I, Frankenstein 3D

In the battle between good and evil, an immortal holds the key.

Aaron Eckhart plays Frankenstein's monster, drawn into a conflict between heaven and hell when demonic forces seek his immortality. Based on the Darkstorm graphic novel depicting what happened after the events of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. From the director of Tomorrow, When the War Began.

As if Frankenstein's monster didn't have it tough enough, moments after burying his creator in the early 18th century he is attacked by demons and only saved by the intervention of winged rescuers. What he then discovers is a war that has been raging for millenia between demons and the transforming gargoyles of heaven, the latter not only proving to be his saviour but giving him his freedom and a name - Adam.

In the present day, Adam pursues the demons he knows are seeking him and his immortality, but gets caught between the two spiritual forces once more when the demons intensify their efforts to find him. Led by Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) the forces of darkness have almost discovered the key to reanimating the dead and Frankenstein's creation may provide the missing piece to a puzzle that will result in mankind's damnation.

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Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, 3D

92mins

Rating: M Fantasy violence

USA, Australia

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Ay-yi-yi, Frankenstein. Sure, his monster has always been a stitched together assemblage of body parts, but despite never actually having a soul in the first place, Frankenstein’s creation has never been quite as soulless as this. That’s not just the monster’s fault, or that of Aaron Eckhart who plays him, the buck stopping with everyone involved in this whole unfortunate exercise.

I, Frankenstein leans unsuccessfully on dreary CGI action to break up an interminable number of scenes in which the cast draw on all their acting prowess to keep a straight face while delivering absurd and often pompous exposition. Seriousness is a strange tonal choice for something so ludicrous, one that drains any chance of fun out of the film – but with action short on thrills or spectacle, and no real sense of menace to the villains nor feeling of stakes to their conflict with heavenly forces, there wouldn’t be much hope of salvation here.

Of all the cast Eckhart probably has the best excuse for delivering a wooden performance, using the scars across his face and abs on his bod to do most of the work between flat line readings. Elsewhere Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney don’t do themselves many favours, but the biggest disappointment is director Stuart Beattie, whose directorial debut Tomorrow, When the War Began was everything this is not – engaging, thrilling and character-driven.

With the exception of Underworld fans drawn to this though its roots as a graphic novel by the writer of that series, it’s hard to picture who else will enjoy the film – no matter how much brain they leave at the door.

Dissolve (USA)

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While it’s nothing new and lacks individualistic touches, it’s still solid trashy fun as an overwrought superhero origin story.

Variety (USA)

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Utterly witless, listless, sparkless and senseless.

Hollywood Reporter

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Employs a strictly humorless, gothic approach to the material that makes one long for the satirical touches of James Whale, let alone Mel Brooks.

Total Film (UK)

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He's alive! But you might wish he wasn't after seeing this knuckle-headed fantasy.

Guardian (UK)

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One more run around that boringly realised, CGI-reliant, blue-grey netherverse that takes enduring fantasy creations as the basis for barely functioning multiplex-filler.

New York Times

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The blinkered screenplay and indifferent performances fail to lift the eschatology and self-searching off the page.

Empire (UK)

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Back to the drawing board for the mad scientists who cobbled this together. Five parts bad to one part camp nonsense.
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ems

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Horrible

Just plain bad.


Hoped For More

I Frankenstein promised a lot with its trailer, it delivered on the action, the fight scenes were rather good and rivalry developed between Eckhart's character and that of the head demonic minion and gargoyle order. But other than that the storyline never really came to an end. Characters were poorly developed. The story itself had hope but it did not tackle this well especially if you start comparing it to like films such as the Underworld franchise which really was the benchmark and still is for this kind of Sci-Fi film. Basically the trailer over promised and the film under delivered, the use of 3d is redundant in this film it was not true 3D which is a real disappointment when paying extra, or not having the option for regular at certain cinemas. Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto are great actors/actress but even they could not resurrect a modern portrayal of Frankenstein.


Terrible script

The trailer forgot to include the horrible scriptwriting. I was so disappointed in this film, there was barely any character development for the Frankenstein monster. The monster had modern grammar, which was far too 'modern' for how we usually interpret Frankenstein to speak. The 'love interest' was amateur and unnecessary, and spoiler: the arch enemies are literally across the road. Eckhart ran through the alleyway, and turned right, then the hideout was just there. You'd think arch enemies would at least be a couple of miles away. There were some characters you'd think would be important but they don't even last and you forget them in a minute.

The only good thing was the VFX. Though, not worth the 3D.

Kwan

Kwan

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Not very good

I watched it because it stars Aaron Eckhart and his movies are normally quite good and more than just watchable. But this must be one of his weakest characters - somehow the story of Frankenstein functioning in the modern day with the guardian gargoyles just didn't get developed enough, and it is a pity as the idea of guardian gargoyles is quite interesting. There was also no chemistry between Eckhart and the lead actress.

sheek

sheek

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Good movie to pas time

It was totally different to what I was expecting! what I actually loved the most was the consistent action it kept me tuned the whole entire film. This film had a lot of potential, I don't think they pulled everything out of the Frankenstein story as they could in the way they went with it. However what they did do with the guardian gargoyles was amazing! I love the fight scene with the gargoyles and the demons and the demons eventual plot to take over mankind. I just wish they did more with the gargoyles!


I wanted it to be good, but...

Straight up the film was ok for a distraction for an hour and a half. I wanted it to be good, but it just didn't quite make it sorry. The story was a little reconstructed and the editing seemed like it had been put together by Frankenstein himself. The make up also lacked in places, but hey if you don't go with high expectations you will come away at least nominally satisfied.

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Pastime Movie

I like the story, the good vs. evil thing. Its so universal that I still fall for it. Its the twists and turns that make the movie a good or bad one. And this is quite bad because a number of scenes make you say "what were they thinking?" Oh well, I like the action, the effects, Aaron Eckhart and the gargoyles. Its too obvious that there will be part 2 and hopefully, they'll do better with the story.


I was waiting for the film to end

The film had a very simple plot that lead to very little character development but allot of action. IF you're looking for a mindless action film that is sure to please.


Awful

Thanks for the free tickets, Flicks, but this film is terrible. The script is one of the worst I've ever seen (heard?), and the story is nonsensical at best. Think Underworld, but somehow even worse. Avoid.


A stumbling mindless oaf of a film

A bit like Frankenstein's monster this film feels like it's been stitched together from a few different 'dead' bodies. Aaron Eckhart looks like he has woken up on the wrong film set and the rest of the cast fails to create any emotional attachment. Bill Nighy is the only one that looks like he is enjoying himself in a somewhat dull script fueled by convoluted plot devices that fail to connect action sequences heavily borrowed from the Underworld franchise. Kevin Grevioux who is the creative force behind this film and the Underworld series, lacks the producers chops to elevate his original take on Frankenstein from his Darkstorm comic book to a full length feature film.