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"I, FRANKENSTEIN" in 3D from Lionsgate opens Fri., Jan. 24, 2014.

STARRING: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu and Aden Young.

DIRECTOR: Stuart Beattie (writer of "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra").

SYNOPSIS: Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation, Adam (Eckhart), finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. Based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grievous.

This is just barely holding onto the briefest glimmer of Mary Shelley's original man-made monster story. Yet, one is reluctant to idly dismiss this CGA-laden sci-fi/action film because one really likes that kind of film. There are monsters, explosions, beautiful girls, well-choreographed fights, dramatic encounters and other factors which make this the perfect popcorn movie. It probably won't win many (any) awards and it's really early in the year so it will be forgotten quickly but it does look interesting.

Aaron Eckhart has done good work in other forgettable films, not the least of which is last year's "Olympus Has Fallen". His last really compelling role was as Two-Face in "The Dark Knight" (2008). It wasn't nearly as over-the-top as Tommy Lee Jones in "Batman Forever" but how could it have been? Still, Eckhart stands out in the sense that there are many actors in the world and he is one of them.

On the other hand, any lover of blonds will recognize Yvonne Strahovski from seasons 7-8 of "Dexter". This Australian fox is building a reputation as a fine action-actress and she will star in the upcoming FOX network drama series "24: Live Another Day". That will be worth waiting for and this film will not hurt her in the least.

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