Monday, July 17, 2006

Frankenstein (Nispel, 2004)

I was inspired by 'Superman Returns' to see another movie with Goddess Parker Posey. I rented 'Frankenstein', despite having read several awful reviews of the film. I was pleasantly surprised. Victor Helios (Thomas Kretschmann) is a 200 year old mad scientist. He is the surgeon that the 'Frankenstein' myth is based upon. The story follows Helios' first creation, Deucalion (Vincent Perez), on his quest to destroy his creator. Detective Carson O'Connor (Parker Posey) and Detective Michael Sloane (Adam Goldberg) are investigating a serial killer who is cutting out various organs of his victims. Eventually, the detectives form a tentative partnership with Deucalion when it appears that Helios, or one of his creations, is behind the mysterious murders.

I thought the acting was superb, in fact, without Posey, Goldberg, and Michael Madsen's performance, this movie would have seemed cheap. It could have been a disaster, along the lines of a low-budget TV cousin of 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'. Nispel kept the plot tight and focused, allowing the actors to stay on course. This film could have meandered into global domination by Helios and his monsters- instead the story only suggested that Helios was capable of creating enough monsters to do this, and left it at that. That probably saved this film. I'm not suggesting that Frankenstein was great- but it maintains a fresh perspective on a popular horror legend, without trying to overshadow that legend. If you're a fan of horror this deserves a view, but don't expect it to blow you away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exceptionally fair review. I watched it last night and enjoyed it. Great atmosphere.

8:22 AM  

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