A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
No real role models here; the characters are either dumb, mean, monosyllabic, selfish, or deluded.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character is shown shirtless, emphasizing his sculpted arms, chest, and abs. Some of the female characters are dressed in sexy outfits.
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There's one use of "s--t."
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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