I, Frankenstein – Australia/USA, 2013

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‘200 years later, he’s still alive’

I, Frankenstein is a 2013 Australian/American action horror film directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski.

The film was converted into 3D and the immersive IMAX® format post production and released on January 24, 2014. With an estimated budget of $65 million, it performed very poorly on its opening weekend, taking just $8,275,000. The movie’s worldwide box office takings came in at $71,154,592.

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200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war waged by demons and gargoyles over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind…

Reviews:

“For a quarter of its running time, the terrible dialogue – snarled by Eckhart or purred by Nighy – gets laughs but then monotony sets in. Eckhart’s undersized misunderstood monster is a gloomy hero, given less narrative weight than Frankenstein’s lost diary. The busy, repetitive, silly demon-vs-gargoyle 3D battles are likely to give you Frankeneyestrain.” Kim Newman, Empire

“Fortunately, that style delivers – meaning that anyone who has been entertained by similar offerings (especially the Underworld series) will find reason to enjoy in Beattie’s film. Visual effects look budgeted, especially the demonic makeup and CGI gargoyle close-ups, but the filmmakers manage to provide some genuinely cool sequences of Adam battling demons…” Ben Kendrick, Screen Rant

” …recycles tired riffs from Underworld and Van Helsing as the beast is torn between angels and demons – in rubbish 3D! Aaron Eckhart (channelling Christophe Lambert) is upstaged by a book, Bill Nighy laughs all the way to the bank, and Jai Courtney & Co wander around looking like extras from Assassin’s Creed – which has better graphics. And a better story.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian

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“It doesn’t come close to working, but it’s sweet that they tried. None of these four decent things about I, Frankenstein makes up for the movie’s noisy and repetitive dullness, its many confounding plot developments and character motivations, or its tossing out the philosophical complexity of Shelley’s novel in favor of Underworld–style good-versus-evil claptrap. It’s not good enough, but it is slightly better than it has to be.” Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

“Utterly witless, listless, sparkless and senseless, this supernatural actioner makes one long for the comparative sophistication of the conceptually identical “Underworld” franchise (with which it shares producers and a writer). It should struggle to show many signs of life at the box office.” Andrew Barker, Variety

” … writer-director Stuart Beattie’s approach is relentlessly predictable. However, there are little moments of unintended hilarity that peek above the ruts of the screenplay. My personal favorite moment is when Dr. Wade, who up to this point has had her hair pulled back in a tight, professional bun, leaves the Wessex laboratories and instantly unleashes her hair in an onslaught of tresses in what could be a quasi-erotic shampoo commercial.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

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“A bit more of this kind of humor offered through a comic-relief/sidekick who was struggling to believe everything going on around them could have been a much-needed stand-in for the audience. Without this warmth or human element, I, Frankenstein ultimately feels cold and joyless. All in all, if you’re looking for mindless action and spectacular battle scenes, you could do worse.” Kristy Puchko, Cinema Blend

Main cast:

Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy (Phantom of the Opera; Shaun of the Dead; Underworld), Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Steve Mouzakis, Aden Young, Deniz Akdeniz, Virginie Le Brune.

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