I, Frankenstein is one-part Mary Shelley to three thousand parts “makers of the Underworld quadrilogy”. Apart from Frankenstein’s Monster – here named Adam and unbelievably ripped for a quasi-zombie – there’s little to link it with the titular novel.
Eckhart is as good as the material lets him be, with his abs there to help out, and bombastic CGI set-pieces do something for it, but it’s killed by endless exposition and a bizarre plot.
Its saving grace will be the people who enjoy it for all the reasons listed above – and those for whom it will become a guilty pleasure.
Not the worst movie ever made, but far, far removed from the best. Sit back and accept I, Frankenstein for what it is – a campily fun, gothic action film that embraces all the cliches of the genre and then some – and you’ll have an alright time.
CAST: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux
DIRECTOR: Stuart Beattie
WRITERS: Stuart Beattie, Kevin Grevioux
SYNOPSIS: Two hundreds years after his creation, Frankenstein’s Monster is the key to humanity’s salvation in the war between gargoyles and demons.