Quite frankly as misguided and problematic as the forlorn romanticism of Kenneth Branagh’s 1994 adaptation, not to mention as ridiculously self-serious, Stuart Beattie’s ‘I, Frankenstein’ isn’t even campy enough to be fun. Cut from the mold of the films in the ‘Underworld’ series, Beattie’s film similarly eschews the natural intrigue of the original mythology to pump it full of steroids and Hot Topic-style cool, adding an epic, age-old conflict between no less than angels (well, gargoyles) and demons for Frankenstein’s monster to be caught between – all of which showcases an excess of thought, and yet a shocking lack of brains.
In this year's bizarre battle of the White House-set invasion action movies, 'Olympus Has Fallen' was the surprise box office champion, handily outgrossing the far glossier 'White House Down.' And you know what that means: it's time for 'Olympus Has Fallen 2.' But where do you go when your first film already destroyed the home of the President of the United States? You go wreck London, of course!
Fans who came out for Lionsgate's Comic-Con 2013 panel for 'The Hunger Games' sequel, 'Catching Fire,' also got a taste of the studio's lesser-known offering: 'I, Frankenstein.' It was only recently that the film kickstarted its promotional rounds with posters, images and the like, but did its presentation in Hall H on Saturday, July 20 intrigue the fans enough?
The story of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster has been told and retold so many times that it's not surprising that we've reached the point where Mary Shelley's classic horror story has become an apocalyptic action movie. 'I, Frankenstein' stars Aaron Eckhart as the immortal monster-turned-action hero and the first poster for the 2014 release has arrived.
In the weeks and months after 9/11, it was reported that the United States military was recruiting Hollywood screenwriters to help predict potential follow-up attacks. The new thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen' plays like the craziest, silliest entry from that post-9/11 doomsday scenario slush file -- a passionately loony blend of 'Die Hard' cliches and feverish right wing paranoia. If only the execution of this White House home invasion fantasy was half as entertaining as its conception.
When an ex-CIA agent discovers that he and his daughter have been marked for termination, a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues.
'Olympus Has Fallen' is in the bizarre position of being the first of two "terrorists take over the White House" movies coming out in 2013. We'll have to wait until 'White House Down' arrives in June before we can make any immediate comparisons, but right now, we feel like the one starring Channing Tatum will be better worth our time than the one starring Gerard Butler. Can a new featurette change our minds?
Gerard Butler plays an ex-Secret Service agent who is the rogue hero in the White House after a bunch of terrorists take the building hostage.