"Finding one's true purpose for most can be found while they are alive, but in Adam's case, it was death that brought his truth to life"
What's an un-dead fellow to do when he's been stitched together with the remnants of his deceased brethren? Well, one thing he could do is walk the earth until the cows come home or he can find his own destiny among-st the supernatural beings on earth. Fortunately for us, he chooses option number two and provides us with an interesting film to watch during this harsh winter weather.
"I, Frankenstein" is a film about a living being created by man that searches to find the purpose of his existence within a war between good and evil.
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Aaron Eckhart stars as Adam/Frankenstein in this film and for what it's worth, he keeps us entertained. Now, this isn't normally the type of film we see him in, but it could possibly be a step in the right direction or at least something to broaden his career. As for his overall acting performance, it's what was expected, as he plays the role of an introverted, soulless capsule of flesh that searches for a higher purpose. Let's just say, before we can stake him as the next action superstar, he'll need to do a few more films in this genre to give an honest account of his abilities.
Now, as far as the plot of the film, it didn't get as deep as some of the older versions of Frankenstein, but it offered an updated stance on Frankenstein's plight. This version to begin with, appears a little more realistic than the ideology of the early 30s. For one, they definitely didn't have CG or the internet back then, so just the technology upgrade alone gives the film a serious face lift. Secondly, Eckhart's smooth, but tattered face is a far cry from the rugged blockhead make-up job that we endured in earlier versions of the film. This one is different, but it nods to it's predecessors.
The movie starts by briefly going into Frankenstein's creation and showing a bit of the tension between him and his creator, before jumping into the 21st century, where demons look like us and function as an organized group of radicals. Bill Nighy stars as Naberius, the head of the demons out to rule the world, while Miranda Otto plays the role of a Gargoyle queen, Leonore, whose here to protect us humans in the unseen battle of good and evil. So where does Frankenstein fit into all this? Well, let's simply state that the fact that he even exists shows both demons and gargoyles that there are somethings that will never be understood, no matter what supernatural gifts one may have.
Now, for the +'s in the film, the CG sequences we're awesome! Most of you, by now have seen the previews for "I Frankenstein and are aware that there are some man-size gargoyles flying around bringing righteous pain to an evil army. This type of visual eye-candy wouldn't have even happened back in the day, due to ancient filming techniques, as well as lack of insight on what attracts fans to an fantasy/action-film.
The supporting cast in the film did an excellent job of keeping the movie flowing, by offering additional action sequences and dialogue when needed, as a movie with just Frankenstein would have been rather drab. All in all this was an entertaining watch with enough action to keep us in our seats for the 92-minute presentation.
So to wrap this up, "I, Frankenstein" is recommended for fans of old school fantasy/horror, but more likely to be appreciated by Eckhart enthusiasts. This film is still in theaters and can be viewed in 2D or 3D, we watched the 3D, but we're sure the 2D would have been just as good.
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