In Spite of the Fireworks, ‘I, Frankenstein’ Barely Sizzles

“I, Frankenstein” pulls from the original Mary Shelley story only during some opening scenes in the film. Instead, the action flick is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (“Underworld”). Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) is pulled into a war between angelic Gargoyles and hellish demons. The creature, christened Adam by the Gargoyle queen (Miranda Otto), refuses to take a side.

“I, Frankenstein” pulls from the original Mary Shelley story only during some opening scenes in the film. Instead, the action flick is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (“Underworld”). Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) is pulled into a war between angelic Gargoyles and hellish demons. The creature, christened Adam by the Gargoyle queen (Miranda Otto), refuses to take a side.

The film skips forward to the present day, when the war still rages on. The demons, led by Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy), are relying on modern technology to find the secrets of reanimating or reviving dead bodies. The premise results in a laughable segment in which electrophysiologist Terra (Yvonne Strahovski) zaps a rat with electricity. Eventually, Naberius lays his hands on Dr. Frankenstein’s journal and forces Terra to revive a lot of corpses that he has collected over the years. Why? The demons from Hell can take possession of these soulless bodies and wreak havoc. Adam/Frankenstein arrives at the lab to stop Naberius, bringing the gargoyles for a final melee.

“I, Frankenstein” suffers from having too much CGI and a poor plot. There is too much expository dialogue, making the film crawl for at least the first half despite the action scenes. The bursts of flame from the demons and the blue pillars of light from the demons are somewhat interesting but they fail to save the film from being merely a lackluster film.

“I, Frankenstein” seems poised to fail at the box office, not even breaking $10 million in its first weekend. Spend your evening at home and check out “Underworld” instead.

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