I, Frankenstein

Theatrical Release: January 24, 2014
I, Frankenstein
Not Recommended for Families

Synopsis

Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

Screenwriter and actor Kevin Grevioux, who co-created the “Underworld” franchise, will be reteaming with Patrick Tatopoulos, director of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, for a new project based on Grevioux’s upcoming Darkstorm Comics series I, Frankenstein.

The comic book and movie is a modernization of the Frankenstein mythos with the monster encountering other famous movie monsters in presumably violent ways including Frankenstein’s Monster, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Invisible Man, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde plus many more, in a re-imagined contemporary setting.

Dove Review

This story is intelligently written and features a belief in God, angels, archangels, and demons. Aaron Eckhart plays an interesting Frankenstein or, as Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto), High Queen of the Gargoyle order, calls him, “Adam.” Eckhart’s creature is both sympathetic and powerfully violent when he deems it necessary. The movie centers on modern times although “Adam” was created previously some two hundred years earlier. An evil demon lord, in the guise of a man, is attempting to use corpses in waiting to eventually be inhabited by demon spirits. He just needs to re-animate the bodies and he plans to do so by obtaining Frankenstein’s journal from Adam.

The movie is action-packed and includes several battles between the demons and the good gargoyles. The good gargoyles in this story were established and led by Michael, the archangel. A physiologist named Terra (Yvonne Strahovski) assists Adam. She tells him he is only a monster if he acts like one. This is after someone else tells him that his life was not given by the grace of God but was “fabricated in a laboratory.” However, the film contains too much violence, even though much of it involves demons and gargoyles, for us to award our Dove Seal to it. Adam is hurt and bloodied on several occasions and one human is killed by his neck being crushed by a demon. The demons often burst into flames and are hideous in appearance. This one is a bit much for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: H (as a place)-2; S-1; a comment that God will surely "damn" Adam and he replies that He already has.
Violence: Many scenes of gargoyles and demons fighting; demons burst into flames and attempt to kill humans and Frankenstein's creation and gargoyles; humans are hurt and bloodied and one man's neck is crushed; stitches seen on corpse while attempt to animate it is shown; blood seen on corpse's head; many killings by demons; characters fight with metal poles and one character is hit and wounded; some stabbings with objects; bloody stitches are seen; blood seen on character's mouth; scars are seen on man's back; thousands of corpses are held in waiting.
Drugs: Bar scene with some people drinking.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: What looks like a dead rat is experimented with and electric current is charged into its body; a character lies; a woman prays in church; a belief in God, angels, archangels, demons; a comment about Adam not having a soul and that only soul-less humans could be possessed; a plot for demons to possess human corpses once they are animated and brought to life.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Stuart Beattie & Kevin Grevioux
Director: Stuart Beattie
Producer: Gary Lucchesi
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Aaron Eckhart,
Bill Nighy,
Miranda Otto