Frankenstein (2004) is an American TV sci-fi mystery-horror movie that is a loose adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel. The movie displays the doctor as an evil villain while the monster/creature is a hero that is determined to stop the doctor from committing evil acts. Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Friday the 13th (2009), Conan the Barbarian (2011), Pathfinder (2007)) failed with delivering an okay movie that someone can watch to pass the time. Frankenstein was filled with plot holes, dragged on scenes, lots of flaws, and was a little boring to watch. It was not the average Frankenstein movie that we are used to seeing. One good thing the director did was to make this movie for TV and not for the theaters. I applaud the actors for delivering an excellent job with their performances, but I am sorry to say that their performances were not enough to save this movie.
Frankenstein revolves around Detective Carson O’Conner (Parker Posey - The House of Yes (1997), Party Girl (1995), Henry Fool (1997), Superman Returns (2006)) and her partner investigating a serial killer. The serial killer that Carson and her partner, Detective Michael Sloane (Adam Goldberg - Saving Private Ryan (1998), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Deja Vu (2006), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)), are seeking is very dangerous. The killer mutilates the victims bodies and removes the internal organs of the victims. The detectives soon discover that Dr. Frankenstein is alive but uses an alias to keep his identity a secret from everyone. His alias is Dr. Victor Helios (Thomas Kretschmann - King Kong (2005), Wanted (2008), Downfall (2004), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)) and he has a legion of followers. Deucalion (Vincent Perez - Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Queen of the Damned (2002), Indochine (1992)) was the one that told the detectives that Frankenstein might be behind the murders.
Overall, this movie is a hit or miss and was a total miss for me because it did not entertain me and was a waste of my time. I do not recommend this movie because there are so many other Frankenstein movies that excel, unlike this film. The actors did a superb job as I mentioned before as well as the makeup department, considering that this is a low budget movie.
About Frankenstein (2004)
Starring: David Jensen, Michael Madsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Parker Posey, Ivana Milicevic, Deneen Tyler, Stocker Fontelieu, Vincent Perez, Adam Goldberg, Thirl Haston, Brett Rice, Sandra Dorsey, Maureen Brennan, Lauren Swinney, Anne Ewen, Phuong Pham, Deborah Duke, Ann Mahoney, Billy Louviere, Will Schierhorn, Tom Nowicki
Director: Marcus Nispel
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