Story: This is a film adaptation of the graphic novel I, Frankenstein by Kevin Grevioux and works as a sequel to Mary Shelley’s classic tale of tragedy and horror.
Review: After almost 200 years of his existence and abandonment, Adam – Victor Frankenstein’s creature (Aaron Eckhart, effective but monotonous) decides to hunt the very demons who are looking for him. Demon Prince Naberious (Bill Nighy) wants to get hold of Frankenstein’s journal and his monster, to study resurrection so that he can reanimate an army of the undead.
But Leonore (Miranda Otto), Queen of the sacred Gargoyle order, won’t let it happen. She takes Frankenstein’s monster under her custody. Amidst the demons vs. gargoyles war, the creature must find the purpose of his existence…
If you’re a fan of the Kate Beckinsale-starrer Underworld series, Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein is bound to entertain you. While Underworld was about vampires and werewolves, this one’s about demons and gargoyles, more than the legend of Frankenstein.
The graphics, action sequences and CGI are amazing. The Gothic theme and 3D add to the mystery and horror of the dystopic setting. Also, the filmmaker manages to get you engulfed by fear and darkness.
However, the film is more of a generic action-fantasy based on a graphic novel, rather than the book by Mary Shelley, so don’t expect it to be emotionally moving. Here, the character buildup takes a backseat and style supersedes substance.
As far as performances are concerned, Bill Nighy pretty much acts the way he does in the Underworld series. Aaron Eckhart is effective, but way too stoic.
Overall, if you want to eat that popcorn and enjoy a horror fantasy, go for it. But if you want to revisit the legend of Frankenstein, watch the 1931 classic again.
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