I, Frankenstein (2014)
Critic Consensus: Loud, incoherent, and dramatically listless, I, Frankenstein is a remarkably dull fantasy adventure that fails to generate much excitement or interest in its characters.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout)|
|Genre:||Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Stuart Beattie|
|Written By:||Stuart Beattie, Kevin Grevioux|
|In Theaters:||Jan 24, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 13, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for I, Frankenstein
Writer-director Stuart Beattie and his cast and crew tear into their bad idea with vigor.
The effects are poor, the dialogue is laughable, and despite Aaron Eckhart's valiant efforts, the whole thing feels like a cheesy TV movie.
Here's hoping there's no follow-up to the amazingly dull adventures of Frankenstein's Monster.
It takes less than four minutes to realise that this Underworld-style, graphic novel adaptation won't keep anyone in the audience sitting bolt upright for long.
Humanity's fate hangs in the balance, but it's hard to work up much excitement for the routine CGI-boosted battles between good and evil forces, or for the less than sparky rapport between Eckhart's Monster and Strahovski's lissome blonde scientist.
Audience Reviews for I, Frankenstein
Why wouldn't Frankenstein's monster (henceforth referred to as Adam) be the focal point in a war between heaven and hell? And why wouldn't the angels really be gargoyles and live in cathedrals? And why wouldn't the demons be trying to get their demony hands on Dr. F's book on reviving the dead? And why wouldn't we jump ahead 200 years to modern-day, where "Adam" should be a rotted corpse? Transparently an attempt to replicate the surprisingly enduring Underworld franchise, this secret supernatural war is a lame monster movie disguised as a lamer superhero film. It's also absurdly idiotic in just about every capacity, as if no department had any communication with one another. Aaron Eckhart grumbles and trudges his way through this awful mess but you can feel his disdain for the entire enterprise. It's not even deliciously campy, choosing to try and re-envision the classic monster in a modern and realistic setting. The action sequences are mundane when they're not incoherent. I, Frankenstein feels like a movie version based upon the video game of some other source material. It's loud and inept and campy but mostly outrageously dumb. I can't wait to watch someone else in Hollywood recycle this cheap plot setup for a desperate supernatural franchise ("Okay, the Creature from the Black Lagoon finds itself in the center of a war between centaurs and..."). When people talk about the dregs of Hollywood, and the echo chamber of stripping away creativity, let I, Frankenstein be a prime example of the worst of us.
Nate's Grade: D
Stuart Beattie creates a monster of a film, based off of a monster.
I, Frankenstein leaves nothing on the table, but the problem is that it doesn't put anything on it beforehand. The story is just over 80 minutes, which is a good thing because plot details are light and simple, yet enough to get the film from opening to closing credits.
Loaded with CG, the battles between gargoyles and demons are tolerable, thanks to a great concept of descending and ascending deaths. The choreography for some brief one on one duels also has potential.
Showcasing a noticeable cast, there are no standout performances to report. Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, and Miranda Otto perform as expected. In other words, they keep the film from falling to the floor.
I, Frankenstein takes itself too seriously and is too soft for its own good. A more mature rating and some dark humor is needed to make this a recommendation.
This movie is downright horrible. I love, LOVE all the original Universal monster movies. Dracula, Mummy, Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and especially Frankenstein. I'm always a big Aaron Eckhart fan("Thank You for, Smoking" is amazing!"), so this was a can't miss, right? Well it misses on everything. It looks cheesy and cheap as hell. Eckhart is very miscast. There is zero humor here, which if they would have added some light touches it could have made all the difference. Instead Eckhart plays Frankenstein's monster as a brooding model with no personality. I watched it on 3D blu ray and the 3D didn't make a lick of difference. This movie is just horrible. It's a notch about a Saturday night movie on SyFy channel, but not nearly as entertaining.
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