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Fantasy, Horror - Demons

I, Frankenstein (2014)

Duration1h 41m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain 12, 
Source of storyA very unlikely riff on the Frankenstein universe but apparently based on a Kevin Grevious graphic novel.
DirectorStuart Beattie
Writers/ScriptStuart Beattie, Kevin Grevioux Mary Shelley (characters)
StarringAaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy
RatingsIMDb: 5.1 by 78,640 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 5% by 105 reviewers..

Elevator Pitch: It is the present day, and the Frankenstein monster nameless lives because he can’t die. His creator is dead and buried but he survives off the grid, and at times fights against demons who intend to take over the world. He is captured by some “gargoyles” who are sometime winged humanoids sent by archangel Michael to fight the demons. Meanwhile Naberius a major demon in human form is trying to reanimate a legion of human bodies, which are to be inhabited by demons to achieve world domination. Hence he needs Frankenstein’s records and/or the monster, called Adam by some.

Content: No sex,, nudity or much else of interest. What there is  is a whole load of fight scenes as the gargoyles and Adam fight demons who also seem to be winged at times, but always when killed shoot about in a river of fire. Sometimes the gargoyles are killed which result in them ascending into the clouds in a silver beam.  In Naberius’s laboratory his chief scientist is seen trying to reanimate a dead rat in a very elaborate transparent tube, and succeeds. We see the legion of dead human bodies each secured in a sort of harness all in a vertical framework which seems to go down for ever.

A View: This film seemed to be based on the erroneous view that Frankenstein is the monster, not the creator, but it hardly matters. There are endless special effects which must have cost a fortune, but despite them the movie bombed at the box office. The Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it 5%. Sometimes they are wrong and we still enjoy some sort of fatuous presentation, but not this time. It is a terrible film which was set up to initiate some sort of franchise and hence hardly has an ending. Don’t bother with it, even if you are an Underworld fan. I have made it an ALMOST DON’T SEE.

Additional Info: The cinematic release was actually in 3D.

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