- What on earth inspired Abstergo to make this version of the Animus, let alone use it? Not only does it take up an obscene amount of space, not only is the mechanical arm to which the subject is attached seemingly only there for outsiders looking in but the two times a leap of faith is done in it, it results in either temporary paralysis or extreme malfunctioning.
- Why was it made? Synchronization. Allowing the subject to move as their ancestor moves might help synch ratio between the two. This could also be why the subject is given weapons; the tactile feeling of the weapons and the fact that they are the ancestor's own weapons might aid syncronization. Callum fully integrated Aguilar's memories after just three regressions without any need of the extra missions or special feats that are seen in the games.
- Why is it so unreliable? Perhaps it is a prototype "next-gen" Animus and subject to bugs. Its poor performance could be why the Templar elders don't want to fund it anymore.
- Does Aguilar die at the end of his portion of the film? There didn't seem to be a definite conclusion shown on screen.
- He doesn't. Callum's genealogy in Sophia's office shows Aguilar died more than thirty years after the events of the movie. Also, remember their genetic memory only reachs up to the moment they are conceived; Aguilar surviving and fathering the next generation of Assassins is a given.
- Why in the world did the templars evacuate their meeting when Callum assassinated one of their most powerful members in the middle of a team meeting? Seeing one of their most hated enemies kill right in front of all of them? You'd think they would've torn him apart right there and then or shoot him with 50 bullets rather than run.
- Because they're unarmed. There are no weapons except those held by a small security staff; they weren't expecting an attack here, in their most important gathering. They're panicking over the possibility that they might be next.
- Considering that Rikkin is a Non-Action Big Bad, it stands to reason that the other big wigs were likewise non-combatants. Furthermore, they have no idea just how many Assassins were present and afraid of more jumping out at them; what if the high profile Assassin right in front of them is a Kansas City Shuffle?
- So, what exactly was Sophia's motive near the end? Why was she so upset with her dad for talking about getting the Apple of Eden if that's what they were all going for anyways? Why didn't she stop Callum once he showed up since she is still part templar despite being a scientist first? It just seems a bit confusing.
- Sophia's motive had always been about "curing aggression" instead of Templar ideals of control. She wanted to use the Apple of Eden to remove aggression from the human mindset; not make all humans blindly loyal to the Templar leadership. Her father says as much in that scene. She was upset with her dad for several reasons: 1.) he was stealing credit for her life's work, 2.) he was twisting the end result of said life's work into the opposite of what she wanted (i.e. oppression and Assassin killing) and 3.) the manner in which he did both of the above was remarkably callous. This made her hesitant and confused when Callum showed up; a Heroic BSoD if you will. When Callum assassinates her father in addition to stealing the apple, the shock of it brings her back to her senses. Thus, her My God, What Have I Done? expression. She regrets not raising the alarm when she had the chance. It's pretty clear if you pay attention.
- Is there any use to the Apple besides what the Templars want it for? If not, then the smartest thing to do with a MacGuffin that your enemy needs but you do not is to destroy it the instant you get your hands on it. Aguilar should have told Columbus to drop it over the side somewhere over the Atlantic.
- Considering that this movie shares continuity with the games, then the answer is provided in Assassin's Creed, if not present in the movie itself. Altaïr claims that he will destroy that Apple immediately after wresting it from the Big Bad but finds himself unable to do so because of its mental influence. In the words of the Big Bad, "you can, but you won't." Presumably the same holds true for Aguilar and will prove true for Callum. As for "other uses", Altaïr used his Apple to design some of the gear that Ezio would eventually use, such as the Armor of Altaïr.
- The ending of the film has one gaping plot hole; this is the biggest gathering of the Templars in the world, with their Council of Elders and just about anyone who's anyone in the cult. Then the Assassins kill one guy and steal back the Apple of Eden? Not that this wasn't an important goal itself, but, seriously, you'd think that the Assassins would be interested in causing as much carnage as they can in the process. This was a golden opportunity to deliver a savage blow to the Templars, perhaps even partially decapitating the entire degenerate order. But then, as this is supposed to tie into the core gameline, that would probably make it too hard for Ubisoft to continue franchising the game...
- That is a good point. Killing a whole bunch of big wig Templars at once would be a major victory. I would argue that we don't know what the other Assassins were doing or who they possibly killed because the focus is on Cal and the Apple. Maybe the other Templars were ambushed off-screen as they fled or they were busy with security guards and only Cal could get close enough. Possibly they were instead tailed back to their safe houses to prevent the Hydra Problem. We don't know. The only thing we know for sure is that Ubisoft wants to continue making money with this franchise for as long as they can.
- The novelization states that Alan Rikkin and the Apple were Callum's only intended targets. He used the following panic and confusion to escape in stealth. Also, it says that the only other Assassins available to help him are Moussa and Lin because the other subjects in the Madrid Facility either A.) did not connect enough to their ancestor to pick up sufficient skill to do field work, B.) are mental vegetables from their time in the Animus, or C.) died in the prison riot such as Nathan and Emir. They don't know the location or contact information of other Assassins so only the three of them can go on this mission. They likely discussed the possibility of killing all of them and eventually decided that if they can kill the Templar grand master, retrieve the Apple, and not get killed by the small army of security guards, then it will a good day.
- The plot with Callum's lineage — specifically, the death of his mother and his hatred of his father in the opening — makes absolutely no sense. What was the reasoning behind killing Callum and his mother but leaving his dad alive? It would have made so much more sense for Callum to be descended from Aguilar through his dad, who committed suicide rather than be captured, and Callum's mom to be killed because she was a Templar spy who sold out her husband and son after learning who they really were.
- His dad was not a descendant of Aguilar and so his genetic memory could not be used by the Templars to find that particular Apple of Eden. They are pretty clear about how all the bloodlines linking back to Aguilar's cell are extinct and that Aguilar himself does not have any other known descendants. Thus, Cal is their only chance. Whether or not this makes more sense than your own proposed plotline is your own opinion. I find it to make perfect sense and that is my opinion.
- Why does Abstergo use the real Assassin Gauntlets for the Animus? Second, why only the gauntlets and not the whole outfit if its a sync thing? Wouldn't it be logical to include more elements if they help sync at all? Third, the introduction to the Past Plot shows that Assassins still needed to have their ring finger removed, so presumably the gauntlet works like Altair's did. If that's true, how is Cal able to operate the gauntlets later despite still having his ring finger?
- In order. 1.) Real ones are real; fake ones wouldn't help synchronization because they are not the ones used by the ancestor. 2.) Perhaps they only had the gauntlets and not the rest of the outfit. Going off of #1, the robes might have been discarded or destroyed during Aguilar's life time or decayed after his death. Being buried with one's weapon is more a thing, historically speaking, than one's work clothes. It could also be a practical thing; they don't want the clothes getting caught the crane. Cal goes in shirtless in one scene so they must not care about clothes. 3.) Maybe the finger removal had become entirely ritual and symbol by Aguilar's time and was not entirely necessary anymore.
Headscratchers / Assassin's Creed (2016)