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Theatrical Review: 'I, Frankenstein' IMAX Experience

'I, Frankenstein'
'I, Frankenstein'Courtesy of Lionsgate

The classic tale of Victor Frankenstein's search for a cure for death has been told and retold on the big screen and the small screen for years. From comedies to horror movies to moving retellings starring big name stars, these versions have been both good and bad, but each had their own good and bad points. This weekend marks the release of "I, Frankenstein" from Lionsgate and starring Aaron Eckhart. This movie is set as a continuation of the classic tale of Frankenstein's creature with a twist.

In "I, Frankenstein", the creature retells the tale of life so far, how he was created by Victor Frankenstein, how he killed Victor's new bride, and how he was hunted in the Arctic and Victor succumbed to the elements in the end. The creature carried Victor's body across the world to bury it at his home. Once there, things got a little strange. Humans, at least they looked like humans, showed up to capture the creature and they turned out to be some sort of monsters, later revealed to be demons. After a fight, where Frankenstein's creature destroys one of the demons, two gargoyles swoop in and deal with the rest of the demons. They carry the creature off.

After waking up in a tower of a beautiful cathedral, the creature finds himself surrounded by a group of people that identify themselves as the gargoyle order that has been charged with fighting the demons that fell with Lucifer and have been trying to take over the earth. At this time, he is also given the name Adam by the gargoyle queen. Adam is asked to join the war and help defeat the powers of darkness, but he chooses to take weapons and leave, wanting to be left alone.

Jump forward 200 years to present day and the story continues, but this time with the demons trying to duplicate the work of Victor Frankenstein using modern science. They are close, but the human scientists they are using are still far from human trials. This is why the demons want Adam. The film deals with a lot of the issues that were presented in the original story, those of Adam wanting to understand where he came from and what he is. Does the creature have a soul or is he capable of earning one by his deeds? Will he side with the forces of good to save humanity or will he serve only himself and damn mankind?

This film was an amazing action movie with a horror undertone that made it very fun to watch. The action scenes were spectacular and the story was enough to hold everything together. Usually, 93 minutes is not enough to develop a deep story, but this film was helped by the fact that it was building on the history of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein". Scenes of demons being destroyed, or descended as the term is used in the film, have some awesome fire effects that, along with the use of slow motion shots make this a powerful movie.

Along with the regular and 3D version of the film, many theaters also have the 3D IMAX Experience. This is shown on a much larger screen. The crystal clear 3D effects and full surround sound are definite pluses when seeing this film. The 3D effects are well done and add to the already spectacular action scenes. Although a little more expensive, this was an amazing way to see this film. While not a very scary movie, "I, Frankenstein" offered the horror film background with a solid story and great action scenes that should place this film on your list of must see movies this year.