I, Frankenstein Movie Review
I, Frankenstein is what happens when you take Underworld and replace Kate Beckinsale and her tight leather outfit with Aaron Eckhart. Featuring an almost identical story to the popular Underworld movies—and sharing producers—I, Frankenstein is a chaotic and unoriginal action flick that nonetheless offers two positives:
- Aaron Eckhart does not wear a tight leather outfit.
- The movie is not nearly as bad as the trailers made it out to be.
I, Frankenstein is still a bad movie, but for those looking for truly mindless gothic action-horror, it might be enough. The movie has plenty of action, lots of gargoyles and demons, and Bill Nighy.
Eckhart tries his hardest even though he clearly signed onto the movie because he was either paid a lot of money or was blackmailed into doing it; unfortunately, his character is so boring, flat and not Kate Beckinsale it doesn't matter. Yvonne Strahovski is decent, but she isn't given a lot to do. The rest of the cast is equally underutilized.
As for the visual effects, they serve their purpose. They aren't particularly good and both the gargoyles and demons look more cartoonish than frightening, but they are the least of the movie's problems—namely, I, Frankenstein is such a blatant rip-off of Underworld it is embarrassing. And even worse, as silly as it is, Underworld has a much better plot, more interesting characters, better visual effects and superior action.
In other words, I, Frankenstein is inferior in every way.
The indiscriminate moviegoer who simply wants to watch gargoyles, demons and an uninspired version of Frankenstein punch and stab each other for an hour and a half may enjoy I, Frankenstein, but anyone looking for something even slightly intelligible should seek entertainment elsewhere.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.