If Frankenstein, Underworld, and the nineties cartoon Gargoyles had a child it would probably turn out like 2014’s I, Frankenstein. This is not a good movie. However, if you go in with low expectations there are plenty of cool effects and orange/blue contrast to behold.
I, Frankenstein takes place in a fictitious city that has a “secret” battle going on between demons and gargoyles. In this story line which Aaron Eckhart describes as “loosely loosely based” on the source material, gargoyles were created by the Archangel Michael to battle the fallen angels of Earth (demons). Apparently, archangels don’t got time for that. Not impressed? How about if we throw in Frankenstein’s monster with abs (Aaron Eckhart), a beautiful scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and an evil demon prince (Bill Nighy) hatching a plan to win this battle once and for all? Not sold yet? Would it surprise you that conveniently Frankenstein’s monster named Adam (the first of his kind) is the key to the demon princes plan? Probably not…
There is nothing in I, Frankenstein that will surprise you. Though, for what it was, I, Frankenstein was cool to watch at times. Sure the acting wasn’t great, but I blame that more on the writers than anything. Good actors can’t make bad lines sound good, or at least very few can. Unfortunately, combining myth with silly religious undertones and adding orange-blue contrast does not make for an interesting concept. If this movie would have come out ten years ago, before Underworld, maybe I would have been into it. Hindsight being 20/20 I now know I probably wouldn’t watch this movie unless I was channel surfing and found it. Even then, I’d probably enjoy some of the commercials more than I enjoyed this.
What did you think of I, Frankenstein? Am I being too hard on this film?
For a full breakdown of the content check out the Plugged in Online Review, it’s probably more entertaining than the movie itself.