I, Frankenstein (3D)

Aaron Eckhart  in a scene from I, Frakenstein (Lakeshore Entertainment Group)
Aaron Eckhart in a scene from I, Frakenstein (Lakeshore Entertainment Group)
What it's about:

Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's, creation Adam, finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

What we thought:

The story of Frakenstein has been retold again and again, but this one has a bit of a twist. It is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux who is best known for his film Underworld. Set in a dystopic present with awesome fight scenes and special effects it makes for pleasurable 3D viewing.

The movie starts off in 1795 where we learn how Adam came to be and how he was rejected by his creator. The plot develops quite quickly, so much so,  that it actually felt rushed and while the story is intriguing, it only skims the surface.

Aaron Eckhart is Adam, Victor Frakenstein’s creation.  Let me just say that you will not see a hotter Frakenstein and there is nothing monsterish about him. His chiselled body is held together by scars that only add to his appeal and he has a six pack that can rival the likes of Ryan Gosling. Moving on...

Neither human, gargoyle or demon, Adam finds himself smack bang in the middle of an age old immortal battle. He turns out to be one of those reluctant heroes who is forced to pick  a side. He is lost and a loner and struggles to identify as anything. He is the first of his kind and he doesn’t fit in.  Eckhart does a good job in his portrayal. For someone who doesn’t have a soul Adam does experience a range of emotions and Eckhart makes one identify with the feeling  of not fitting in anywhere.

Bill Nighy plays the villain, the demon prince Naberius, disguised as a wealthy businessman Charles Wessex. Nighy carries himself with an air of royalty; he is glib and in control and chillingly evil. His performance is a pleasure to watch.

Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter) is Dr Terra Wade, a scientist employed by Charles Wessex and Miranda Otto is Lenore, queen of the gargoyles. In their supportive respective roles they are okay, with neither of them leave a lasting impression.

Watching mythical beings in a fight between good and evil is exhilarating and while the movie does keep your attention, it feels like something is missing. It could do with some story and character development. But nonetheless this is a movie that many will find somewhat enjoyable.

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