Review: I, FRANKENSTEIN (2014) | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Monday, 3 March 2014

Review: I, FRANKENSTEIN (2014)

Like the title character himself, I, FRANKENSTEIN is a soulless CGI-heavy snoozefest.

On paper, the concept of I, FRANKENSTEIN sounds like fun. Take Mary Shelley's most famous character, reworked the story that blends UNDERWORLD (replacing vampires vs. werewolves into demons vs. gargoyles) and VAL HELSING (placing the title character as the hero of the movie) and.... voila! Unfortunately, the final product that shown in the big screen is a huge disappointment.


Adam (Aaron Eckhart) was made in a lab and brought to life by a scientist named Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young) in 1795. After the death of Victor Frankenstein, he still survives and soon finds himself caught in the middle of a battle between demons and gargoyles. Apparently the prince of demons, Naberius (Bill Nighy) has an evil plan to reanimate all of his fallen demons so he can unleash them to eliminate the gargoyles once and for all. But in order for him to do so, he needs to possess the notebook of Victor Frankenstein, which contains a written formula that created Adam in the first place.

Some of the action scenes are fairly entertaining, while the special effects are adequate. Aaron Eckhart's square-jawed intensity and well-toned physique fits him well as a hardened action star, while Yvonne Strahovski is pleasing to the eyes as the electrophysiologist, Terra.
I almost fall asleep throughout the movie that I can't recall any memorable moment worth adding here.
Despite Eckhart's amazing physical presence, his acting is disappointingly wooden. Strahovski may look eye-catching but her character is sadly underwritten as well. The rest of the supporting actors, including Miranda Otto as the queen of the gargoyles Leonore and Bill Nighy as the prince of demons Naberius, are equally forgettable.

Stuart Beattie's direction is mediocre, while he and Kevin Grevioux fails to elevate the high-concept premise into a worthwhile screenplay (the movie is actually based on Grevioux's graphic novel). Problem is, the plot feels lifeless and especially redundant because the way it keeps going around the circle. It's like as if they don't have a clue how to expand the story more interesting and they rather stick the entire 93 minutes duration into one long-winded third act.

I, FRANKENSTEIN is one of the worst movies of the year. Nuff said.


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