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DVD review: I, Frankenstein:One of fictions' greatest characters gets a facelift

I, Frankenstein


I, Frankenstein is a fresh, action packed happenstance that implements a creative usage of one of the classic characters of fiction. This is a creative merger of fantasy and sci-fi that implements the use of multiple creature of fantasy. Demons, gargoyles, and of course, Frankenstein are all thrown into this smelting pot of fantasy. The film debuted in January 2014. The movie stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen), Bill Nighy (Total Recall 2012), Yvonne Strahovski (Killer Elite), Miranda Otto (The Turning), Socratis Otto (Gone), Jai Courtney (Divergent), and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).

I, Frankenstein is the new modern, alternative perspective on the classic character who first appeared in the book written by Mary Shelly in 1818. The movie is directly based on the Dark Storms graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (also appears in film). The events of the film pick up at the end of the classic story. It’s one of the latest films to give a new perspective on the never ending battle between good and evil. It puts a good creative spin on the origin that really makes this story more entertaining. In this tale, after the death of his creator, Frankenstein (named Adam in this version) is caught in the middle of an ageless war between gargoyles and demons. This version is more superficial than many of the other big screen films that have made the character the central focus. In spite of that, it’s still has enough to keep your interest.
The story has an attention grabbing nature that is packed with action. The special effects and action sequences are very good. Much of the cinematography has that dark look that really accentuates the story. The action sequences are good but have a video game like resemblance. In spite of that, the actual confrontations are still very enjoyable.
The acting is decent but not outstanding. The story focuses more on being an action story as opposed to having any true depth to this version of the Frankenstein story. Aaron Eckhart does a decent job. He looks believable in the action sequences despite not being known for action films. Bill Nighy makes a decent antagonist to Eckhart’s Adam.
I, Frankenstein was a nice surprise. I didn’t have high expectations for the film. In fact, I assumed that I wouldn’t like it. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the film actually was. It's a hip, fresh modernization that extends the tale that was first told in Mary Shelly’s version. You can tell that it was made by the people behind the original Underworld as it has the look of that film as well as two former people who appeared in it (Nighy and Stravonski). It isn’t the best version of the classic story but it’s clearly not the worse. It’s not on the level of the best version of the movie in my opinion, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but it’s very entertaining in its own way. It lacks the depth that a lot of the reincarnations of this story has had but this is a lot more fun than many of them. It’s not one of those “must see” films but it’s a “should see.” It will make for a good addition to your collection and it’s more than entertaining enough to offset a boring night at home.