Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I, Frankenstein Review

I, Frankenstein Review
I knew very little going into "I, Frankenstein." I knew it was based off a unpublished comic book, I knew Aaron Eckhart was to play the Frankenstein Monster. Other than that, I didn't know where this story would take me, and I was curious than anything else. I am not sure what this cast and crew saw in the unpublished work that inspired them to make a movie about it, but my mind was open and I was ready for anything tonight.

I guess this movie goes to show that some ideas are do not get published for a reason. "I, Frankenstein" was not a movie that I expected to blow my mind, or get Oscar nominations next year, but I was hoping for a fun time. There is a little fun in it, and Aaron Eckhart at least tries to get this film's pulse going, but there isn't much there. "I, Frankenstein" is not very exciting, it does not feature a whole bunch of character development, and it ridden with cliche.

I don't know how well this script followed the original work, but based on the film, "I, Frankenstein" adds up to nothing more than an "Underworld" knock-off with a male lead. We learn of a lonely drifter who gets caught in a centuries old war that carries into modern day. There the drifter joins one side in the fight against the other, where he kind of falls for a girl on the other side. He also learns of a conspiracy on the other side which could tip the war in their favor. Sound familiar yet? That drifter is the Frankenstein Creature (Eckhart), and sometime after he killed his creator, he almost got abducted by demons. The Creature is saved by Gargoyles, whom we learn were created by the Archangels to rid the world of demons. Not right away, but eventually The Creature will join the Gargoyles in the fight against the demons. The Creature eventually meets Terra (Yvonne Strahovski) who works for a corporation run by the demon prince, though she doesn't know that.

Through Terra's help, The Creature must stop the demons plot to create an army of reanimated corpses for their demon buddies in Hell to possess, therefor creating an army that cannot be destroyed. So yes, the whole time I was thinking "Underworld." Though the "Underworld" films worked for me because there was always a sense of excitement in those films, there isn't much excitement whatsoever in "I, Frankenstein." There are couple of moments where the battle scenes are kind of cool. But they loose that coolness quick time and time again. Plus, the demons and gargoyles look so similar that I could barely tell who was on whose side. When I can't tell who I am supposed to be rooting for, an action piece looses me and that happened several times in this movie.

"I, Frankenstein" also happens to feature two "Underworld" alum's, thus reinforcing my point above. Bill Nighy plays Charles Wessex, the billionaire-secret-demon and main villain of the film. I love Nighy, but he's completely wasted in a film with such a weak script. Kevin Grevioux, who plays a right-hand man to werewovles in "Underworld" plays a right-hand man to the demons in "I, Frankenstein" and its basically an extension of the role he played in the latter. Liked him in "Underworld?" Well, this is essentially the same character, just with different abilities. I loved that Jai Courtney, popular for playing Varo in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" makes an appearance in this film, and he does what he can to make this all matter. The script lets him down though, and that's a shame. The cast is truly decent, perfect for a movie like this, why did they sign on to bring such an undercooked story to life.

If you are at all thinking of seeing this, I'd say skip it. Its not worth your entertainment budget.

FINAL GRADE: D+

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