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'I, Frankenstein' gets mixed reviews from Film Fans

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1/2 star out of 4 stars

Who let the dogs out? Woof! Woof! I am officially announcing the first movie stinker of 2014.

“I, Frankenstein” stars Aaron Eckhart (who played D.A. Harvey Dent in the latest “Batman” movies) as the titular beast stitched together by Victor Frankenstein. The movie opens in 1795 with the creature being set upon by demons out to capture him. He takes them out in short order, then goes on the offensive to get them before they get him. The story picks up 200 years later in an unnamed metropolis, where the creature continues to hunt down demons hiding out in human form. Gargoyles watching this mayhem come to life to intervene, explaining that, as instruments of God, it’s their job to take out the demons. The Gargoyle Queen Leonora (Miranda Otto) gives the creature a new name, “Adam.” She then enlists his help on behalf of the Gargoyle Order to join their centuries-old battle against the Demon Order and their nefarious leader, Naberius (Bill Nighy), who is hiding in plain sight as the human CEO of a high tech company working on — you guessed it — re-animation of the dead. Naberius wants the secret method used to bring Adam to life, so he can bring his demon minions back from hell into human bodies.

It seems that the megawatts used to animate Adam also give him superhuman strength, immunity from freezing cold, the ability to take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’ and to not age. It also seems that you can have an epic battle between gargoyles and demons in the middle of a major city, smashing cars and destroying buildings and 1) no humans are around to witness this, 2) it doesn’t make the news and 3) later the city looks like nothing happened at all. It’s also mentioned that the demons that are vanquished descend into hell and are bound for there for eternity, but apparently Naberius didn’t get that memo. Yeah, none of this made much sense to me, either. I kept looking at my watch and wondering when this disaster would end.

I’d rather take a beating than to have to watch this mess again.

— Tim Weekley, Suwanee

2 out of 4 stars

Aaron Eckhart as Frankenstein, in “I Frankenstein” was pretty good. The story was a little different than the past “Frankenstein” movies and that, for me, made it pretty good. It reminded me of the “Underworld” movies and I do like those. Frankenstein walks the world for more than 200 years, in the shadows, trying to stay away from humans and then all of a sudden he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity. The war is between gargoyles, who are really angels sent down to to fight the demons. When the demons are killed, they flare up in fire and descend to Hell. When the gargoyles are killed, they burst in a blue flash and ascend to Heaven.

This is the war that holds the fate of humanity. If you like movies such as the “Underworld” and monster movies, you will probably enjoy it. But for those of you that are just not sure, I recommend waiting for the DVD release.

— Kelly Cain, Lawrenceville

1 out of 4 stars

In the original story by Mary Shelley, her monster is created from an assortment of pieces collected from several dead bodies and then reanimated by a huge strike of lightning. Much like the original monster, this film is put together from various remnants and, like Shelley’s monster, it has no soul. Unfortunately, even heavyweight actors like Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy (you will recognize him from the “Underworld” franchise) can’t save this ham-handed effort to, once again, pit good against evil for the control of the world and the future of mankind.

The struggle here is the gargoyles versus the demons. The demons want to learn the secret of Frankenstein’s immortality in order to reanimate a legion of dead bodies they have collected over the past 200 years, mobilize them, eliminate mankind and rule the world. Frankenstein (Eckhart) joins with the good guys (gargoyles) and the battle is on (yawn).

Kevin Grevioux, who also wrote the script for “Underworld,” wrote the novel and the script for this monstrosity. Other notables are Yvonne Strahovski, who is miscast and totally unbelievable as a renowned human physiologist, and Bill Nighy who, once again, is the leader of the bad guys but is no more menacing than a phony schoolyard bully.

Lots of computer graphics, loud battle scenes and jumping around with large sharp weapons slashing each other and breaking stuff. I suggest that you pass on this one and pray that there won’t be a sequel.

— Steve Kalberg, Lawrenceville