Is there an end-credits scene in Assassin’s Creed?
For moviegoers trekking out to see the video-game-turned-action-flick, it’s a question that could potentially save them precious minutes at the end of the film. The end-credits scene, a popular plot device that has become increasingly common, is generally one or two minutes long and plays after all the credits have ended. These scenes are something of a reward for dedicated moviegoers who sit through five to seven minutes of credits, and they usually offer some conclusion on a plot line or, in the case of comedies, a final throw-away joke.
But a movie like Assassin’s Creed — which lies somewhere between genres — is a bit more of a mystery.
[WARNING: Some potential Assassin’s Creed spoilers are ahead]
Unfortunately, the answer to whether there’s an after-credits scene in Assassin’s Creed is a bit of a mystery as well. While all indications seem to show that there is no scene at the end — there has been no mention of a scene in any reviews, and the site dedicated to detailing after-credits scenes, MediaStinger, has no information about one — there is no set answer.
There could be a rather large audience waiting to find out. Despite some bad reviews, the movie is expected to compete for second place at the holiday box office, hauling in around $30 million for its opening weekend.
While Assassin’s Creed may have a built-in fan base from the popular video game and a timely release on Christmas weekend, when there is a wave of moviegoers looking to cash in their gift cards and get some time out of the home, mixed reviews may keep the box office total down.
Critical reviews have trended toward the negative for Assassin’s Creed, including a blunt review from Ars Technica that asked, “Can we go back in time and wipe Assassin’s Creed film from our DNA?” The review went on to say that actor Michael Fassbender is the only bright point in a film that fails to match the ingenuity of the popular video game series on which it’s based.
“The film’s first problem comes from how painfully thin the script is. Does Lynch have a personality? Hard to tell. All he gets to do is groan about his captivity, groan about his pain, and groan about his confusion. His history and personality are hinted at with a three-second glimpse at a wall of news clippings about his life—the kind of stuff, I should note, that gamers would get to pore over during a lengthy quest. Movie viewers aren’t given this luxury.”
There aren’t many kind reviews of Assassin’s Creed. The movie has a 20 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and only six of the 23 reviews so far are in any way positive.
But Assassin’s Creed could still have an excited audience waiting for it over the holiday weekend. While the movie scored reviews mostly on the poor side, it also scored high marks for viewer anticipation. And the filmmakers have been marketing the movie hard, including some tie-ins with the Assassin’s Creed digital comic.
And while there may not be an after-credits scene in Assassin’s Creed, there is at least one advantage to the lack of a final scene — with a hefty running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, it will give viewers a bit of an early jump for the exits.
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