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I, Frankenstein (2014)

  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 1,982 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 24 January 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
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I, Frankenstein (2014)


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  • IMDb page: I, Frankenstein (2014)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 1,982 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 24 January 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Budget: $65,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $8,610,441 (USA) (24 January 2014)
  • Director: Stuart Beattie
  • Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Reinhold Heil  Johnny Klimek   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS | Dolby Atmos | Auro 11.1
  • Plot Keyword: Frankenstein | Based On Comic Book | Monster | Frankenstein's Monster | Based On Comic

Writing Credits By:

  • Stuart Beattie (screenplay)
  • Kevin Grevioux (screen story) and
  • Stuart Beattie (screen story)
  • Kevin Grevioux (Darkstorm Studios graphic novel)
  • Mary Shelley  characters

Known Trivia

  • This film acknowledges Frankenstein’s Monster as “Adam” making it one of the very few screen adaptations to call him by his actual name given to him in the original 1818 novel. 2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Orginally set be released on February 22, 2013. The film was pushed back to September 13, 2013, only to be shuffled once again to January 24, 2014. 0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Aaron Eckhart stated in an interview that during filming of one of the Kali stick fight scenes, Eckhart thought he broke his neck when he was hit with a powerful blow on the back of his neck during shooting. “I went down to the ground like a sack of potatoes.” 0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. |  »

Story: Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Kevin Grevioux known as executive producer
  • David Kern known as executive producer
  • Gary Lucchesi known as producer
  • Troy Lum known as executive producer
  • Andrew Mason known as producer
  • James McQuaide known as executive producer
  • Eric Reid known as executive producer
  • Tom Rosenberg known as producer
  • Richard S. Wright known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Aaron Eckhart known as Adam
  • Yvonne Strahovski known as Terra
  • Miranda Otto known as Leonore
  • Bill Nighy known as Naberius
  • Jai Courtney known as Gideon
  • Socratis Otto known as Zuriel
  • Aden Young known as Victor Frankenstein
  • Caitlin Stasey known as Keziah
  • Mahesh Jadu known as Ophir
  • Steve Mouzakis known as Helek
  • Nicholas Bell known as Carl Avery
  • Deniz Akdeniz known as Barachel
  • Chris Pang known as Levi
  • Kevin Grevioux known as Dekar
  • Bruce Spence known as Molokai
  • Virginie Le Brun known as Elizabeth Frankenstein
  • Penny Higgs known as Sargon
  • Goran D. Kleut known as Rekem (as Goran Kleut)
  • Yasca Sinigaglia known as Igal
  • Nicole Downs known as Procula
  • John Reynolds known as Jannes
  • Rick Tonna known as Bar Bouncer
  • Craig Brookshaw known as Alley Demon #1
  • Bryce Hardy known as Alley Demon #2
  • Marky Lee Campbell known as Police Officer
  • Warwick Sadler known as Forest Demon #1
  • Robbie Clissold known as Forest Demon #2
  • Jack Fieguth known as Forest Demon #3
  • Michael Peace known as Subway Lover #1
  • Sherrydayne Taela known as Subway Lover #2
  • Chris Anderson known as Train Station Cleaner
  • Jim Petropoulos known as Wessex Orderly
  • Minel Louis known as Nightclub dancer
  • Paul Allica known as Bar Tender (uncredited)
  • Amanda Dyar known as Runner (uncredited)
  • Angela Kennedy known as Demon (uncredited)
  • Diezel Ramos known as (uncredited)
  • Samantha Reed known as Eve (uncredited)
  • Luke Wright known as (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Katherine Brown known as key prosthetic makeup artist
  • Natalie Burley known as additional prosthetic makeup artist
  • Jac Charlton known as dental prosthetics
  • Rachel Coenen known as prosthetics assistant
  • Louise Coulston known as hair stylist
  • Louise Coulston known as makeup artist
  • Nik Dorning known as senior prosthetic makeup artist
  • Sean Genders known as prosthetic lens technician
  • Vincent J. Guastini known as early concept designer: Patrick Tatopoulos Studios
  • Vincent J. Guastini known as early conept designer: Patrick Tatopoulos Studios
  • Gail Kane known as additional makeup artist
  • Paul Katte known as makeup effects supervisor: Make-up Effects Group
  • Jennifer Lamphee known as makeup department head
  • Mariel McClorey known as additional special effects makeup
  • Christine Miller known as prosthetic makeup artist
  • Nick Nicolaou known as makeup effects supervisor: Make-up Effects Group
  • Selena Pertzel known as additional hairdresser
  • Selena Pertzel known as additional makeup artist
  • Jess Reedy known as senior prosthetic makeup artist
  • Fiona Rees-Jones known as key makeup artist
  • Mia Kate Russell known as additional special effects makeup artist
  • Zoe Saleeba known as makeup artist
  • Kate Spear known as additional makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Kristen Anderson known as set designer
  • Marko Anttonen known as assistant art director
  • Vaso Babic known as sculptor
  • Lisa Brennan known as property master
  • Steven Carroll known as hod sculptor
  • Ben Corless known as construction manager
  • Rohan Dawson known as hod scenic artist
  • Rain Hart known as concept artist
  • Chris Henderson known as props
  • Jenny Hitchcock known as set designer
  • Dan Knight known as set construction
  • Jared Krichevsky known as creature designer
  • Damian Lund known as action vehicles
  • Dale Mackie known as concept artist
  • Jane Mancini known as model maker
  • Jennifer McAuliffe known as art department runner
  • Tim McGaw known as head propmaker
  • Heath McKinley known as art department assistant
  • Martin L. Mercer known as concept artist
  • Luca Nemolato known as concept artist
  • Nick Pledge known as senior model maker
  • Olivia Pulbrook known as art swing gang
  • Steffen Reichstadt known as concept artist
  • Phil Shearer known as conceptual designer
  • Dylan Shearsby known as storyboard artist
  • Mark Smith known as dressing props
  • Michelle Venutti known as art department coordinator
  • Nathan Wentworth known as art department assistant
  • Francesco Corvino known as concept art: environments (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Hopscotch Features
  • Lakeshore Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Deakin University  motion capture
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Huzzah Sound  sound post-production
  • Lakeshore Entertainment  funding
  • Lakeshore Records  score album
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Light Iron  mobile dailies provided by Outpost
  • Motion Picture Lighting  lighting
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Showfilm  travel agent
  • Threadgold Plummer Hood  payroll services
  • VisionsMCP  bits casting
  • VisionsMCP  extras
  • VisionsMCP  stand-ins
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


  • A Company (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • A Company (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • InterComFilm (2014) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2014) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Koch Media (2014) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Showbox/Mediaplex (2013) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Splendid Film (2014) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Splendid Film (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2013) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Deltamac Co. (2013) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • E Stars Films (2013) (China) (all media)
  • Hopscotch Films (2013) (Australia) (all media)
  • Pinema (2013) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2013) (Netherlands) (all media)
  • TriPictures (2013) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Aaron Sims Company, The
  • Cutting Edge (visual effects)
  • Iloura
  • Luma Pictures
  • Makeup Effects Group Studio (special makeup effects)
  • Prime Focus World (3D conversion)
  • Proof
  • Rising Sun Pictures (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Grant Adam known as lead technical director: Iloura
  • Ritesh Aggarwal known as stereo conversion supervisor
  • Juan Antonio Alamo known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Deborah Alleck known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jon Allingham known as motion capture artist: Deakin University
  • Justin Alvarez known as lead compositor: Cutting Edge
  • Lars Andersen known as compositor: Cutting Edge
  • Pedro Andrade known as digital compositor
  • Vasilis Antipas known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Chris Archer known as modeler: Iloura
  • Chris Archer known as texturer: Iloura
  • Juan Arias known as modeler & texture artist: Luma Pictures
  • Brent Armfield known as visual effects data wrangler
  • Graham Ashworth known as modeler: Iloura
  • Graham Ashworth known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Priya Ayengar known as stereoscopic paint artist: Prime Focus
  • Em Baker known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Nick Barber known as Data Wrangler: Iloura
  • Aaron Barlow known as character animator: Iloura
  • Steve Barnes known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Daniel Bigaj known as roto/paint artist
  • Magdalena Bisogni known as resource manager: Iloura
  • Stefanie Blatt known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Michael Bongiorno known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Hayes Brien known as compositor: Iloura
  • Daniel Bryce known as modeler: Iloura
  • Paul Buckley known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Paul Burton known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Serena Cacciato known as animator: Iloura
  • Kev Cahill known as vfx assistant supervisor
  • William Cameron known as modeler: Iloura
  • William Cameron known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Genevieve Camilleri known as compositor: Iloura
  • Eoin Cannon known as modeler: Iloura
  • Eoin Cannon known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Joe Censoplano known as lighting & compositing artist: Luma Pictures
  • Steven Cheah known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Carlos Cidrais known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Andrew Clarke known as matte painter: Iloura
  • Simone Clow known as visual effects producer
  • Tony Cole known as senior compositor
  • Rob Conn known as digital effects artist: Cutting Edge
  • Bruce Creevey known as lead animator: Luma Pictures
  • Cameron Crichton known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Nicholas Cross known as lighting & compositing artist: Luma Pictures
  • Dustin Cumming known as compositor
  • Murray Curtis known as compositor: Iloura
  • Marco D'Ambros known as character technical director: Iloura
  • Troy Darben known as compositor
  • Bruno Martins de Azevedo known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Bruno Martins de Azevedo known as stereoscopic paint artist
  • Jacques Dell known as modeler: Iloura
  • Jacques Dell known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Giancarlo Derchie known as digital artist
  • Flavia Dias Riley known as visual effects producer: Cutting Edge
  • Julian Dimsey known as compositing supervisor: Iloura
  • Peter Divers known as lead motion capture artist: Deakin University
  • Ian Dodman known as cg supervisor
  • Ian Dodman known as compositor
  • Yoav Dolev known as compositor: Iloura
  • Sam Doolan known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Steven Drew known as compositor: Iloura
  • Laura Dubsky known as compositor: Iloura
  • Chris Dwyer known as lead data wrangler: Iloura
  • Julia Egerton known as compositor: Iloura
  • Dean Elliott known as character animator: Iloura
  • Jack Evans known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Alan Fairlie known as lead compositing technical director: Iloura
  • Caithlin Ferrier known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Daniel Fotheringham known as character animator: Iloura
  • Dom Francis known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Shaun Freeman known as character animator: Iloura
  • Jonathan Freisler known as lead effects artist: Iloura
  • Nathaniel Garbutt known as technical director: Iloura
  • James Gardiner known as stereoscopic compositing td: Prime Focus
  • Patrick Gavin known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Jason Gilholme known as technical director: Iloura
  • Anette Gjertsen known as effects artist: Iloura
  • David Good known as character animator: Iloura
  • Avi Goodman known as CG supervisor: Iloura
  • Ryan Grobins known as lighting technical director
  • Shane Hall known as character animator: Iloura
  • Gene Hammond-Lewis known as compositor: Iloura
  • Matthew Hanger known as visual effects artist: Cutting Edge
  • Wei He known as rigging technical director: Luma Pictures
  • Ryan Heelan known as visual effects coordinator: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Aeon Henderson known as compositor: Iloura
  • Chris Henryon known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Sam Hodge known as cg supervisor: rising sun pictures
  • Andrew Hogden known as compositor
  • Daniel Hourigan known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Shannon Howald known as stereo compositor: Prime Focus
  • Cosmin Hrincu known as matte painter: Luma Pictures
  • Cosmin Hrincu known as modeler & texture artist: Luma Pictures
  • Levon Hudson known as assistant visual effects editor
  • Levon Hudson known as motion tracker
  • Chris Hunt known as lighting artist: Iloura
  • Chris Hunt known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Giselle Hunter known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Huck Hur known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Jacek Irzykowski known as matte artist: Iloura
  • Jacek Irzykowski known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Chris Jackson known as compositor
  • Mike James known as matte painter: method studios
  • Sam Jensen known as lead modeler: Iloura
  • Sam Jensen known as lead texturer: Iloura
  • David Johnson known as technical director: Iloura
  • Adam Jones known as IT manager: Iloura
  • Justin Jones known as senior stereoscopic supervisor
  • Morgan Jones known as compositor: Iloura
  • Alexandra Junginger known as stereo conversion coordinator
  • Peter Jurca known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Dulshan Keragala known as modeler & texture artist
  • Jun Eun Kim known as generalist: Luma Pictures
  • Jun Eun Kim known as modeler: Iloura
  • Jun Eun Kim known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Oscar Knott known as digital artist
  • Helen Kok known as visual effects producer: method studios
  • Michael Kortum known as motion capture artist: Deakin University
  • Martin Kossmann known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Konstantin Kovalenko known as visual effects artist
  • Alan S.L. Lam known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Jarett Lee known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Alana Lennie known as lighting artist: Iloura
  • Jianxiong Kent Li known as modeler & texture artist: luma pictures
  • Augusto Lombardi known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Elizabeth Louden known as motion capture casting agent: Deakin University
  • Daniel Loui known as digital compositor
  • Jane Lovell known as administration manager: Iloura
  • Duncan MacDonald known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Adam MacGowan known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Jonathan Macintosh known as character animator: Iloura
  • Ineke Majoor known as visual effects producer: Iloura
  • Rodney March known as character animator: Iloura
  • Filipe Marques known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Francisco Martinez known as lighting artist: Luma Pictures
  • Brad McKay known as character animator: Iloura
  • Brad McKay known as previs supervisor: Proof, Inc.
  • James McQuaide known as visual effects supervisor
  • Glenn Melenhorst known as visual effects supervisor (Iloura)
  • Keith Meure known as lead digital artist: Iloura
  • Vicki Mifsud known as production coordinator: Iloura
  • Jay C. Miller known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Nathan Mitchell known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Tamas Molnar known as character animator: Iloura
  • Kate Moon known as matte artist: Iloura
  • Adrian Moyes known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Andy Mulligan known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Ashley Nagy known as modeler: Iloura
  • Ashley Nagy known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Payankulath Nandakumar known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Newbury known as cg generalist: luma pictures
  • Gregory Ng known as lighting & compositing artist: Luma Pictures
  • James P. Noon known as tracking
  • John Norris known as visual effects producer: The Aaron Sims Company
  • Greg O'Connor known as modeling supervisor: Method Studios
  • Rodney O'Sullivan known as IT support: Iloura
  • Kieran Ogden-Brunell known as effects technical director
  • Matt Omond known as lead compositor: Iloura
  • Matthew Ozerski known as visual effects editor
  • Heath Pagram known as character animator: Iloura
  • Richard Pang known as generalist: Luma Pictures
  • Michael Parker known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Matthew Pascuzzi known as compositor: Iloura
  • Noah Pascuzzi known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Thomas Pentland known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Manuel Perez known as digital compositor: Iloura
  • John Perrigo known as visual effects artist
  • Justin Porter known as digital coordinator (Luma Pictures)
  • Lucas Pozzey known as lighting & compositing artist: Luma Pictures
  • Jeremy Pronk known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Will Pryor known as character technical director: Iloura
  • Marc Purnell known as matchmove artist
  • Amy Putrynski known as digital compositor
  • Niral Rajani known as visual effects artist
  • Dean Richichi known as digital compositor
  • Daniel Riddle known as modeler & texture artist: luma pictures
  • Marcus Riquier known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Kazia Roach known as compositor
  • Andrew Robinson known as visual effects executive producer: Method Studios
  • James Robison known as crowds technical director: Iloura
  • James Rogers known as visual effects supervisor: Method Studios
  • Gal Roiter known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Thorsten Rolle known as matte painter: Method Studios
  • Simon Rosenthal known as head of visual effects: Iloura
  • Amita Sahgal known as character animator: Iloura
  • Jacob Santamaria known as character rigging td: luma pictures
  • Elsa Santos known as matte artist: Iloura
  • Quentin Sauvinet known as effects artist: Iloura
  • P. Kevin Scott known as character animator: Iloura
  • Pedro Seixas known as view-d compositor
  • Katysha Seng known as render wrangler: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Andrew Shanks known as compositor: method studios
  • Pippa Sheen known as visual effects production manager: Iloura
  • Evan Shipard known as digital matte painter: Cartel Artists
  • Payam Shohadai known as executive visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Josh Simmonds known as lead lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Jye Skinn known as character animator: Iloura
  • Daniel Skovli known as motion capture supervisor: Deakin University
  • Karen Smith known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Adrea Snow known as IT assistant: Iloura (as Robert Totonjian)
  • Adrea Snow known as systems administrator: Luma Pictures
  • Bernardo Andrea Spadafora known as lighting artist
  • Angela Stanley known as compositor: Iloura
  • Jon Stanley known as lead systems administrator: Iloura
  • Marc Stephen known as render wrangler: Iloura
  • Jonathon Sumner known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Francesco Surace known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Rangi Sutton known as visual effects supervisor
  • Danny Gordon Taylor known as character animator: Iloura
  • Katrina Taylor known as view-d editor
  • Lewis Taylor known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Otto Thorbjørnsen known as digital compositor: Iloura
  • Kim Tobin known as compositor: Iloura
  • Elena Topouzoglou known as compositor: Iloura
  • Nicholas Tripodi known as animation supervisor: Iloura
  • Tom van Dop known as digital compositor
  • Randy Vellacott known as lead compositor: Cutting Edge
  • Kim Vincs known as motion capture producer: Deakin University
  • Jordan Walsh known as senior effects artist: Iloura
  • Adrian Watkins known as lead matchmove: Iloura
  • Matt Weaver known as animator: Iloura
  • Peter Webb known as compositor: Iloura
  • Ben Weller known as modeler: Iloura
  • Ben Weller known as texture artist: Iloura
  • Alexander Whyte known as effects artist: Iloura
  • Alexander Whyte known as tracking and matchmove: Iloura
  • Tom Wild known as head of production: Iloura
  • Martin Wiseman known as visual effects producer: Iloura
  • Drew Wood-Davies known as lighting technical director: Iloura
  • Malcolm Wright known as crowds technical director: Iloura
  • Pip Wright known as production coordinator: Iloura
  • Kenny Yeh known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Kenny Yong known as matchmove artist: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Alyssa Zarate known as matte painter
  • Tony Zhang known as stereoscopic paint artist
  • Kaspar Zwirner known as compositor: Iloura
  • Yung Lee known as pre-visual effects (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout



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  1. funkhouser10 from United States
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Let's talk plainly here… A poodle could of seen this trailer andautomatically knew this wasn't going to be Hollywood masterpiece. Ifyou saw the trailer and then still bought a ticket, then you don't haveanything to complain about if you hated this film. This movie is aboutGargoyles, Demons and Frankenstein!!! I doubt the best movie minds ofall time could of turned this plot into a well made movie. It's SCIENCEFICTION people, not every film can get an 8.0 on IMDb.

    With all that being said, I have to honestly say that I enjoyed thismovie. Maybe I enjoyed it because I didn't go into it with highexpectations. Yes, the plot was OOOVEEERLY simple, but it did havepretty good special effects and there was plenty of action sequences.Also, I'm a fan of Eckhart, Nighy and Jai Courtney. I would love to gointo detail and use all type of specific film lingo to review thismovie, but I would be wasting your time. If you want to escape realityfor an hour or two and your a true sci-fi fan, I recommend this flick.If your looking for a movie with Oscar potential, you should sit thisone out.

  2. didonatope
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    To say that "I, Frankentein" was a waste of time would be anunderstatement. Much like "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "I,Frankenstein tries to re-invent a classic tale for the action audiencewith little success. Though to be fair, "Witch Hunters" at least hadsome moments of memorable silliness and creative set pieces. "I,Frankenstein" has neither, nor does it present its audience with decentwriting or memorable thrills.

    The plot itself is a mangled-up mess and a failed attempt to re-inventMary Shelly's classic character. In this film, Frankenstein's monster(played by the seemingly disinterested Aaron Eckhart) somehow getsinvolved in an ongoing battle with demons and gargoyles after theevents of the classic story. Everything from his backstory to themotivations of the demons and gargoyles is told in rushed expositionand gives absolutely no time for the audience to care about any of thecharacters. It doesn't help that the editing and pacing is extremelychoppy, often skipping hours and years into the future with noreasonable transition.

    In the span of what feels like five minutes, the film tellsFrankenstein's backstory, introduces the demons and gargoyles, explainstheir ongoing war, shows a training montage of Frankenstein learning touse the gargoyle's weapons, and suddenly cuts from the 18th century topresent day. Nearly all of this is done in cheap narrated expositionand it kills the possibility of the audience getting attached to thecharacters.

    Now, I'm sure many people can overlook a lackluster script if a moviehas "good action." Unfortunately, this movie fails in this departmenttoo. All of the fight scenes are bland and dull with redundant, badlyexecuted CGI. Perhaps the most frustrating example of this is thatevery time a demon is killed on screen, it turns into a swirlingfireball. This effect looked cool for about a minute and it quickly gotstale, especially when the demons are dying left and right and theeffects start to look like they've been copied and pasted.

    The PG-13 rating also takes away the possibility of even a little goreto entertain the horror buffs. This is especially a shame because thereare some very sleek and polished weapon designs that look like theycould have been used for some good ole hack-and-slash fun.

    Little effort seems to have been put into this film, and even abig-time star like Aaron Eckhart can't elevate the material. Here heseems dazed and bored, almost as if this film was just a project towaste some time. In fact, none of the actors seem interested, and withthe exception of maybe two awkward line readings, there is nothing tolaugh at either.

    Like many films released in January, "I, Frankenstein," comes across asfiller and it is not even worth a view on Netflix streaming. Betweenthe poor script, the dull characters and the bad effects, there is nextto nothing here worth enjoying. After watching this, I actuallyappreciated "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" more; at least it hadsome effort put in it.

  3. moviexclusive from Singapore
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Where before it was vampires versus werewolves, it is the battle of thegargoyles and demons that takes centrestage in the fantasy actionthriller 'I, Frankenstein'. Based on the Darkstorm Studios graphicnovel by one of the creators of 'Underworld', it tells of its titularcharacter's struggle between good and evil in the midst of an all-out,centuries old war among two immortal clans of superhuman creatures. Butas exciting as that may sound, you'll quickly find that the burden of'Underworld' hangs too heavily like an anchor around its neck.

    Indeed, you had better take the tagline at the top of the poster whichreads 'from the producers of 'Underworld'' seriously. Too faint-heartedto mess with a formula that has worked for four films now, the sameteam of producers and 'Underworld' co-creator Kevin Grevioux havesimply applied the same to their unabashed attempt at replicating itssuccess. And that is precisely what co-writer and director StuartBeattie has done in his sophomore feature film, which plays like anequally dark but less sexy clone of the decade-old franchise.

    Like 'Underworld', the lead protagonist finds himself an outsidercaught between two warring factions. Whereas Selene was a human turnedvampire who found herself falling in love with a Lycan (or werewolf inshort), Adam (Aaron Eckhart) is here a monstrosity borne fromFrankenstein's laboratory who finds himself wanted by both thegargoyles and the demons. A freak of nature not of Nature's making,Adam is also thought to be soulless, and therefore a perfect livingexample of the 'walking dead' whom the demons hope to create bysummoning the souls of the damned to inhabit the walking warm bodies onEarth.

    By virtue of being an outsider, either protagonist soon realises thathe or she can trust neither side. While Selene discovers the ones whokilled her family were in fact her own coven of vampires she now callsfamily, Adam is during the course of the movie betrayed by Gideon (JaiCourtney), the leader of the gargoyle army, and no less than Leonore(Miranda Otto) herself, the angel whom Gideon and his army protect andwhom serves as their spiritual link with God. Indeed, both narrativesunfold such that their lead protagonist finds himself or herselfisolated on either side and is therefore forced to be his or her ownbest guardian.

    That personal battle also has to take place against a much largercanvas in which one side is plotting an ambitiously nefarious plan toonce and for all wipe out the other side. In 'Underworld', it is theLycans who plan to use a human to wipe out the Vampire Elders; while in'I, Frankenstein', it is Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) who intends touse Adam himself as a specimen to bring to life an army of corpses tooverrun the gargoyles and thereafter exterminate the human race. Is itany surprise that our protagonist will eventually choose to be on theside of good, rather than a blind follower of either faction?

    Even if these similarities don't quite register by virtue of the factthat either movie did not have a compelling story to begin with,there's no escaping that the art design of 'Underworld' and 'I,Frankenstein' are strikingly similar. For one, both unfold largelyagainst dim and grim surroundings of moonlight and shadows. Foranother, there is a distinctive choice to ensure that the entire movieis cast in shades of black, grey and otherwise very dull colours. Yes,there's no escaping the self-seriousness of 'Underworld' or 'I,Frankenstein', which approach their apocalyptic doomsday scenarios withthe utmost solemnity.

    And yet, their mode of storytelling is first and foremost to ensure anendless stream of VFX-heavy action sequences clearly intended at anattention-deficit audience. More so than Beattie's repertoire of summerblockbusters (think 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'G.I. Joe: The Riseof Cobra'), this clearly eschews plot and character moments overgargoyle-versus-demon action, so don't go in expecting anything more.That being said, it also sees Beattie going bigger than he's ever beenwith the setpieces, and some of them – such as a daring raid ongargoyle soil by an army of demons – are quite a visual spectacle tobehold, particularly in the contrasting use of light and fire whenevera gargoyle or demon is killed.

    As is to be expected then, none of the roles call for much from theirrespective actors – except maybe for Eckhart to look the most buffwe've ever recall seeing him been on the screen. Bill Nighy shouldcertainly know – he who plays the chief villain here was also the keybaddie in 'Underworld: Evolution'. Certainly, he should be distinctlyaware of the intention to recreate the success of the 'Underworld'movies by essentially rehashing the same formula with a different setof monsters. You'll be advised too to toss aside what preconceptionsyou may have based on Mary Shelley's novel or even Boris Karloff'smonosyllabic screen icon; this 'I, Frankenstein' is more 'I,Underworld' than anything else

  4. 3xHCCH from Quezon City, Philippines
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    "I, Frankenstein" is set in 1793, after Victor Frankenstein dies whilegoing after the very monster of his creation who killed Mrs.Frankenstein in a fit of passionate rage.

    The Frankenstein monster's (Adam Eckhart) unique state of being aninvincible being without a soul makes him target for the Demons andtheir leader Naberius, who plans to conquer the world with morereanimated demonic humans.

    On the other hand, the demons' nemeses, the Gargoyles, under theirQueen Leonore (Miranda Otto), aim to foil this diabolical plan of worlddomination by protecting Frankenstein's monster, whom she has baptizedwith the name Adam, and Frankenstein's journal where he wrote thereanimation process in great detail.

    200 years later, in the present time, Naberius, in his human formCharles Wessex (Bill Nighy), employs renowned humanelectro-physiologist Dr. Terra Ward (Yvonne Strahovski), to assist himin carrying out his nefarious scheme.

    So this graphic novel turned film is another one of those fantasieswhere good creatures battle with evil creatures who are out to controlthe world. This novel's author Kevin Grevioux also writes the script ofthis one. You can expect similarities with "Underworld" which was alsoby Grevioux. Grevioux himself appears as the burly head of security inthe film.

    The Demons are obviously evil the way they looked. The Gargoyles maylook good in their usual form, but when they are in their winged form,they turn into stone-faced flying, well, gargoyles. It is just strangeand atypical that supposedly good beings will take on an ugly look.

    Aaron Eckhart and his characteristic strong cleft chin makes a goodstoic Adam. He did not have to express a whole lot of emotion exceptangst and rage. He does not really look like the grotesque monster ashow Robert de Niro was made up to look in Kenneth Branagh's"Frankenstein" film based on Mary Shelley's book. Eckhart's "monster"is just a very buff guy with long scars over his face and body.

    Bill Nighy does not do anything spectacular as Wessex, just the typicalBritish bad guy. His Demon form is not really as grandly demonic as youwould expect. His minions had stronger demon forms than him.

    Miranda Otto plays the regal Leonore as well as she could, though herrole does not really demand too much of her. The young, beautiful andsvelte Yvonne Strahovski would not really be the way you'd imagine "aneminent electro-physiologist" to look like. But hey, this is a graphicnovel, so fan boys need a pretty face to make them happy.

    Overall, this is just one shallow, popcorn flick. It may beentertaining for those who do not expect too much. I did enjoy the"arnis"-inspired fight between Adam and a demon. That was the bestfight sequence in the whole film.

    Its messages of sacred duty, higher purpose and good vs. evil, withcommon-looking CGI effects, may have already been seen too many timesin various dark fantasy films in recent years. The way they ended thisfilm, it seems to be hoping for a sequel. I am not sure it will getone.

  5. drjgardner from California
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I, Frankenstein (2014) is a sad excuse for a Frankenstein film, andthis genre, the Frankenstein films, have seen more than their fairshare of bad films. The James Whale 1931 and 1935 versions remain thebest, with a nod to the comedic versions (Young Frankenstein, andAbbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein) and perhaps the 1942 "Son of"which had a great performance by Lionel Atwill as the Inspector withthe wooden arm.

    This latest travesty has almost nothing to do with Frankenstein per se.Aaron Eckhart is hardly the hulking figure, and we are missing the joysof an Igor or a Baron. Instead, this one is more like "Frankenstein vsthe Creature from Blood Cove" (2005) or "Frankenstein Meets the SpaceMonster" (1965). The creature, in a very modified manner (smaller,talking, with existential questions no less) is the lynch pin in a warbetween demons and angels. There are some nice special effects alongthe way, especially with the gargoyles, which is what earns this film a3 instead of a 2 or less. It's always good to see Bill Nighy (bestknown as Viktor in the "Underworld" series, but also for "The ConstantGardener" and "Love Actually" among others) and nice to see YvonneStrahovski making the transition from her TV series ("Chuck" and"Dexter").

    But Frankenstein fans beware. This one will disappoint.

  6. shawneofthedead from http://shawneofthedead.wordpress.com/
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    There's something to be said for big, dumb blockbusters featuringimmortal creatures of the undead, gargoyles, demons and a whole lot ofCGI. That's especially true now, during awards season, when the cinemasare otherwise crowded with Important Movies that might be worthy butdifficult to watch. I, Frankenstein even lurches into cineplexes with abit more credibility than is typically attached to C-grade movies:usually reliable character actors Aaron Eckhart, Miranda Otto and BillNighy have signed on to rain hellfire (or something) down on oneanother. It's a shame, then, that the overly dour film wastes ratherthan benefits from their talents.

    Forced into a shambling semblance of life, Victor Frankenstein's dark,brooding creation (Eckhart) stalks bitterly through the centuries. He'shunted mercilessly by the forces of evil – flame-streaked demons led bythe nefarious Prince Naberius (Nighy). On the side of good are thegargoyles, a peaceable clan who enjoy the blessing of the heavens andare led by the beautiful Queen Leonore (Otto). Bequeathed the name ofAdam by Leonore, Frankenstein's creature soon discovers that he is thefactor that could tip the scales in the immortal battle between thedemons and the gargoyles.

    I, Frankenstein is entirely too grim for its own good. Kevin Grevioux'sscreenplay, adapted from his graphic novel of the same title, marchesforward in workmanlike fashion. Plot 'twists' can be seen coming frommiles away – see the sassy blonde scientist (Yvonne Strahovski)directed to investigate Adam's origins grow increasingly fascinatedwith her science project! There are precious few shades of complexityto be found in the film, the characters never really breaking free oftheir archetypes – beyond the fact that the good guys morph into huge,stony, winged gargoyles that aren't particularly pleasing to the eye.Fiery explosions and bone-crunching battles abound, but they neveramount to very much in emotional terms.

    The unexpectedly good cast liven things up a little, though not byenough to drag I, Frankenstein out of the doldrums. Eckhart stormsstoically through the film, a singular grave expression carved into hisfeatures like so much rigor mortis. Nighy seems to be having fun evenwhile phoning in his performance. As for Otto and Strahovski, bothactresses are competent but largely colourless in their roles.

    Genre flicks like this one don't usually have to check a lot of boxesto be fun nights out at the cinema. The Underworld franchise – from thesame producers – proved just that, spinning its surprisingly rich taleinto four films that haven't been critically successful but havenevertheless cultivated their own fans. On the strength (or lackthereof) of the gloomy, predictable I, Frankenstein, it seems unlikelythat it will kickstart a new franchise in quite the same way.

  7. mwltrz-743-56021
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I, Frankenstein is a January monster movie starring Aaron Eckhart inthe classic role of Frankenstein's monster. Did you really expect amasterpiece?

    I, Frankenstein is not a total mess. The film does contain someimpressive special effects, as well as cast of reasonably well-knownactors that help the audience to trudge through the incrediblypredictable and uninteresting story. The events of the classicFrankenstein novel are hashed out in less than a minute, asFrankenstein's monster encounters a group of demons, followed by agroup of gargoyles, neither of which seem to have any motivation forwhat they're doing. He's given the name, "Adam", wanders the world for200 years (which passes in 2 minutes of movie time) and finds himselfin the middle of the gargoyle-demon war in modern times.

    The story that follows is one fueled by terrible pacing, unclearcharacter motivations, and dry dialogue. The fast paced introduction tothe film leaves little time to invest in any of the characters, andeven Adam's motivation throughout the film is incredibly unclear. It isdifficult to invest in a character who doesn't have a soul.

    If you're a fan of the Underworld series, and can appreciate goodspecial effects, you may find some enjoyment with this one. Otherwise,I would pass.

  8. SebastienPatenaude from Canada
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I must admit that I enjoyed watching this supernatural action flickheavy on CGI effects despite its flaws. I wondered why afterwards.First, it seemed to follow from the book events and made a good pointthat the creature is not actually called Frankenstein. However, the"creature" itself, played by a strong Aaron Eckhart (HarveyDent/Two-Face in Dark Knight) did not look like any previousincarnation. Mostly, it looked like a normal-sized, muscular, evenhandsome man with scars, not like a tall, grotesque, patchwork of a manas it should have been. So, the film following this trend of making"monsters" sexy bugged me, but the performance of Eckhart won me over.He might not have emoted much, as befitted the character who didn'tlearn how, but he certainly had the charisma and gravitas necessary. Hedidn't look the part but he acted the haunted, grim part very well.

    So, the story starts not long after the end of the Frankenstein book byMary Shelley at the end of the 18th century (1795). While burying hiscreator, Frankenstein, he find himself attacked by "evil" demons (wholook like men, but with demonic faces sometimes) and rescued by, of allthings, "good" gargoyles (who look human except when they're CGIgargoyles). The creature is brought to the gargoyle leader and quicklygiven a name, Adam. He's made an offer to join them in a secret waragainst the demons over humanity's fate. He declines and lives the next200 years alone (would have been nice to see, but glossed over in a fewminutes), defending against demons. Cue modern day, where his presenceis revealed once more to the demons who are trying to bring back lifeto dead bodies for their own purposes.

    So, instead of the overbooked vampires and werewolves, we have demonsagainst gargoyles, plus Frankenstein's creature thrown in to act aswild card. I, for one, found that refreshing. However, the demonslooked and acted like standard evil vampires, except when you saw theirred eyes or their faces reverting to demonic. Except for theirsophisticated leader, they were quite underwhelming and even boringfrom lack of personality. The gargoyles fared a little better,switching from medieval-looking, grey-tunic-wearing human warriors tobig, winged stone gargoyles like you see on some old churches. Theywere supposed to be good (angels in disguise), but I liked theirambiguity. I didn't initially care for their obvious CGI looks, butthey eventually grew on me, and who knows what animated gargoyles mightlook like anyway.

    Foremost, this is an action flick, not really drama or horror, so itdoesn't delve much on the inner psychological turmoils of Adam or hiseveryday "normal" life, nor does it try to scare or gross you out.However, the somber, tormented portrayal by Aaron Eckhart (mostly withhis face and eyes) made him an interesting anti-hero. The action itselfwas peculiar. There were cool set pieces where tons of demons foughtgargoyles around a very impressive-looking Gothic church. It had anepic feel to it, it was quite exciting, but you seemed distanced fromthe action because it cut things fast and the camera often pulled back.Also, there was a particular vibe as the numerous, weak demons weremostly slaughtered by the fewer, powerful flying gargoyles. It wasusually one blow, one kill. On the other hand, you had one-on-onefights involving Adam that were very good for the most part. There werestill quick cuts, but it wasn't abusive, sometimes lingering a bit onan angle, making for more involving and easier-to-follow battles. Themusical soundtrack was better than expected with epic-soundingclassical music and dramatic choruses.

    Storywise, I found the concept interesting, the demons' motivation madesense, and it didn't hinder my enjoyment with too much obviousstupidity, except a few places where I thought things were just tooconvenient (like no civilians in the streets or the "secret" base ofthe demons being so close to the church of the gargoyles). The dialogueseemed awkward or cliché at times, but it was said with such sinceritythat it passed through anyway except for a few chuckles from theaudience. I liked watching the film, but I don't think I would havewanted to pay full price for it in theatres though. It was like asummer blockbuster but in the middle of the winter.

    Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (Good)

  9. Matheus Cardoso Martins (matheus_cardoso_martins) from Brazil
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    A film based on one of the most famous horror stories ever created,which is based on a human being created from corpses, whose give lifeto a monster without divine grace. Seeking answers about his creationand his aspects that differentiate it from a human being, in the middleof a battle between demons and gargoyles.

    Despite having a base for a rich script, the movie falls by shallowstory and by visual effects of low quality, almost always seen in blotsof light by the rise and demise of gargoyles and demons.

    The story forgets the protagonist and directs attention to the battlewaged for centuries between angels and demons, becoming irrelevant toFrankenstein and also to the public. The development of both stories issuperficial and that is where the movie falls apart.

    As if that were not enough, the acting is also one of the weaknesses inthe film, whereas the characters fail by excess expressions. AaronEckhart delivers one of his worst works, with expensive and unnecessarylooks, as almost all other actors.

    The relationship between Frankenstein, gargoyles, demons and humansmakes the viewer laughs, due to lack of consistency of all. Does not ahuman get unimpressed to discover "supernatural" creatures?Frankenstein falls in love with a human? A soldier would risk the livesof an entire army and humanity to save a single leader? Yes, all thishappens naturally in "I, Frankenstein".

    The cinematography, although at first it is a bit puzzling, keeping thesame dark color gamut with flashes of lights during battles, it becomescloying and low quality visual effects do not contribute to a good 3D.With depth and immersion, 3D is one of the few positive points of thefilm.

    Thus, Stuart Beattie, director and writer, gives us one of the worstmovies of this year, where neither the effects nor the actors and muchless script honor the legend of Frankenstein.

  10. helmutty from Singapore
    28 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    With a miserable 5% on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems like I, Frankensteinis one of the worst movies in 2014 and it is only January. The abysmalrating made me lower my expectations and surprisingly it is a solidentertainment. Sure, it doesn't impress on any level but for a Januarymovie, it is an entertaining one.

    The story: The story is as generic as a Direct-To-DVD movie can be. TheFrankenstein's Monster, Adam, is caught in a battle between Gargoylesand Demons. Many decent action and 'dramatic' scenes are squeezed intothe brief runtime of 1 hour 32 minutes. Thankfully the pace movesbriskly without becoming boring. However, the short runtime also posessome problems such skimping on characters' development. But it isexpected as this is a mindless action movie which relies more on actionand CGI than story and characters' development. Acting wise is okay,nobody impresses. Bill Nighy is playing his usual self as a villain.Aaron Eckhart has nothing much to emote as an emotionless monsterexpect fighting and showing off his body. The rest didn't particularlystand out. Music is surprisingly good and fits the tone of the movie.

    3D: For a post-converted 3D movie, it looks good. There is a good depthbetween characters and backgrounds. It is also effective when it comesto action scenes especially the flying of Gargoyles and the bursting ofthe demons.

    Overall: It is obvious that I, Frankenstein tries to follow the successof the Underworld movies. On its own merits, it provides anentertaining watch with decent special effects and action. I guess itcould do better if it is released straight to DVD. It may not be greatbut for a January movie, it is a decent watch with decent 3D.

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