The trailers for this movie made it look action packed and full of adventure. The general plot is one with loads of potential. You go back in history to see what your ancestors did! Now, I’ll admit right now that I’ve never played the video game, so bear in mind that I am watching this movie and judging it simply as that, a movie.
So, a few things. First, the action scenes are very choppy. Like how a scene looks when you hit the fast forward button and frames are skipped. I get this was done to create an effect, or maybe make people seem they are moving faster than they are, hell, maybe it was to try to shorten the length of the movie, cause two hours was way too long. It could even be that in the video game the action has that look to it. Either way, I wasn’t a fan and disliked the action scenes because of that filming choice. It made it hard to see what was going on.
The plot, confusing. I would try to explain it to you, but I can’t. I have no idea what I watched, what the goal or point was. I will tell you that every time the theater became silent, snores could be heard from other audience members… so I’m guessing I wasn’t the only person who was struggling to figure things out. Here’s an example. The main character’s mother, basically kills herself so no one can view her ancestor’s history. But the father is also shown as someone they are interested in seeing the past of and eventually they use the son to see into the past life the so called bad guys are so interested in. But why were the bad guys interested in both the mom and dad? Only one of them should have been related to the person of interest, right? See how this isn’t explained well at all, nor does it make sense?
And the acting. I imagine the director told each person this to inspire them before their scene. “You are angry, really angry, but don’t show it. You have nerves of steel, show no emotion.” Yup. Its like watching a movie of robots, who are seething with emotion underneath but refuse to show it. Everyone had the same personality–can you say boring?
All I could think while I was watching it was, this would make a good video game, if you removed the movie plot. So… go play the game, don’t see the movie.