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I, Frankenstein [DVD]
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Very much a Gothic style movie, it really only nods in the direction of Mary Shelley's creation. It reminds me of the films The Priest and Hansel and Gretel in terms of cinematography and special effects. Picture quality is extremely good and the 3D aspect not too overcooked. Anyone who expects Frankenstein of old will be disappointed, but it can stand alone as a piece of entertainment and probably one that can be viewed more than once.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
My expectations set abysmally low going into this, I was actually shocked by how enjoyable 'I, Frankenstein' turned out to be. Perhaps not classic cinema, but better than average on all accounts, with fairly decent (if occasionally hokey) dialogue, an excellent cast of main characters, and commendable use of special effects.

Beginning with a very terse introduction to the final pages of Shelly's original novel, Frankenstein's monster, referred to as Adam in this production, is merely borrowed for plot purposes here, so do not expect this to be a faithful adaptation. It was never intended to be, and is only an extended epilogue, taking place in the present day; though there are some subtle parallels regarding the ethics of certain scientific endeavors, and how that related to Victor Frankenstein's experiments two hundred years previous. In the here and now, Adam is sought after by demonic forces who wish to use his body, with all its preternatural strength, for reasons that are probably a bit spoilery, so I will say only that since he is a re-animated corpse, the demons /and/ gargoyles alike have made assumptions about the nature of his life.

The gargoyles, it has been mentioned, seem a strange adversary for the demons - this is actually not the case. In medieval Europe, gargoyles were utilized as protectors of churches, as their countenances were thought to ward off evil spirits. This aspect I found refreshing, as while many of the demons were beautiful and alluring on the outside, goodness within was not always equated with an outer appeal. Kudos to the producers for that subtextual nugget of gold.

Aside from battling the demons, the gargoyles true mission is to defend mankind from the demons whose sole purpose is to destroy humanity. Neither are initially portrayed as allies to Adam - they are essentially both using him for their own ends because there is one aspect both gargoyles and demons have not accounted for.

I cannot agree there was no character growth in this movie. On the contrary, once Terra (a scientist unknowingly in the employ of Wessex, a.k.a. Naberius The Demon Prince) comes onto the scene, Adam's interactions with her eventually force his entire outlook upside down. Everyone has misjudged Adam, but none more than he has himself. The final revelation played heavily upon the overall theme, that is to say, that "all life is sacred", which is the reason I suspect so many reviewers are having conniptions over this movie. Based on its own merits, and not of other franchises, which it bore no resemblance to, this was a good, solid film in the vein of old school good vs. evil movies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2014
Not quite Mary Shelley, but highly entertaining all the same. A very different take on the original story but very enjoyable with good effects and a modern twist
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2014
Disappointing film, good cast, half way descent sfx, just no script worth reading. The cast seem bored even the normally excellent Bill Nighy has no energy in this.
if you must see it rent it
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on 4 November 2014
The first five minutes of the film, which went over Frankenstein's history and the idea that he would have survived the cold Antarctic where his maker did not, had great potential and was gripping. After that, it just became Underworld with a male protagonist, even Bill Nighy was the baddy again! relied completely on special effects and fight scenes, plot went out the window. Such a shame.
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on 24 August 2014
Interesting latest offering in a trend of taking old classics and putting a modern twist on them as we've seen with Van Helsing and Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters whilst taking on the action sequences of Underworld. Not quite the Mary Shelley vision of the story but entertaining enough with Bill Nighy stealing the movie (everyone loves and English baddie) - great popcorn movie
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on 19 July 2014
A spin on the standard Frankenstein movie set two hundred years after his creation with gargoyles as the good guys fighting against the demon hordes. Plenty of fight scenes with some good special effects as the bad guys descend (killed) and the good guys ascend (killed). Well worth a watch even if the links to the original Frankenstein story are tenuous at best.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2014
well i must say i love underworld so i thought this looked kinda fun, to start with the effects are pants, the story is a rework of underworld even half the cast are in it, frankies scars lasted hundreds of years but barely made it to the end of the film lol
i came out of the cinema 7 quid lighter and a real sense of why??why bother to even use frankies name when any old dead guy would do, i can find nothing to recommend this film at all ! sorry guys can i have my money back.
can just say i am a big fan of sci fi, blade,lotr, trekki etc.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2014
I struggled to understand what this film had to do with the story of Frankenstein. It was full of CGI and the storyline was flimsy.
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on 1 September 2014
OK.. Brand new and sealed. Very good film.

Only dropped star not through fault of seller but manufacturer. It actually pauses for a second or so in the film. I have analysed the disc and even ripped it to test it out. It seems it's a manufacturing defect. Not a big deal but If you buy new you expect no defects.
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