I will be the first to admit that from the moment I saw a trailer for this movie, when I went and saw Carrie, I knew it was going to be horrible. A January movie (a month notorious for bad films), with cheesy one liners thrown in everywhere, and a plot that looked incomprehensible, how could it not be bad?
Well I saw it, readers. It was everything I thought it would be–the plot was strange, character motivations bouncing all over the place, and dialogue occasionally cringe worthy.
Was it horrible, though?
Actually, not really. No, it isn’t any cinematic masterpiece, and no it isn’t something I think will avoid getting a razzie or two, but what it was some dumb fun. And if you need a movie to pass some time with, whether if it’s with a $5 matinee or a rental, I say go for it.
The plot revolves around the titular Frankenstein’s monster, dubbed ‘Adam’ (played by Aaron Eckhart), and his soul-less self being dragged into the demon vs angel war. As…happens with most supernatural creatures, of course. And like most supernatural-creatures in movies such as this (think Constantine), Adam want’s nothing to do with this. He doesn’t like humans, he doesn’t like demons, and he doesn’t like the Gargoyles. Yes, you read that right, the Gargoyles on the Notre Dame are actually the protectors of humans, heavenly emissaries put into duty by the Archangel Michael himself. Their Queen (Miranda Otto) has some of the most inconsistent characterization, changing her reasoning/decisions regarding Adam more than once, without really explaining the situation.
Bill Nighy, confirming once again that he no longer plays anything but scene-chewing villains, plays the head of the demons, Prince Naberius. He’s wonderful to watch in this, as always, though I would have liked to see a bit more of him. His plot, and the reason that Adam is brought into this entire foray, is that people brought back from the dead do not have souls. And these demons can only possess soulless creatures. So hey! Finding out how to reanimate corpses, like Adam is, would make for an awesome, unstoppable army!
And so the main conflict goes. There is also some plot/love interest/romance dealing with a scientist in Naberius’ employ, but her character is not well defined, and doesn’t really ‘do’ much but show Adam that humans aren’t all horrible people.
The fight scenes were quite fell choreographed, with little reliance on slow motion, which was greatly appreciated. I also thought the graphic/sfx work was nice, as well.
As a whole, the movie will never be remembered as anything very remarkable. But if you’re looking to turn your brain off and just enjoy some dumb slock for a couple hours in an afternoon, I say it’s worth it.