‘Bring me Frankenstein’s Monster,’ bellows Bill Nighy’s demon-prince, Naberious, dispatching his underlings after scientist Victor Frankenstein’s creation in a quest to discover the secret of his existence.
With more lines like that, comic-book horror flick I, Frankenstein might have been campy fun. As it is, too much of the film’s dialogue falls into turgid exposition as characters strive to explain how Aaron Eckhart’s long-lived and surprisingly handsome Monster has become caught in the middle of a modern-day supernatural war being waged between demons and gargoyles.
Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, but it’s hard to work up much excitement for the routine CGI-boosted battles between good and evil forces, or for the Monster’s less than sparky rapport with the lissome blonde scientist, played by Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter, 24: Live Another Day), who wants to get her hands on his body.
Certificate 12. Runtime 89 mins. Director Stuart Beattie.
Released on Blu-ray and DVD by Entertainment in Video.
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