Sunday, May 25, 2014

Now at Netflix: I, Frankenstein (2014)

I, Frankenstein (2014) - Directed by Stuart Beattie; Written by Beattie, Kevin Grievoux; Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto.

By Kenny Howell

So, apparently the Frankenstein monster is still around living in a European city that resembles Paris, and fighting gargoyles and demons...or something.

I don't know a thing about the graphic novel that this film is based on, but I know the idea is kinda dumb. The story is inspired by the original Frankenstein, obviously, since it takes the characters. But the original novel didn't really have this crazy supernatural story line to it. So it's weird to take a character like that and plop them down in a totally different genre. I mean, I guess it could work, and I'm sure there are examples, but it definitely doesn't here.

Frankenstein, who refers to himself as Adam, has been around for 200 years. He is attacked by demons, and saved by the gargoyles, because the gargoyles apparently have been in battle with the demons. Adam wants stay out of it, but he is dragged into it when a group of scientists try to track him down because they want to try to recreate Dr. Frankenstein's experiment. And them gargoyles and demons are involved somehow, of course.

This battle between the gargoyles and demons takes place in the real world, except for the fact that there is pretty much no real world around. Aside from the scientists, we really only see buildings with a few lights on inside. There are epic battles that demolish buildings, but yet, no one ever seems to be on the roads. It's like a world of agoraphobics. Which may be a possibility since there are gargoyles and demons battling all the time outside. But the main scientist, Terra (Strahovski), says there is no such thing as gargoyles before one reveals itself. What do the people think happens to all those buildings that are destroyed outside?

That is really kind of the tip of the iceberg with this one, as nothing really interesting happens. The CGI is very heavy, and the battles aren't all that impressive or fun. Eckhart strains his voice with his rough superhero gravelly delivery that sounds silly at times, and no one else in the cast is given much to work with.

I, Frankenstein is also available at Redbox, iTunes and Amazon.

Rating: 1/2 a star

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