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A gripping re-telling of Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece. Set a few years into the future, Dr Victoria Frankenstein works on an advanced stem cell research project.

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Jed Mercurio

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Jed Mercurio
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen McCrory ... Dr. Victoria Frankenstein
James Purefoy ... Dr. Henry Clerval
Neil Pearson ... Professor Waldman
Benedict Wong ... Dr. Ed Gore
Matthew Rault-Smith Matthew Rault-Smith ... William Clerval
Fraser James ... Joe
Lindsay Duncan ... Professor Jane Pretorius
Ace Bhatti ... Dr. Dhillon
Julian Bleach ... The Monster
Cally Hamilton ... Little Girl
Michael Wildman ... DCI Connolly
Peter Wight ... DCS Goode
Bruce Johnson Bruce Johnson ... Intelligence agent
Anna Torv ... ITU Nurse
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A gripping re-telling of Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece. Set a few years into the future, Dr Victoria Frankenstein works on an advanced stem cell research project.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 October 2007 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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Impossible Pictures See more »
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Dr. Victoria Frankenstein: It's alive.
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Version of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) See more »

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Almost good
17 January 2018 | by SnootzSee all my reviews

This movie presents an interesting twist on the old story... but without the genius of Shelly's tale. It simply presents the original question: are there areas in which science should not venture? However it fails to answer that question, or even present it in a viable format. The name Frankenstein doesn't even apply here. Rather than a creation of intent this is an incident of accident. Lacking someone to blame then, the viewer is left with the question of what point the film maker is trying to make, besides the obvious. The answer at the end of the film is: none.

I do believe it's rather well-done as it stands on its own. The story is somewhat riveting once it gets started. There are some areas near the beginning of excessive slowness (how many scenes do we need of someone walking slowly toward an oddly unlocked-door?), but once they get past that stage it keeps the viewer wondering what is going to happen next.

What happens next though is that the story goes nowhere. Without spoiling the film, it comes down to the end with just a great big question mark... but no reason to ask the question. In the book there was no doubt: the doctor was the real monster (after all, Frankenstein is the name of the doctor, not the creature). In this presentation there is no monster to speak of. The doctor had no intent of creation, the creature has the mentality of a cornered wild animal, and the government (normally the real monster in such films) is put in a situation that it can only deal with things one way, and it does the best it can under that situation (in typically slimy covert government manner, of course).

In short while the film is interesting it doesn't come close to having any real impact, nor does it really make a point. As such it falls into the realm of "mediocre" in all areas of production and barely eeks out a 5 from me. The current average rating is even lower than that, which tells me I'm being somewhat generous in giving it 5 stars. The writers and director tried to make a point, but missed the mark and barely skates by on the name of the film... which has nothing to do with the plot or characters. They could have named this "Monster Among Us" and probably done as well... without raising expectations and lowering potential ratings.


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