In short, despite Frankenstein remakes, rehashes and adaptations,Bernaed Rose's ability to effectively reinvent the wheel for the modern generation, highlighting the perils of frighteningly cloning technologies, speaks volumes for his ability as a filmmaker. This kind of reworking is what keeps Frankenstein's grotesque yet sentient monster well and truly alive almost 200 years after Shelley's masterpiece and Rose's adaptation is certainly tantamount to the original novel's subtitle as it really is a modern Prometheus.Xavier Samuel as Adam who perfectly depicts just <more>
"how mutable are our feelings" as his acting range is indescribably electric. It was also a pleasure to see Tony Todd Candyman reunite with Rose to play Eddie, a blind homeless father figure who does his utmost to guide Adam down the straight and narrow although his efforts ultimately fail to bridle Adam's inner beast. Also, having a prostitute explain the birds and the bees in a particularly graphic YouTubian manner brought some particularly humorous yet ultimately tender and heart wrenching moments to the film. Compliments are also due to Adam's "parents" with Carrie-Anne Moss playing the sympathetic/apathetic mother to a tee and Danny Huston putting in a mean performance as the ruthlessly thick-skinned monomaniac, Viktor Frankenstein.
Frankenstein is a 2015 updated adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Just want to say l was very impressed with this contemporary version of Frankenstein . Only a few parts were unbelievable like the police shooting him after his arrest but totally understand why the director added it. I really thought 'oh god! This will be crap' but totally on the contrary.... Loved it!!! Directors like this should be snapped up by Hollywood! I will be looking out for more... It may be low budget but it's high quality viewing.... Well done!. Hollywood needs fresh blood. And If you need a <more>
comparison I'd say it's like a Cronenburg with passion kind of horror flick l will be definitely recommending this to my friends..... If you've watched Victor Frankenstein don't be put off, this is way superior & l shouldn't be saying that as a friend of mine starred in it!!!!!
Astonishing novel Frankenstein movie (by hishamaragheb)
I can describe this movie as one of the best movies I have ever seen. The story started obscure but interesting, then the emotional triggers started until the end. The scenes managed to carry the emotions to the audience very well. Acting by Xavier and Tony was perfect in my opinion. Perhaps, because Xavier is photogenic, I liked his character very much. This movie can't be categorized as a horror movie at all. It's a new genre of movies in my opinion. It's somehow has some emotions you can feel when you watch last hour of "Martyrs". I think the movie could have been far <more>
better if Carrie Anne role was different and took more space. Generally, I liked this movie a lot and added it to my top 100 movies of all time.
This is the film that with make your skin crawl and your blood run cooled (by jacobjohntaylor1)
This is a very scary movie. 5.1 is underrating this movie. I give it 9 out of 10. This movie has a great story line. It also has great acting. It also has great special effects. Frankenstein 1931 is better. Bride of Frankenstein is better. But still this is a great movie. See it. See will scary you out of your mind. Son of Frankenstein is better. Frankenstein 1994 is better. Ghost of Frankenstein is also better. But this is a very scary movie. If it does not scary you then no movie will scary you. This is an awesome movie. Cures of Frankenstein is also better. But still this movie is a <more>
must see. Lady Frankenstein is better. But still is a great horror film.
Bernard Rose has a knack for bringing the human condition into characters on screen, and from there, transposing it to our minds as audience members when we are experiencing his pictures. 'Candyman', 'Paperhouse', and 'Immortal Beloved' are all zenith examples of mythical "genre films" wherein the real themes presented are the characters themselves, and the iconographies of genre lay by the wayside, standing as mere coincidence, rather than complete audience draw. In his newest picture, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's classic story of Gothic horror <more>
and the default of man and his flaws, 'Frankenstein', carries on this method, and even perfects it in many areas.Like 'Candyman', this film attempts to project the feared myths of culture past and folklore on an already assuming audience in attempt to bring the tale to real terms. What we get in return, is a story not about fabled characters, but real people; people that we all know. The plot given brief concerns itself with a more loyal take on the story - Doctor Viktor Frankenstein Huston , his wife Moss, who has never looked lovelier , and their assistant are research scientists attempting to create the perfect proto-human Samuel . Once this goal is achieved, there may be a way to create cures and longevity in the medicinal field. The project is completed and a man is born.Scientific difficulties prove unforeseen and our perfect human being becomes something a little less human. A practice to put the proto-man down via lethal injection backfires, and thus the "Monster" is unleashed upon the world. Instead of a London town in history, unleashed upon in fear, we have the modern Metropolis of Los Angeles swept away in doubt. This propels the story and film to a platform that renders anything possible, and for anything to happen. And it does. Many of the characters from the story are present here, devoutly portrayed, and slyly woven into the very fabric of how we view society today.What this brings about, is an emotionally charged, utterly compelling, and beautifully deranged epic tale with relevant themes that reign very akin to previous Rose fare: Prejudice, class struggle, inner demons vs. the evil of man, et al. All the violence, degradation, mutilation, and gore to be found in the story are present, but in a way that reminds us how very human, and vulnerable we are. Slight bits of comic relief litter the film, but the direction is so spot on, and the story, so poignantly told, that it's actually difficult to catch the drift, and spot the poetic irony. Rose indulges in his fare share of gore, violence, and the surrender of man in the face of true danger, all the while making the audience realize how ignorant we are to how bad the world can be, and therefore taking away the sense of security we feel sitting in a darkened movie theater, and pulling the veneer off of the simple picture we are experiencing. However, it's there, in all it's glory. Rose tips his hat to the underdogs of the world today, while reminding us that it also takes a man or woman with good intention to bring about the changes that the world is perpetually cycling through.A good film will, regardless of genre or intended audience, make it's audience laugh, cry, tremble, or become angry. The best ones are capable of accomplishing all, and leaving the audience in the deepest comatose state of reflection upon leaving the Movie House. Bernard Rose's adaptation of "Frankenstein" manages to do all of this and more. In the end, he delivers a bona fide ADULT Horror Movie that should satisfy genre fans and fans of the original story alike. Sadly, the film, being distributed independently will probably never be as recognized as it's predecessors, given the desensitization to horror and the egoistic regain of people of the "I" generation, who even in this film appear to be the real "Monsters" of this world.
A modern Frankenstein that never forgets its roots. (by gojiseb)
Bernard Rose has successfully translated Mary Shelley's original novel by turning it into a Cronenbergian body horror tragedy. The performances are stellar with Xavier Samuel making a heartbreaking Monster and Tony Todd stealing the show as a blind musician. The direction is superb and horror fans will be pleased by the gruesome practical effects. If there are any weak points here, it would be the extremely brisk pacing and a few odd editing decision. The ending is also frustratingly abrupt. Beyond that, it is nothing less than a triumph of genre filmmaking and the sort of thing I wish to <more>
I just managed to see this movie and to be honest I was skeptical about it at first. Having read the book it's based on, I was worried that this would be a slow modern take on it, and while it was it was a massive emotional roller coaster. I think after the intro of the movie I was in tears the rest of the way. Xavier Samuel plays the role of Adam very well I've never liked calling the character 'The Monster' and watching the trials and hardships he had to go threw was quiet heartbreaking. He pulls of the innocent and naive nature of Adam well, making you really feel like <more>
he's just this lost child seeking answers that no one can give him, and personally I think that's very difficult to do.All in all, it's a good modern take on Mary Shelling's Frankenstein and I would recommend it. Just be prepared that it's not an action crazy movie, but slow with thoughtful narration that relies more on one's ability to sympathize with Adam and his journey rather than action.