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January 31, 2014

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VALDOSTA — Movie Review: Based on characters from Kevin Grevioux’s Darkstorm Studios graphic novel and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,” think of this feature as a light version of “Underworld” (Director Len Wiseman, 2003), which also starred Nighy as the lead villain. “Underworld” featured lycanthropes and vampires battling very much like the gargoyles and demons at war in “I, Frankenstein.”

Adam (Eckhart) is the centuries-old laboratory creation of the scientist Victor Frankenstein. Adam finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between angel-sanctioned gargoyles and evil demons. While the gargoyles see Adam as an abomination, the demons see him as means to resurrect their fellow members from their fiery prison. Thus, a major battle ensues with both sides wanting Adam for different reasons.

A screenplay’s great feat is that it must create a setting and operate within that reality. This action sci-fi story breaks its own rules. The fight of gargoyles and demons is supposedly one fought in the shadows. Humans must not see them or their on-going war. Well, the demons look human until they reveal themselves, but the gargoyles leave their human form to fly around the city as stone gargoyles. In this fictional setting, this will not get any attention at all. Unless you are stoned, a rock-like being flying around the skies will garner attention.  

This film suffers other quirks, too. For one, the battle of good and evil appears worldly, but the film makes the battles appear confined to a particular area often. In addition, the unconvincing story in which the cast exists makes characters and performances minimal.  

Grade: D+ (Not I, Frankenstein.)

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