Hollywood never seems to tire of taking Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tale, cramming it into different clothing and pushing it, blinking, out into the projector’s unforgiving glare. With several versions of the story making their way to the screen, each has to find its own way to stand out. I, Frankenstein’s? Channel the story through an Underworld filter. Check out the first trailer.
Conjuring up Len Wiseman’s vamp franchise is not really that shocking, since this comes from Underworld co-writer Kevin Grevioux’s comic book.
Stuart Beattie adapts and directs the tale of Adam (Aaron Eckhart), Frankenstein’s creation, who has achieved immortality and is now the focus for a war between powerful supernatural creatures. The evil side (led by Bill Nighy) wants to harness his abilities to create an army to destroy the human race. Whereas Miranda Otto’s forces are trying to save us – but at what cost to Adam?
Caught in the middle is Terra (Yvonne Stahovski), a scientist who helps Adam and, as seems standard in these things, might just have feelings for him. It’s tough to judge from the trailer, but so far I, Frankenstein does seem to give off a hint of generic good vs. evil mayhem with CG creatures aplenty. Here's our response to the footage shown back at Comic-Con. Can this rise above the standard levels? We’ll find out on January 24.