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I, FRANKENSTEIN

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

92 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: Lionsgate/ Lakeshore Entertainment/ Hopscotch Features

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 1-24-2013

I, FRANKENSTEIN is a new twist on the classic tale of Frankenstein as it briefly touches on the original source material throughout the film while spinning in new directions.  The film begins with Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) carrying the body of Victor Frankenstein to be buried at the family cemetery (Frankenstein froze to death in his pursuit of his monster).  Demons attack and want to capture the monster at the cemetery due to the fact that he represents the opportunity to animate dead bodies to be possessed by the souls of descended demons.  The monster is rescued by the Gargoyle Order and their spiritual leader Leonore (Miranda Otto) gives the monster a name of Adam.  Adam decides not to work with the Gargoyles and sets out to remote corners to evade the demons.  He kills the demons for the next 200 years before he decides to bring the fight to the demons.   The leader of the demons, Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy), wants Adam brought to him, but the demons manage to get hold of the next best thing- the journal of Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

 

I, FRANKENSTEIN is the same type of movie for the same fans who like the UNDERWORLD films, but the characters are less developed and the most interesting characters beings played by Aaron Eckhart, Billy Nighy, and Kevin Grevioux (who wrote the graphic novel the movie is based on and co-wrote the screenplay) while the most two likeable Gargoyles get killed off and Miranda Otto sleepwalking through her performance.  The action is great, but I wish you actually cared for the characters with an anti-hero in search of a soul not as great as other anti-heroes like Riddick or Selene.  I think the movie should have been longer if it meant inserting some much-needed character development.  In the end, I, FRANKENSTEIN ends up being a movie you rent or watch on cable TV and forget afterwards.  It is not even close to the greatness of the first two UNDERWORLD films (maybe the fault lands at the feet of director Stuart Beattie who writes unremarkable scripts which end up being popcorn entertainment you can forget afterwards or complain about how much better it could have been).

 

This review is 1-28-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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