I, FRANKENSTEIN is a new twist on the classic
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
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).
The Blu-ray has the film available to view in
2D or 3D (on
3D compatible players and TVs).
Audio commentary with co-writer/ director Stuart
Audio commentary with Producers Gary Lucchesi,
Wright, James McQuade, and Kevin Grevioux
CREATING A MONSTER- a look at the prosthetic
makeup. Visual effects,
wardrobe, and production design of the movie
FRANKENSTEIN’S CREATURES- interviews with
cast and crew
about the characters and the story
Also in this combo pack is the film in standard
on DVD and a code for a Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy of I, FRANKENSTEIN for
streaming and downloading for TV, smart phones, tablets, and computers/
FINAL ANALYSIS: I,
FRANKENSTEIN is entertaining and yet so forgettable due to lack of character development
and a story that could have been fleshed out more.
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