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I, Frankenstein (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  24 January 2014 (USA)
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Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

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Dr Victor Frankenstein dies frozen to death and the creature buries him at the cemetery of his family. However he is attacked by demons but he kills one of them and Gargoyles save him and take him to a Cathedral where the Gargoyles Order gathers. The Queen of the Gargoyles Leonore keeps Dr. Frankenstein's journal together with the treasures of the Order and gives the name of Adam to the creature. Then she explains to Adam that there is an ancient war between the Gargoyles that are angels and demons under the command of the Prince Naberius. She also invites Adam to join the Gargoyles in the war against demons, but Adam prefers to isolate in a remote place. Two hundred years later, Adam returns and finds a modern society. Soon he learns that Naberius has the intention of creating an army of soulless corpses to be possessed by demons. The scientist Terra is researching a process to create life and Naberius is seeking Dr Frankenstein's journal to help Terra and raise his army. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the battle between good and evil, an immortal holds the key. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout | See all certifications »

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24 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Yo, Frankenstein  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,610,441 (USA) (24 January 2014)

Gross:

$19,059,018 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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The Gargoyle Queen, Leonore, notes that the Frankenstein's creation was never given a name (and implies that he never took a name for himself).

There are three instances of "Adam" in the novel, all by the creation, all in third-party reference: "Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel..." (Chapter 10) "Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence..." (Chapter 15) "I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator. But where was mine?" (Chapter 15)

There is an alleged quote by Mary Shelley that 'if the creature had a name, it would be Adam.' Not only is this not from the novel but from an interview, but a clear hypothetical - 'if... would...' - and acknowledgment by the author that the creation has no name.

According to some reports, there was a lost scene in the original Universal Pictures' Frankenstein (1931) movie referring to Boris Karloff's monster as Adam. In the follow up Bride of Frankenstein (1935) it was stated that the monster's name was Frankenstein, which became the rule for that series of films. See more »

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During the rat experiment, Terra demands the current increased to "200 Joules". However, current is measured in Amperes; a Joule is a unit of energy. See more »

Quotes

Adam: I'm a dozen different parts of eight different corpses. I'm a monster.
Terra: You're only a monster if you behave like one.
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References Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) See more »

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Possessions Mine
Written and Performed by Geno Lenardo & Daniel A. Davies (as By Maker)
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Not Worth A Rental
23 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

To say that "I, Frankentein" was a waste of time would be an understatement. Much like "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "I, Frankenstein tries to re-invent a classic tale for the action audience with little success. Though to be fair, "Witch Hunters" at least had some moments of memorable silliness and creative set pieces. "I, Frankenstein" has neither, nor does it present its audience with decent writing or memorable thrills.

The plot itself is a mangled-up mess and a failed attempt to re-invent Mary Shelly's classic character. In this film, Frankenstein's monster (played by the seemingly disinterested Aaron Eckhart) somehow gets involved in an ongoing battle with demons and gargoyles after the events of the classic story. Everything from his backstory to the motivations of the demons and gargoyles is told in rushed exposition and gives absolutely no time for the audience to care about any of the characters. It doesn't help that the editing and pacing is extremely choppy, often skipping hours and years into the future with no reasonable transition.

In the span of what feels like five minutes, the film tells Frankenstein's backstory, introduces the demons and gargoyles, explains their ongoing war, shows a training montage of Frankenstein learning to use the gargoyle's weapons, and suddenly cuts from the 18th century to present day. Nearly all of this is done in cheap narrated exposition and it kills the possibility of the audience getting attached to the characters.

Now, I'm sure many people can overlook a lackluster script if a movie has "good action." Unfortunately, this movie fails in this department too. All of the fight scenes are bland and dull with redundant, badly executed CGI. Perhaps the most frustrating example of this is that every time a demon is killed on screen, it turns into a swirling fireball. This effect looked cool for about a minute and it quickly got stale, especially when the demons are dying left and right and the effects start to look like they've been copied and pasted.

The PG-13 rating also takes away the possibility of even a little gore to entertain the horror buffs. This is especially a shame because there are some very sleek and polished weapon designs that look like they could have been used for some good ole hack-and-slash fun.

Little effort seems to have been put into this film, and even a big-time star like Aaron Eckhart can't elevate the material. Here he seems dazed and bored, almost as if this film was just a project to waste some time. In fact, none of the actors seem interested, and with the exception of maybe two awkward line readings, there is nothing to laugh at either.

Like many films released in January, "I, Frankenstein," comes across as filler and it is not even worth a view on Netflix streaming. Between the poor script, the dull characters and the bad effects, there is next to nothing here worth enjoying. After watching this, I actually appreciated "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" more; at least it had some effort put in it.


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