(Convoluted, confusing crud)
What were they thinking when they released this convoluted, confusing crud?
When distributors refuse to release their movies in advance to the press, it usually means disaster. This movie is pure disaster.
Aaron Eckhart plays Adam, a creation of Frankenstein, who finds himself in the middle of a battle between gargoyles and demons and often gets the worst of it. Adam seeks to discover the secret to his mortality. The movie opens in 1795, with his body being carried to a graveyard, then jumps ahead to the present, where he wanders the dark streets of who knows where or when. He is helped by a woman, telling her, “I have never had to think that I would be helped by a human.”
Eckhart is made up to look like a Frankenstein monster, with stitches running up and down his torso, and a face even a mother wouldn’t love. His enemies beat the stuffing out of him, hurling him through brick walls and off tall buildings. But he is a survivor. After all, he’s survived over 200 years.
His acting is second rate, as is that of the other characters. The special effects are OK, especially the Gragoyle Queen turning into a flying creature, whose wings evolve from a cape.
The movie is very dark, lit up by numerous explosions and fireworks. I couldn’t wait to get out of the theatre. Joyce, in her usual wisdom, stayed home.
Rated PG-13, with lots of violence.