by Ricky Miller
"I, Frankenstein" is a supernatural fantasy-drama that chronicles the happenings of the monster (Aaron Eckhart of "Erin Brockovich" and "The Dark Knight") Dr. Frankenstein created close to 200 years ago. After being captured by some goblins, their leader, Leonara (Miranda Otto of "War of the Worlds" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), gives the monster the name of Adam.
It is faithful to Mary Shelley's 1818 book since it retains this aspect of that novel as well as some similar plot developments. The circumstances surrounding each of the characters play into their motivations and either their salvation or demise.
The "I, Frankenstein" plot is plain and simple: The bad guys want Dr. Frankenstein's old fomula for reanimation and raise some undead of their own. At the forefront is Bill Nighy's Nebarius, who wants to have his cake and eat it, too. If viewers notice, Nighy has been at this power-hungry thing before, having played the evil and malevolent Viktor in the various "Underworld" flicks.
Although not identical to the "Underworld" flicks, the plot simarities are very similar nonetheless. A class of creatures once thought to be fictional want to get rid of human beings altogether and make this planet their playground.
With "Underworld," it was the lycans (werewolfs) and the flying undead (vampires).
This movie comes courtesy of Stuart Beattie, who wrote the screenplays for the mediocre "G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra," the disappointing "Australia," as well as Gore Verbinski's fun "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl."
The lavish "I, Frankenstein" $65 million budget actually translated to the big screen well, especially when it comes down to the various battles between the gargoyles (the good guys) and the demons (antagonists) with whom they tussle.
Eckhart carries the movie well, despite the minimal amount of dialogue he utters throughout. The supporting cast, including Jai Courtney ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," "The Killer Elite") help carry the bulk of the action within.
Courtney' character Gideon has disdain for Adam because he does not fully trust him and his actions.
The pacing is quick and brisk throughout, never allowing for trite and unnecessary lines of dialogue to be expunged from the various characters.
Although it's not a great piece of profound entertainment, one can do a lot worse than endure the mild shenanigans of "I, Frankenstein."