I, Frankenstein

5.11 h 32 min2014X-RayPG-13
Two hundred years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.
Stuart Beattie
Aaron EckhartBill NighyYvonne Strahovski
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Miranda OttoJai CourtneyKevin Grevioux
Tom RosenbergGary LucchesiRichard WrightAndrew MasonSidney Kimmel
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aaron Eckhardt's best performance ever.
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I loved this movie. Aaron Eckhardt was perfect in his portraysal of the evolution of the lonely, angry, unloved, and soulless "monster" to a man with a soul, compassion for others, and a purpose in life. The story was extremely well written and the cinematography was expertly used. One example of that was the scene where the mirrored cabinet door is closed to show the reflection of the bare chested Frankenstein. For me, it was a love story. The script, Aaron Eckhardt's performance, and the filming were ELEGANT. You really have to listen or you will miss key information like whether or not Adam has a soul. In terms of acting, just compare Adam in the scene where the gargoyle queen tries to brush the hair away from Adam's eyes, to the scene where Terra first begins to sew up the wound on Adam's back, to the scene where Abam turns to look at Terra after she tells him that a monster is only a monster if it acts like one. These are also examples of the use of closeup shots. Perhaps the most intriguing closeup was near the end of the movie when Adam reaches out to offer Terra his hand to help her get up from the floor where she is sitting. Her hesitation is notable. But, she ultimately puts her hand in his and he grasps it. Why was this scene filmed as a closeup of just hands? Because it is an elegant way to lead the viewer to speculate. My conclusion is that Adam has found his companion and that Terra realizes that that relationship will probably not always be platonic. If you read some negative reviews, I think you will find that elegance was wasted on a lot of viewers.
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Leo HottReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must Have for your horror section of your movie library!!!!!
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Outstanding movie with a cerebral spin off starting right where Mary Shelly left off !!! I am sure this is much more enjoyable for those into theology & philosophy asking the question of what man can do & weighing it against what man should do? Just on its surface its a thrill ride action adventure set in the horror genre & succeeds in entertaining with a lot of action & great cinematography with great use of color to set the mood. The acting is more than adequate to support the almost nonstop action. As far as character development it doesn't take long for the anti-hero Adam to endear his character to the audience. Angelic beings viewed as Gargoyles when in their armored battle mode is definitely not your typical visual of good guys fighting their demonic enemy's but it works well when you study why Gargoyles were placed on buildings. I don't want to get into to much detail & start giving away spoilers, so I will just say this is a excellent sequel to the updated " Mary Shelly's Frankenstein"!
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KenReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Twist to a classic story. Great action movie.
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I had never heard anything about this movie before watching it. I thought it was a good movie. There is a great amount of action. I appreciate that the director used both the good and the dark side of the main character, Adam/Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart). The back story to how Frankenstein came to be is brief but it doesn't have to be very detailed because most people already know the story of Frankenstein.

There are ties into a Christian beliefs, but they are very basic. The movie does a good job at distinguishing the roles of the gargoyles and the demons. I also appreciated that they didn't use a cross for their symbol. They used something similar but I found it nice not to have the cross thrown around all over the place.

I found that the sound track was very well chosen and help build the correct emotions in each part of the movie.

The only downside to this movie that I find, is that it is predictable and they try and tie in a weird love story that never really develops well.

Overall I give "I, Frankenstein" three stars because it was entertaining, a good action movie, and because it brought a good twist to the story of Frankenstein.
28 people found this helpful
J.J. LyonReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Let's talk about that.
First, I would rate the movie 4/5 stars, so due to the movie having less than 4 I had to compensate for it. But there are only 5 stars possible and it is a solid 4-star movie.
Second, I would like to publish a disclaimer that no angels were hurt during the making of this film.
Third, let's get to it. So I would let a 15 year-old watch this if they were mature. This will effect teens much less, psychologically, than any war movie including Max - I'm also a combat veteran (so if you are female, around 30, live in or would move to the Triad area of North Carolina, and Christian click my name and follow the contact info). The graphics were better than I thought they would be and I thoroughly enjoyed the angels in rock form. The movie is between Van Helsing and Dracula - some comments have said Batman (because of the actor... how original, doctors. Keep up the good research). Some negative comments were true, such as the movie was predictable. But, you can always, always, always predict a) the man will rescue the woman (because we all like romance); b) communication will not happen (but Navy SEALs and fashion bloggers always have great communication so why movie writers think characters should be stupid in communication is beyond me); and c) 95% of movies will be predictable because, did you know, there supposedly is science to movie making??? Yes, there is a science to normal nuerochemicals and apparently those who know the system watch too many movies and should work on getting to know your field of work just as proficient. The acting was 4/5 also, seeing as it's hard to act when half the movie is green screen. Script was 3.4/5. Some of the actors were also in Underworld (evidently the movie is saying that vampires and lychans are demons - pun intended, obviously). Click the "helpful" button below and follow me!!!

In conclusion, if you like Underworld, Van Helsing, Dracula, and the Covenant then you will really enjoy this movie, too.
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Celia TrimboliReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Entertaining action-adventure film with elements of horror. Gargoyles (sub-angels on the side of good and light) and demons (on the side of evil) have waged a war lasting centuries for the souls of humans and control of the world. Dr. Frankenstein's creation gets sucked into the fray because he has no soul and the demons can use him to bring the rest of their hordes from hell. He makes it his centuries-long life's work to descend these evil beings and prevent their plan. The story, based on a graphic novel (a comic book), is simple. That works in its favor because it spares us a convoluted story. The film seems to have an open ending, possibly for sequels. I don't think that will happen because I understand the film did not do well at the box office. Some things are not clear to me. What happens to Frankenstein's creation (called Adam) during the 200 years between his first and second meeting with the gargoyles. The film implies he had no other life or human interaction except the dispatching of demons. That's a looong time to be alone. Also whenever there is a battle between gargoyle and demons there is all kinds of conflagration. These incidents take place at night in the middle of a large (European?) city but NO ONE (humans) notices what is going on. And, the demons' headquarters is only a couple of long blocks away from the gargoyles stronghold (an immense cathedral), which is not very strong, and the gargoyles never have a clue until Adam leads them to it. Still the story is entertaining. The CG effects are sometimes good, sometimes so-so. The demon makeup is OK but not overly impressive. The gargoyle effects are also OK but not a wowser. Bill Nighy performance as the demon prince masquerading as a magnate businessman comes across as if he's done this a million times before. He was scarier as the vampire king in Underworld. The actors playing the gargoyles are very good, especially Miranda Otto as the gargoyle queen, and Jai Courtney as the gargoyle general is smoking hot. Look at those arms. The best is Aaron Eckart as Adam. He conveys the anguish and virtual hopelessness of a solitary creature with no hope of acceptance and companionship with only rage and violence to fill his life. The makeup is excellent. The scars, blurred but still highly visible, makes him stand out among humans. Happily the makeup did not involve a blockhead and bolts. That is so old hat. It also doesn't hurt that Eckart's intensity comes across as super sexy. What a build. Both he and Courtney are great eye candy for any women viewers. The ending leaves me somewhat puzzled. The gargoyle queen says Adam has found his higher purpose. What's that? Just eliminating demons? He's been doing that all along. Also, does he end up with the pretty doctor or not? The end suggests yes and no. Other than that the film is very entertaining, moves along at a brisk pace, and doesn't bore. The DVD I ordered is excellent quality. Highly recommended.
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SkylarkReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Despoils the legacy of Mary Shelley...
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Once you get past the shock of the ridiculous premise, you're left with a film that's highly derivative and entirely predictable... Gargoyles and demons battle for power on Earth, and the key to their power is,,, Frankenstein's monster??? Yes, the monster is among us still, but he's intelligent, fast, and super-strong. And he speaks in a constant Eastwood rasp--whisper that inexplicably can be heard even above deafening explosions. It's all-too-obvious that this production aspired to launch a franchise, a series of I Frankenstein films. Imagine Frankenstein's monster as Dark Knight-era Batman, toss in some Jackie Chan choreography, put Michael Bay in charge of pyrotechnics, add a fittingly bombastic music score and you've pretty much got the picture. If you rated this film over 2 stars, you're under 20 years old.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sacrificed a good story for a bunch of action scenes
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I, Frankenstein is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth. It’s told from the point of view of Frankenstein as a sentient being and his life after being created by Dr. Frankenstein. The story focuses upon demons attempting to claim Frankenstein so that they can create life and usurp God. They are opposed by gargoyles who work for the angels. While an interesting concept the war vs good and evil is overdone and simply used to justify an action movie rather than fully realized.

It’s apparent the makers of this film were looking to create an epic horror movie. There was a lot of money put into effects. There’s a huge battle at the end. The story is interesting. The problem is that it starts off well with the birth of Frankenstein and then skips to the present where the conflict is on going and the plot largely gets left for a bunch of action scenes. Those sequences are done well, but it just seems like they never developed the theme enough.
AUTISTICWEREWOLFReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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For me there was nothing not to like about I, Frankenstein. I watched I, Frankenstein first on Amazon Prime and was captivated by it so much I had to have a copy in my DVD collection. The story does not stray too far from the Shelly prime Frankenstein narrative. The suspension of belief once applied is never brought into question because, in this movie all the bits fit together in seamless story that is fun and engaging.

The ending is not one I saw coming but it made me very very happy. This was easily the most satisfying Frankenstein movie I've ever watched. I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys this type of story.
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