfs.

Neil Patrick Harris makes his return as Patrick Winslow and is joined by Harry Potter’s Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody, Brendan Gleeson. Fans of Jonathan Winters will flock to the theatres to see his final role as the voice of Papa Smurf.

Smurfs 2 premieres July 31st.

Source(s): Movie Coming Soon

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