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Victor Frankenstein (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 November 2015 (USA)
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Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.

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Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Igor
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lorelei
Bronson Webb ... Rafferty
James McAvoy ... Victor Frankenstein
Daniel Mays ... Barnaby
Spencer Wilding ... Nathaniel / Prometheus
Robin Pearce ... Baron Bomine
Andrew Scott ... Inspector Turpin
Callum Turner ... Alistair
Di Botcher ... Older Nun
Eve Ponsonby ... Orderly
Will Keen ... Surgeon
Louise Brealey ... Sexy Society Girl
Nicola Sloane ... Housekeeper
Freddie Fox ... Finnegan
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Storyline

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. Written by 20th Century Fox

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The legend is reborn. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Spencer Wilding is credited with playing two roles on Victor Frankenstein. The Eastern European strongman in the circus at the start of the film and as the monster Prometheus. See more »

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After being a hunchback all his life Igor would have needed months if not years of physiotherapy to be able to stand up straight and walk normally. In the film he manages it overnight. Then he dances up a storm later on - phenomenal. See more »

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[first lines]
Igor: You know this story. The crack if lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation. The world, of course, remembers the monster, not the man. But sometimes, when you look closely, there's more to a tale. Sometimes the monster is the man.
Igor: I've been with the circus for as long as I can remember. Circuses like to think of themselves as families. But, of course, each one has its clown.
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Les Patineurs Valse, Op. 183
Written by Emil Waldteufel (as Émile Waldteufel)
Arranged by Craig Armstrong
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Stitched together from archaic fable tricks, Viktor Frankenstein is an empty vessel at heart.
25 November 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Perhaps the Frankenstein name is indeed cursed, there hasn't been a great Frankenstein based movie in years, even decades. From last year's I, Frankenstein to Van Helsing who only has it as subplot, all have met mediocre fate. Now armed with robust acting power and visual that oozes Victorian era, also a bit or horror and action attached somewhere, another rendition shares the same exact fate; cinematic tediousness.

A slight modification to the narrative is made, just like Sherlock the movie is narrated from the sidekick's perspective, in this case Igor's (Daniel Radcliffe). Aside from that, there's barely anything new that hasn't been done in similar or better fashion. To its credit, it's not utterly terrible in term of presentation, in fact the visual is rather nice. It's quaintly dark and electric version of last decade metropolis, Tesla would approve.

James McAvoy as the titular Viktor really tries hard on establishing the character. Given the stale material, he still manages to squeeze some emotional scenes as well as a good chemistry with Radcliffe in a bromantic kind of way. Andrew Scott from Moriarty fame, now plays the role of Inspector Turpin. He's the polar opposite of Viktor, conservative yet equally clever and ambitious.

Unfortunately, the far too familiar plot fails to produce any thrill, the strong acting prowess ends up rehearsing the same routine of mad scientist's banter. There's screaming, philosophical argument, faux science and slight mental abuse by the two leads. It's a lot of noise of little dramatic effect. Not that the script is bad in any way, it has occasional witty lines although any hint of humor or charm is muffled by the overly melancholy tone.

At some points, the movie tries to dabble in horror, action and even romance subplot. The atmosphere is already primed for thriller, but the shocking abomination is ironically timid and unmemorable. Action consists of a few scenes of slow motions repetition. Despite the production offering distractions, the main story line is very straightforward and streamlined, and sadly also predictable.

For all the star and flair, though they might be mildly amusing, the end product is a medium so lacking of life.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Igor See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,469,341, 29 November 2015

Gross USA:

$5,775,076

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,227,298
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2.35 : 1
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