I, Frankenstein (2014)
If you don’t know the story of Frankenstein, then you have probably been living under a rock your whole life. Frankenstein (1931) is as classic as a movie can be. There have been countless remakes and rip-offs of this legendary film.
I, Frankenstein takes the iconic character, Frankenstein, and throws him into a story that is so different from the original that it is a travesty in filmmaking. Sometimes, I understand the need to remake a film, but when you remake a classic, it is better to pay homage to the original instead of dragging its name through the manure behind your high horse. It appears like this is exactly what Hollywood has done with Frankenstein.
Somehow, the film tells the story of how Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart) gets caught up in a war between two groups of immortals. Did I mention that the war has gone on for hundreds of years?
The movie was directed by Stuart Beattie and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Caitlin Stasey, Jai Courtney, Miranda Otto, Kevin Grevioux, Viginie Le Brun, and Aden Young.
As much as I like Aaron Eckhart and Frankenstein, this movie just looks like a monster that should not be unleashed on the public.
The film is set to release on 1/24/14.
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
I had not heard any good things about this film prior to watching it. However, I started watching the movie without any high expectations. I heard people say that it was the fakest movie in the whole series. I heard people say that it was the worst Die Hard yet. My question that I have for those people is what did you expect? This is the fifth Die Hard movie. It’s the fifth one! To put that into perspective, the original Die Hard (1988) was 25 years ago. I was 2 years old when that came out and Ronald Reagan was the President. It was 2 years until they made the second film. The next film was 5 years later, then 12, and now 6 years after that. Willis has played the same character for 25 years and you wonder why A Good Day to Die Hard was not as good as the others?
In this fifth installment of the Die Hard Series, John McClane (Willis) travels to Russia to confront his troubled son Jack, (Jai Courtney) whom he doesn’t know is an undercover CIA agent on a mission. John unknowingly ruins Jack’s mission and the two are forced to work together to try to repair the damage done.
Over the last 25 years, Die Hard movies have become an American tradition. They are filled with action so far-out, intense, and convenient that it’s unbelievable. However, the beautiful destruction, explosions, slow-motion debris dodging, and endless one-liners from Willis is enough to keep us entertained.
A Good Day to Die Hard follows in the footsteps of its ancestors, sort of. The action is just as incredible, but far more convenient and therefore way less realistic. The destruction is pretty, but not as glorious. There are still explosions and tons of debris and Willis still has the best one-liners.
Besides Willis, the film lacks credible big name stars. It felt like the movie was made just to make another Die Hard film. Everyone just kind of went through the motions and parts of the movie felt like a satire of itself. The McClane family kept referring to how they do this stuff all of the time. The film made fun of itself and all that succeeded in doing was to help bring the movie down a notch.
With the addition of Courtney, the film is a father and son shoot-em-up adventure that is still worth the rental, if only to carry on the Die Hard tradition. It’s good for a few chuckles. Besides self-destruction, the movie still has some entertaining gun fights and plenty of stuff blows up.
I rate this movie a 6 on scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Rent.
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