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'I, Frankenstein' now playing in theaters everywhere

'I, Frankenstein' (2014) movie poster
Lionsgate Films (IMDB.com)

I, Frankenstein hits theaters this weekend. Rebooting the classic horror franchise as a fantasy adventure film, I, Frankenstein aims to attract wide audiences with its 3D format and PG-13 rating. Directed by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean) and starring Aaron Eckhart, I, Frankenstein will likely appeal to the least demanding of horror fans.

Based on the graphic novel "I, Frankenstein" by Kevin Grevioux, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Eckhart) is pitted against demons and gargoyles as he races to discover the secret to his own immortality. As two rival clans battle in a dystopic world, we're expected to cheer on Frankenstein's monster through the chaos. What we have is a cheesy adventure film filled with mythical beasts, but little room for wit, surprises, or scares.

The movie also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein. While I, Frankenstein will inevitably fall short of the original Mary Shelly novel and classic Universal Monsters which followed, I, Frankenstein is nevertheless a hokey escape for those who need a break from the more sophisticated Oscar fare. However, it appears that buddy cop movie Ride Along is pulling ahead in box office sales.