I, Frankenstein (2014) – review

WEBdl – italian audio track

Long story short: Frankenstein is in the middle of an epical war between demons and gargoyles, and should decide which faction to join.

I must admit that this movie passed under my radar… I mean, I watched the trailer maybe twice, but only in part and I thought “OK, I will take a look at it, sooner or later”… and yesterday I decided it was the time.

And, strangely, I liked it… much! Strangely, because I thought it was the usual movie where Frankenstein is only an excuse to put it in the title – a bit like “Frankenstein’s Army” – but in this case he is the main star!

And, around the middle of the movie, I asked myself: “Wait! Bus he is…” and I didn’t find his name until the end credits… Aaron Eckhart! Great, underestimated actor! He played the creature very well, and his nemesis, another great actor, Bill Nighy, is on par with him; Kevin Grevioux played a secondary role, but I like him as well – both the latter two were on the Underworld saga.

A lot of action, very good SFX and music, an unusual but quite convincing story; at least, this time the direct opposites of demons are not angels, but gargoyles!

I think anybody will be pleased to watch this movie: action fans, horror and supernatural geeks, and casual viewers too!

My vote: 7.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1418377

Frankenstein’s Army (2013) – review

WEBdl – italian audio track

Long story short: few Russian soldiers respond to a distress signal, discovering an horrible Nazi weapon.

I’m not new to this kind of movies, but I must admit I was surprised – in a good way. I mean, of course this is not a masterpiece, and it will never be included in a top list (I think) but it has “something” – still to be understood – that catches you, at least if you like horror movies like me…

The idea is nothing new; take an handheld camera, and shoot the film pretending it’s a documentary (read: mockumentary); still, it works! Think of it something like Star Trek’s Borgs meet The Blair Witch Project in an Hostel… of course, everything should be shacked and mixed together; add also a Robocop’s ED-209, some (a lot?) of FPS videogame shots, and you have the final product!

Acting is far from perfect, but quite believable; the director of photography has chosen this particular color grading that gives you the idea it was shot during WWII; special effects are almost all non-CGI, and even if they seems simple sometimes, they are effective; music is non present for most if not all the duration of the movie.

It’s strange, sick, but nevertheless interesting. If you can stand a lot of blood, human bodies and part of them, *maybe* you could enjoy it… you are warned!

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1925435