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Watch I, Frankenstein Online Regardless, this weekend we'll see the return of Aaron Eckhart as I, Frankenstein (Lionsgate), a new take on the classic literary character by Mary Shelley that's more in line with the type of video game-inspired movies we've been seeing over the past twelve years for better or worse. Appropriately, it's the newest concept from Kevin Grevioux, one of the creators of the "Underworld" franchise, the first movie and its sequel grossing nearly $100 million worldwide, followed by the 2009 prequel "Rise of the Lycans" which fared better overseas. Fortunately, Kate Beckinsale came back for 2012's Underworld Awakening and that ended up doing better domestically ($62 million total) and worldwide ($153 million).
Now mind you, I, Frankenstein is an attempt at a new take on a famous character in order to create another "Underworld"-like franchise and it even has a similar look and feels as those movies and other films like Priest (which never did well enough to warrant a franchise). It's set in a dystopian world full of gargoyles and demons in a battle for power with Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam caught in the middle of the war, again very similar to the premise from the "Underworld" movies.
Eckhart has had success with genre films in recent years, first starring in The Dark Knight, which earned over a billion dollars worldwide, then in Battle: Los Angeles, which grossed $83.5 million domestic and $212 million worldwide, and then co-starring in last year's Olympus Has Fallen with Gerard Butler, which also opened big with $30 million on its way to $150.5 million worldwide. It might be a bit harder to believe him as a gargoyle-fighting monster, but clearly, this is trying to appeal to a certain younger male audience that is looking for something a little more escapist and different than what's in theaters.
Co-starring with Eckhart is "Underworld" vet Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto from the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Jai Courtney, who was supposed to be one of last year's hot breakout stars until he appeared in the worst "Die Hard" movie ever made. The movie is directed by Stuart Beattie, an Australian screenwriter who has been involved with many different types of genre films including Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the earlier drafts for the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Unfortunately, he hasn't proven himself as a director except with a movie called Tomorrow, When the War Began, which never received a domestic theatrical release.
Unfortunately, this movie just looks like too many other movies in a trend that's slowly dying, and it just doesn't have the same "fun factor" as last year's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, so it probably doesn't have much of a chance against the one-two Universal punch of Ride Along and Lone Survivor, not to mention the hit family comedy The Nut Job, so it's likely to end up in second place with less than $20 million opening and probably less than $50 million total i.e. no new franchise.
Mini-Review: One of the big trends of the past ten years has been trying to create high concept action movies based around known properties in hopes of stirring the interest of younger moviegoers looking for something that gives them the same rush as playing video games. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's just a disaster. "Underworld" famously took the simple premise of a war between Lycans (werewolves) and vampires and proved quite successful, and now one of that movie's original creators Kevin Grievioux is back with another try based around a comic book idea he conceived.
Opening with a fairly faithful telling of Mary Shelley's literary classic, "I, Frankenstein" seem to be off to a good start, but within minutes, Frankenstein's creation (Aaron Eckhart) encounters something called the "Gargoyle Order," literally a race of half-human half-gargoyle statues who have some sort of stake in saving the human race from their evil counterparts, the demons. There's a war going on between the two races and for some reason, Frankenstein's "monster," dubbed "Adam," is caught in the middle of it and might be the secret to one side winning over the other.
The movie then cuts forward 200 years to show Adam walking through a trendy hipster bar to inform us that we're now in the present day where the demons are trying to recreate Victor Frankenstein's grand experiment in order to bring their fallen comrades back from the dead. Getting their hands on either Adam or Frankenstein's journal or both are their top priority.
And yet, the Gargoyle Order is still around, still dressing and acting the same way they did hundred of years earlier, living in an enormously obtrusive cathedral in the middle of the city where they are constantly in battles with hundreds of demons, completely unnoticed by anyone around them. You may wonder why bother cutting forward to present day at all since so much time is spent focusing on the gargoyle-demon conflict that Adam disappears from the movie for a good chunk of time. Eventually, we get back to Adam, but watching Eckhart's shirtless brooding starts to get so tiring, you start wishing for more of the Gargoyle Order because it's such a ridiculous concept that it's semi-amusing.
It's never explained whether the Gargoyle Order wants Adam on their side--early on, they mention how his great strength could help them in the war against the demons--but then they chain him up during one of the larger battles… and then seem to want to kill him a few minutes later.
Essentially, the movie cuts between this giant cathedral with the likes of Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney in ancient costumes acting as if they're in a budget "Game of Thrones" to this scientific laboratory where Yvonne Strahovski with a needlessly atrocious British accent, trying to recreate Frankenstein's experiment. (In fact, the only one who really should have any sort of accent is Eckhart's Adam being since he's from 18th Century Europe, but he doesn't even bother trying.) Bill Nighy shows up as the financial backer of the experiment--we already know he's actually the demon prince Niberius--and for roughly ten minutes, he's one of the movie's only saving graces, though by the end of the movie, he's wearing the same ridiculous demon make-up as others and going off the rails.
The CG is just abysmal with long sequences where filmmaker Stuart Beattie allowed the computer geeks to throw whatever they want at the screen with crazy plumes of fire and badly-rendered gargoyles. We get ten minutes of that then cut back to the actors trying way too hard to give gravitas to the terrible dialogue. The more serious they play it, the more unintentionally hilarious it gets.
The last ten minutes of the movie is so insane in terms of CG insanity that one's mind just gives up trying to figure out what they're trying to achieve, yet the sloppy 3D conversion is just as much a waste of time and money as anything else in the movie.