REVIEW: ‘Frankenstein’ (2015)

FrankensteinTitle: ‘Frankenstein’
2015, USA/Germany
Director: Bernard Rose
Cast: Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston

Two brilliant scientists give life in their lab to a full-grown human being. The simple-minded creature escapes the facility, and finds himself thrown into a world he doesn’t understand.

As you can tell from this brief summary, ‘Frankenstein’ is exactly what you’d expect it to be, given the title. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, this is indeed a modern reinterpretation of the classic tale by Mary Shelley. There have been so many adaptations of it that I’m actually surprised I gave this movie a chance. And I’m really glad I did, because – as fans of the genre know very well – it is rare to come upon a horror film capable of doing its job while, at the same time, presenting its audience with an emotional connection to the characters and thought-provoking concepts.

The entire story is played out through the eyes of the “monster”, making him a real character the viewer will inevitably sympathize for, rather than a classic horror icon void of any human trait. There is gore and violence, yes, but that never takes away from what to me was the main core of the film: the tragedy of a sentient being pained by utter loneliness and rejection. Kudos to Xavier Samuel for his wonderful, genuine performance.

Bernard Rose’s ‘Frankenstein’ is alive.

★★★★☆

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2 comments

  1. I have not heard of this film until now. Great review! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Hey Berto, thank you for reading and for taking the time to comment! I stumbled upon this movie by absolute chance. Being a smaller, less advertised project, I suspect it got overshadowed by the other Frankenstein flick that came out last year (the one starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy). If you can catch it on DVD, I think it is well worth a watch.

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