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DIRECTOR: Stuart Beattie
CAST: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovsky, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Aden Young, Caitlin Stasey, Mahesh Jadu, Deniz Akdeniz, Christopher Pang
CLASSIFICATION: 10-12 PG V
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
GARGOYLES fighting demons for control over the world – and not only does the world not know anything about this, but it is Frankenstein they’re really fighting over.
Well, actually, not really Frankenstein, because that was the name of Mary Shelley’s crazy doctor who thought he could play God. His monster never really had a name, did he?
Anyway, I digress. As does this movie. Several times.
Aaron Eckhart bestrides this movie as the Frankenstein monster who is named Adam by the gargoyle queen. Stop sniggering, you in the corner.
He meets this gargoyle queen (played by Miranda Otto) after her guardian gargoyles save him from a demon attack while he is burying Frankenstein, which gives us a basic timeline of around the early 1800s.
Adam refuses to align himself with the gargoyles or demons, and sets off on his own lonely path, killing anything that comes across him in the wilderness.
Fast forward 200 years and the now-hoodie-wearing Adam follows a demon into a nightclub and the fun and games start all over again.
Enter Bill Nighy of the clipped enunciation – he has to be a bad guy because he’s wearing a suit and seems to have puhlenty of money.
The gargoyle queen is at the top of her stone castle and doesn’t seem to have worked out that the prince of demons is just down the road.
Cue lots of fights, too much wordy dialogue and not enough fun. Based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux, this film is kind of what Max Payne wanted to be. The flying gargoyles look just as great on screen as they did on the page, but they are aerodynamically unsound.
Could someone please explain what the point was of filming this in 3D? Whether in 2D or 3D, it does not have enough of a plot to intrigue or the character development to keep your attention off the clichés, derivative designs and that there is way too much CGI.
If you liked Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you will like this.