I, Frankenstein

The creator of the graphic comics behind the Underworld film series, Kevin Gerioux, brings you another film adapted from his graphic novel of the same name – I, Frankenstein. A 2014 Australian-American fantasy action film written and directed by Stuart Beattie, the film stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney and Kevin Grevioux.

The starts off with a quick retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – in 1795 Dr. Viktor Frankenstein creates a soulless creature patched together from different corpses and give it life. However he later regrets his decision and dumps the creature from atop a bridge to drown it in the river but the creature/monster survives and in a fit of rage kills Frankenstein’s wife. Viktor goes after the monster but is frozen to death in the pursuit and the monster buries his creator in the family plot and is attacked by demons. He fights them off but is about to be capture when gargoyles come to life and rescue him. They take the unconscious monster to their catedral and present the monster before their Queen Lenore & her general Gideon. She explains to the monster that they were created by the archangel Michael to battle the demons and protect mankind. She give him a name, Adam, and invites him to join them but he only accepts weapons to fight of the demons and goes to live in seclusion. For over 200 years he lived alone but was discovered by a small group of demons who he kills and then heads to the city to stop them once & for all.

At a nightclub he corners a demon for answers as to why they pursue him but in the fight a human cop is killed and the gargoyles capture Adam and bring him to Lenore. Apparently the head demon, Naberius (disguised as a human CEO of a large corporation Charles Wessex) wants Adam to experiment on as he needs dead human bodies to be reanimated without a soul for demons to possess and then with an army he can take over the world. Wessex has employed scientist Terra Wade & her assistant Karl to conduct experiments with reanimated corpses, and sends a group of demons led by his most formidable warrior, Zuriel, to attack the gargoyles’ cathedral and capture Adam so he can unlock the secret to giving life. Before Adam can be punished the cathedral, the demons attack the castle killing several of the gargoyles including the ones that rescued Adam centuries ago. Lenore is captured and brought to an abandoned theater. Adam and Gideon head there where Gideon exchanges Lenore for Victor Frankenstein’s journal, containing the secrets of the experiment. Adam follows Zuriel to the Wessex Institute and learns of their plan to reanimate the corpses and he follows Terra and rescues her from Zuriel, getting the journal back. Terra is informed of who Adam is and why Wessex wants to reanimate dead bodies as she tends to his wounds.

Adam goes to warn the gargoyles and Lenore sends Gideon to kill him and retrieve the journal. After a violent fight, Adam is forced to “ascend” Gideon and then decides to burn Frankenstein’s journal and destroy its secrets before the gargoyles come after him. With Terra having been taken by the demons, Adam leads the gargoyles to the institute by letting them follow him and a huge battle occurs between the two factions. Adam tries to rescue Terra but Wessex transforms to his true form of Naberius and activates the machine to reanimate corpses. Naberius overpowers Adam, and tries to have one of the demon spirits possess him, but Adam proves immune as he has grown his own soul. Adam then carves the gargoyle symbol on Naberius and destroying the demon’s body which in turn descends Naberius and all his demons to hell also causing the building to collapse. Lenore, seeing this rescues Adam, along with Terra, forgiving him for the death of Gideon. Adam takes his weapons, says farewell to Terra and the gargoyles and takes up a new mission – to protect mankind from all demon. He also takes back his true name of Frankenstein.

Storywise it failed and seems rather silly. Trying to make Frankenstein’s monster into a avenging action hero like 2004’s Van Helsing. Visually it is a good action film just don’t expect much. I give it a 7 outta 10 for the fight scenes and special effects especially.

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