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Frankenstein (2004)

Two hundred years after Mary Shelley's novel the brilliant but mad Doctor has sustained his creature and himself over two centuries through genetic experimentation. In present-day America ... See full summary »

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Marcus Nispel

Writers:

Dean R. Koontz (concept), John Shiban
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Detective Carson O'Conner
Vincent Perez ... Deucalion
Thomas Kretschmann ... Victor Helios
Adam Goldberg ... Detective Michael Sloane
Ivana Milicevic ... Erika Helios
Michael Madsen ... Detective Harker
Deborah Duke Deborah Duke ... Angelique
Ann Mahoney ... Jenna (as Ann Mahoney Kadar)
Deneen Tyler ... Kathleen Burke
Brett Rice ... Detective Frye
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... Patrick
Maureen Brennan ... Vickey
Billy Louviere Billy Louviere ... Jack Rogers
Will Schierhorn Will Schierhorn ... Anthony O'Connor
Tom Nowicki ... Watkins
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Two hundred years after Mary Shelley's novel the brilliant but mad Doctor has sustained his creature and himself over two centuries through genetic experimentation. In present-day America Detective O'Connor is investigating a series of horrific murders which leads her to the doctor and his creature. What she uncovers reveals the strange evolution the doctor and his creation undergo over the course of two centuries and the divergent paths creator and monster take in pursuing good or evil. Written by dumpster_cakes

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein - Auf der Jagd nach seinem Schöpfer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The concept for this telefilm was originally developed by Dean R. Koontz and collaborator Kevin Anderson, and intended as a television series. When USA Networks joined the project as production company and distributor, Koontz signed on as screenwriter and executive producer. Martin Scorsese also signed on as executive producer, and a cast (most of whom were in the final product) was assembled. Following creative disputes between USA and Koontz, both Koontz and Scorsese left the project (Scorsese was later convinced to return). Koontz and Anderson later developed the concept into a series of novels (as "Dean Koontz' Frankenstein"), but Koontz allowed USA to use the names of his characters as long as they altered the plot and removed his name from all consideration. See more »

Quotes

Deucalion: I'm not the monster anymore. I'm your best hope.
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Version of Frankenstein (1984) See more »

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What I'm About
Written by Spencer Proffer and Steve Plunkett
Performed by Trust Company (as The Trust Company)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Lamentable update of the classic story
10 March 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Let me get this straight to begin with: FRANKENSTEIN is a horrible reinterpretation of the classic Mary Shelley novel, which attempts to modernise the story in a pre-flooding New Orleans. Everything about this production screams cliché: there's a murky, depressing visual style that constantly uses David Fincher's SE7EN as its source material (isn't that so late '90s?) and a storyline that ends up going absolutely nowhere. The reason? This was the ill-conceived pilot of a television series that was never made, so don't go in expecting any kind of plot resolution or tying up of loose ends.

The tired story sees a couple of lame detectives (Parker Posey and Adam Goldberg, possibly the most uninteresting cops I've seen in any movie) going after a killer leaving a string of bizarre deaths in his wake. Along the way, they come across Vincent Perez as a strangely scarred and hooded figure, and there are no prizes for guessing who he's supposed to be. There's also some pointless stuff involving ruthless scientist Victor Helios, played by Thomas Kretschmann. He's Frankenstein, but despite taking up a great deal of screen time he never actually gets involved in the main storyline.

Yeah, the film really is that muddled and disjointed: the detectives never catch up with Frankenstein, and we never even learn how he's still alive in the modern day. Talk about a con. Instead, the thrust of the plot eventually turns out to involve Michael Madsen, playing a fellow detective with a few secrets of his own. But there's really nothing to keep you watching: no interesting set-pieces, no special effects to speak of, no drama, no tension, not one bit of suspense. Director Marcus Nispel's work feels adrift and aimless outside of his preferred genre (remakes), and Dean Koontz wisely took his name off the thing. You can hardly blame him.


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