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I,Frankenstein (2014) Movie Review

I,Frankenstein (2014) Movie Review
I,Frankenstein (2014) Movie Review

I,Frankenstein (2014) Movie Review

Released : Jan. 24th, 2014

Reviewed : Feb.8th, 2014

Genre : Action

Film Length : 92 Minutes

 

I, Frankenstein is the newest film based off a comic book to hit the big screen but does it work well enough to cement its place or does it fall short?

We start out at the end of the Frankenstein novel before being quickly thrown into this new story involving a war between demons and gargoyles. During the first few minutes of the film is when the majority of the films premise is set into place. They jam as much into it as possible during the time. Then we are quickly shown a montage of Frankenstein (who is later given the name Adam based off the 1818 book) of him training throughout the times before quickly going to modern day. Times are just thrown by too fast without much explaining or showing of Frankensteins growth and learning.

Aaron Eckhart (as Frankenstein / Adam) does the best he could do with the role. He takes the old thought of Frankenstein as a big brooding monster and instead turns him into average size muscular being. While his acting is rather bland and lifeless he at least is able to portray the new Frankenstein well even if they are trying to just turn him into a action hero. Bill Nighy (as usual) plays Naberius the lead demon. His does a solid role for this as it basically the same role he plays in most films like these. Jai Courtney as Gideon the lead protector for the Gargoyles does decent in his role as well. He has the look and feel for action scenes and I can see him doing well in supporting roles of his nature down the line. Writer/Director Stuart Beattie does a decent job directing this but most other characters are forgettable or play little to no role overall.

I,Frankenstein (2014)
I,Frankenstein (2014)

Thankfully the atmosphere for the film works taking cues from similar movies franchises like Underworld and Blade. The environment, look, and feel the movie pays homage with a dark Gothic horror aspect while adding that feeling of doom and dread with it. We can’t talk without mentioning the action scenes. With a PG-13 rating you can’t expect any blood or graphic dismemberment to go own instead routing for what the film Blade did with having the dead wither away with some cool special effects going with it. Each action scene feels different with most having large scales battles with it. Adam and the Gargoyles have cool and interesting weapons that would have been nice to see more in action too.

Overall while the film has it’s low points in story and didn’t do that well in theaters to expect a sequel or anything from it, it does exceed in some aspects. With good action scenes and atmosphere it will certainly keep you entertained. Worth a rental and view.

 

Score :

6/10

 

 

RIPD (2013) Movie Review

RIPD (2013) Movie Review
RIPD (2013) Movie Review

RIPD (2013) Movie Review

Released : July 19th, 2013

Reviewed : July 24th, 2013

Genre : Action / Sci-Fi

Story (from IMDB) : A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

 

Review :

 

RIPD is a film with so much potential which will sadly go down as the biggest flop for a comic book movie all year as well as a flop overall.

The story revolves around Nick who after getting killed during a police raid is recruited by the RIPD (Rest In Peace Department) to help them rid the earth of the deados that roam in with the living. Once Nick joins the force he meets his rough veteran partner Roy and are soon in the middle of a case trying to figure out why Nick was killed while also helping stop the destruction of the world. It never gets too deep or complicated storywise and pretty much makes it where you can expect what is going to happen next. Thankfully the pace moves at a steady pace and is never too slow.

Unfortunately what almost kills the movie is the writing. There is so much banter, one liners, and jokes that are attempted but rarely go through. Occasionally there will be a joke that is funny but for the most part what you end getting is jokes that ultimately don’t deliver.

Action wise the film does a entertaining job with some decent special effects. The deados look okay but most of them don’t look like anything you haven’t seen before. You have one that is fat, ones with cracks, ones with tentacles, etc. They explode into colored air and that’s it for them. As with any action movie you have the car chases and foot chases thrown in for good mix. The car chase isn’t the best seen but in a generic movie like this it is at least watchable.

With the bad writing though the big loss is the cast. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges have good on screen chemistry and given a decent script could have been better. Reynolds is playing the same role as the straight talking guy while Jeff Bridges playing the crazy veteran cop with a life back in the old time west. Mary-Louise Parker plays the recruiter / boss to Nick and Roy. While her character has a dry sense of humor that often works I feel like her character never did much and was sometimes used too much or not enough. They also tried tacking on more story to her that ultimately did little to nothing for the story overall. Kevin Bacon though as always is great. He can play a dirty cop to a perfection, again though if given better writing it would of been much better for him.

Overall we end up with a story that does enough to push forward, generic action, a good cast, but horrible writing. Maybe down they line they will reboot this series and try again because what we end up with a below average comic book / action / sci-fi film. It you truly want to see it wait till it comes out on DVD.

 

Score :

4/10