By Amazonitalian (Straya)
I, Frankenstein is a gripping story that takes place about two hundred years in the Frankenstein monster’s future. He finds out his tortured life isn’t the only thing at stake. This well written script by Kevin Grevioux explores the human need to find one’s purpose and once discovered… does one accept it? Aaron Eckhart delivers a phenomenal performance as the monster, looking very different than how we recall the Frankenstein monster. His stitches are long gone, as are the bolts in the neck and the flattened head. The scars that remain aren’t as terrible as the intensity of Eckhart’s intimidating blue eyes when they convey the true damage. He is found by the evil faction when he returns to the grave of his creator, Victor Frankenstein, to retrieve his journal.
The antagonist, played by Bill Nighy, is the deliciously evil character Wessex who, under the guise of research science, is reanimating corpses, but he needs Victor Frankenstein’s monster or his journal to complete the animation process. He secretly has an entire army of corpses ready to be reanimated under his control to take over the world.
This draws the attention of the good faction who seeks to destroy the soulless monster and hide anything his creator wrote and secretly protect humanity. Their queen, Leonore, played by Miranda Otto, has him captured and brought before her. She is touched by his potential and names him Adam, but seeks to imprison him for past crimes. Wessex takes this opportunity to launch an attack on the Gothic cathedral/fortress in order to capture Adam and kill several of Leonore’s men.
The CGI was amazingly seamless, usually the special effects look hokey or thrown in as an afterthought, but this was definitely the best use of CGI I’ve seen in years. Stuart Beattie does an excellent job directing the cast, bringing out Eckhart’s intensity, Nighy’s wonderful ability to make the bad guy seem perfectly reasonable and Otto’s huge eyes capable of conveying so much in one glance. Kevin Grevioux has a small part as Wessex’s bodyguard… which ends badly; he must have quite a sense of humor about himself to write such an ignominious end for his character. (Thank you, Kevin, for writing I, Frankenstein and the Underworld movies.)
Wessex has two brilliant, but mortal, scientists working for him who reanimate a rat with spectacular looking equipment reminiscent of a new version of the Tesla coil used in the black and white movie Frankenstein. They unwittingly help Wessex create his army of undead after they figure out how to reanimate them. Adam tries to unravel their plan by rescuing the lady scientist. Queen Leonore and her men attack Wessex’s stronghold to destroy the army of undead. The resulting showdown at the end between Adam and Wessex is brilliantly executed by Beattie.
Mary Shelley would be proud.