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I, Frankenstein (2014)

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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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Stuart Beattie

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Stuart Beattie (screenplay), Kevin Grevioux (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Adam
Yvonne Strahovski ... Terra
Miranda Otto ... Leonore
Bill Nighy ... Naberius
Jai Courtney ... Gideon
Socratis Otto ... Zuriel
Aden Young ... Victor Frankenstein
Caitlin Stasey ... Keziah
Mahesh Jadu ... Ophir
Steve Mouzakis ... Helek
Nicholas Bell ... Carl Avery
Deniz Akdeniz ... Barachel
Chris Pang ... Levi (as Christopher Pang)
Kevin Grevioux ... Dekar
Bruce Spence ... Molokai
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,610,441, 26 January 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,075,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,575,290
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Trivia

This film acknowledges Frankenstein's Monster as "Adam" making it one of the very few screen adaptations to call him this name. 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 »

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[first lines]
Adam: I was cast into being in winter of 1795, a living corpse without a soul, stitched, jolted, bludgeoned back to life by a madman. Horrified by his creation, he tried to destroy me, but I survived.
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Version of Victor Frankenstein (2015) See more »

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Written and Performed by Geno Lenardo & Daniel A. Davies (as Daniel Davies)
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Treads Very Familiar Ground
23 January 2014 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

"I, Frankenstein" is set in 1793, after Victor Frankenstein dies while going after the very monster of his creation who killed Mrs. Frankenstein in a fit of passionate rage.

The Frankenstein monster's (Adam Eckhart) unique state of being an invincible being without a soul makes him target for the Demons and their leader Naberius, who plans to conquer the world with more reanimated demonic humans.

On the other hand, the demons' nemeses, the Gargoyles, under their Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto), aim to foil this diabolical plan of world domination by protecting Frankenstein's monster, whom she has baptized with the name Adam, and Frankenstein's journal where he wrote the reanimation process in great detail.

200 years later, in the present time, Naberius, in his human form Charles Wessex (Bill Nighy), employs renowned human electro-physiologist Dr. Terra Ward (Yvonne Strahovski), to assist him in carrying out his nefarious scheme.

So this graphic novel turned film is another one of those fantasies where good creatures battle with evil creatures who are out to control the world. This novel's author Kevin Grevioux also writes the script of this one. You can expect similarities with "Underworld" which was also by Grevioux. Grevioux himself appears as the burly head of security in the film.

The Demons are obviously evil the way they looked. The Gargoyles may look good in their usual form, but when they are in their winged form, they turn into stone-faced flying, well, gargoyles. It is just strange and atypical that supposedly good beings will take on an ugly look.

Aaron Eckhart and his characteristic strong cleft chin makes a good stoic Adam. He did not have to express a whole lot of emotion except angst and rage. He does not really look like the grotesque monster as how Robert de Niro was made up to look in Kenneth Branagh's "Frankenstein" film based on Mary Shelley's book. Eckhart's "monster" is just a very buff guy with long scars over his face and body.

Bill Nighy does not do anything spectacular as Wessex, just the typical British bad guy. His Demon form is not really as grandly demonic as you would expect. His minions had stronger demon forms than him.

Miranda Otto plays the regal Leonore as well as she could, though her role does not really demand too much of her. The young, beautiful and svelte Yvonne Strahovski would not really be the way you'd imagine "an eminent electro-physiologist" to look like. But hey, this is a graphic novel, so fan boys need a pretty face to make them happy.

Overall, this is just one shallow, popcorn flick. It may be entertaining for those who do not expect too much. I did enjoy the "arnis"-inspired fight between Adam and a demon. That was the best fight sequence in the whole film.

Its messages of sacred duty, higher purpose and good vs. evil, with common-looking CGI effects, may have already been seen too many times in various dark fantasy films in recent years. The way they ended this film, it seems to be hoping for a sequel. I am not sure it will get one.


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