run time: 92 mins
considered: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
starring: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Aden Young, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney
movie summary: Everyone out there should be aware of the Frankenstein story. Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young) spent years piecing together the perfect creature/human (Aaron Eckhart) and bring him to life. After thinking his creature was a failure, Dr. Frankenstein dumped him over a bridge in an attempt to kill him. The creature came back to kill his creator’s wife, which lead the doctor to track him down in an attempt to seek revenge.
The creature is not human so he is capable of surviving the harsh cold weather of the north, while Doctor Frankenstein parishes in his attempt to kill his creation. When the creature brings the doctor home for a proper burial next to his wife, evil demon creatures attack him and he manages to fight them off. Across the city at the church, some gargoyle statues come to life and fly to the graveyard to find Frankenstein’s creature there still alive. No one had ever killed demons before so the gargoyles adopted the creature who they name Adam. Inside the church Adam meets with the gargoyle queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) and tells her that he is his own man and will not follow anybody, that he will be fine without them. He grabs some weapons before leaving for the next 200 years.
While hiding in the coldest places on earth, demons continue to pop up and attempt to kill Adam. He finally has had enough and returns to the gargoyle church to say he wants to put an end to the demons once and for all. The queen says Adam betrayed them and holds him as a prisoner, while the leader of the demons Naberius (Bill Nighy) learns that Doctor Frankenstein’s creature has returned. Naberius sends out his small demon army to destroy the gargoyle church and capture Adam so his lead scientist Terra (Yvonne Strahovski) can examine his body.
The first battle of the upcoming war begins and the gargoyles lose a lot of soldiers while Queen Leonore is kidnapped instead of Adam. Her number one guard Gideon (Jai Courtney) exchanges Dr. Frankenstein’s journal with all the secrets behind Adam’s creation for his queen. Adam finds out that Naberius has been secretly collecting dead human bodies for decades with the hope of creating a massive army to take over the world. He needs Adam or the journal to figure out how to bring them back alive.
Adam shows up to the demon hide out to retrieve his journal, before returning to the gargoyles to lead them into the final epic battle between these two hidden powers of the world.
my thoughts: I, Frankenstein looked like it had potential to be a horrible movie after some not so great reviews. I thought this movie was ok, but definitely not worth the full price admission I paid. This type of movie has potential to be a hit on Netflix with its extremely fast paced storyline and action sequences. The overall story about gargoyles fighting wars against demons is nothing new, but it was a nice spin on the classic tale of Frankenstein. The special effects were decent and poor at the same time. The fight scenes were epic but whenever a demon dies it turns into a fire-ball that goes straight to hell which just looked horrible on-screen.
If anyone is interested in I, Frankenstein go see it on cheap Tuesday or when it cycles out to the second run theatres. It is worth a watch on the big screen but not for the full admission price.
my star rating: 5 out 10