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Synopsis:Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
Victor Frankenstein (2015) is an American science fiction horror movie that is based on Mary Shelley‘s novel Frankenstein (1818). This movie focuses more on the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and Igor rather than how they created Frankenstein’s monster. Director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Push (2009), Wicker Park (2004), Gangster No. 1 (2000)) did a marvelous job executing the action scenes that made the movie very entertaining. The action scenes were very intense, and the creatures gave it the extra pizazz it needed.
Victor Frankenstein was mistitled in my opinion because it was mostly based on Igor ( Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)) and was shown from Igor’s perspective. Igor is a very troubled person with a dark past that is friends with Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein ( James McAvoy - X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Wanted (2008), The Last King of Scotland (2006)) is a medical student. The movie goes on to showing us how Frankenstein became what he is from Igor’s perspective. It did not take long for their experiments to backfire and get them into a heap load of trouble with the law leading Frankenstein and Igor to become fugitives. They are running from the law but was persistent on creating life from the dead. The movie was similar to other Frankenstein movies but also differs.
The actors did a fantastic job with their parts, especially Daniel (Igor) and James (Dr. Frankenstein) who displays a wonderful chemistry that appears as realistic as it can be. I felt emotions and attached to them throughout the movie as their friendship is one that is hard to find. The practical makeup and effects on the creatures/monsters were phenomenal and flowed/mixed well with the CGI effects. McAvoy and Radcliffe did an excellent job performing some of their stunts. I gave this movie a five because the second part of the film did not do justice to the first half. The second half fell at a slow pace that made me watch the time several times, and I was not sure if I wanted to continue seeing when the third act began. I sat still and enjoyed the third act, but the second half was so terrible that I do not want to see this movie again. The first and last part of the film was filled with intense fights with long chases that gave me the sitting on the edge of your seat movie experience. The second act is the main reason the film fell short and cannot stand out from its predecessors.
About Victor Frankenstein 2015
Original Title: Igor
Runtime: 110 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi
Total Avg. Votes: 68
Writers: Max Landis, Mary Shelley
Director: Paul McGuigan