I, Frankenstein

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Lifeless update of classic with lots of fantasy violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie has a muddled message about teamwork, where the main character must choose which side to fight with during a war, but in the end, he appears to have become a lone wolf again.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No real role models here; the characters are either dumb, mean, monosyllabic, selfish, or deluded.

Violence

The movie features constant fantasy fighting. The hero uses two heavy sticks to beat up bad guys. Various blades are also used. When villains are dispatched, they simply turn into fire and disappear. When the good guys are dispatched, they turn into blue light and ascend into the sky. The main character is wounded and the female lead stitches up a cut on his back. Only a little blood is ever shown. There's a slightly disturbing lab experiment where characters attempt to resurrect a dead rat. A giant cavern is shown, filled with dead bodies hanging on hooks, all waiting to be resurrected.

Sex

The main character is shown shirtless, emphasizing his sculpted arms, chest, and abs. Some of the female characters are dressed in sexy outfits.

Language

There's one use of "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I, Frankenstein is an action/sci-fi movie, based on a comic book, that recasts the famous monster as a new kind of superhero, with super-speed and strength, and immortality. Most of the movie consists of fantasy fighting, with blades and martial arts weapons. When defeated, characters disappear into fire and light, with very little blood; the main character sustains one minor, bleeding wound so that the female character can dress it. The sculpted, chiseled main character is shown shirtless in one scene, and female characters wear somewhat sexy outfits, but otherwise sex is not an issue.

User Reviews

Written byAnonymous September 1, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byAVTRlover 4 January 30, 2014

I, Frankenstein

This movie's only problems, content-wise, were almost constant fantasy violence (very unrealistic) and some mild profanity, but story-wise, it is filled wi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIan_hga116 April 10, 2014

Violent movie breathes life into classic character

I, Frankenstein is an awesome movie, expect frequent violence,

What's the story?

In 1795, after creating his famous monster, Victor Frankenstein tries to destroy his creation. But the monster (Aaron Eckhart) lives, only to be attacked by demons and subsequently rescued by gargoyles. The gargoyle queen, Leonore (Miranda Otto) offers him sanctuary and takes Victor's journal to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Two hundred years later, the monster -- now called "Adam" -- returns to try and destroy the prince of the demons, Naberius (Bill Nighy). Naberius dreams of using Victor's methods to create an army of resurrected monsters to take over the world, and he's using a naïve human scientist, Terra (Yvonne Strahovski), to help. Will Adam choose the right path before it's too late?

Is it any good?

Aaron Eckhart has given good performances in the past, but he seems lost as the Frankenstein monster; he can only look hurt and angry throughout the entire movie. His super powers make him mostly unstoppable, and therefore uninteresting. When he forms a friendship with Terra, he mainly looks confused. The fight scenes are numbingly repetitive, and the movie itself eventually feels dead, like no one even tried. However, the costumes and sets are fairly impressive.

Stuart Beattie directs this adaptation of Kevin Grevioux's comic book, and even though Beattie is best known as a screenwriter (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral, etc.), he makes the rookie mistake of focusing more on production design and action than on writing or characters. In fact, what's actually there borders on ridiculous; the bad guy's plan makes no sense, and his use of a human scientist makes even less sense.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What's the difference between fantasy violence and realistic violence? Does it affect how you feel while watching?

  • How does the movie compare with the original Frankenstein story and its themes? Does man have the right to create life?

  • Is the monster a hero in this movie? How are we supposed to feel about him?

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