- X 2019
Frankenstein - Auf der Jagd nach seinem Schöpfer
Marcus Nispel, Tony Krantz (executive), John Shiban (executive), Martin Scorsese (executive) for Flame TV, L.I.F.T. Production, USA Network
directed by Marcus Nispel
starring Parker Posey, Vincent Perez, Thomas Kretschmann, Adam Goldberg, Ivana Milicevic, Michael Madsen, Deborah Duke, Ann Mahoney, Deneen Tyler, Grett Rice, Stocker Fontelieu, Billy Louviere, Will Shierhorn, Tom Nowicki, David Jensen, Sandra Dorsey, Lauren Swinney, Thirl Haston, Anne Ewen
screenplay by John Chiban, based on a concept by Dean R.Koontz and characters by Mary W. Shelley, music by Normand Corbeil, theme by Angelo Badalamenti
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Detectives Carson (Parker Posey) and Sloane (Adam Goldberg) are hunting
a serial killer called the surgeon who runs around killing people
and takes out some of their vital organs - and the only clue Carson and
Sloane have is that all those killed actually had bodies that were somehow
improved over bodies of normal humans ... improved, one wonders, by
evolution or by genetic engineering (well ok, so since the title of this
film is Frankenstein, one possibly does not wonder).
Soon, Carson is contacted by Deucalion (Vincent Perez), an attractive
but mysterious tall man with a scar in his face, who claims himself to be
the Frankenstein monster from 200 years back, and claims that a certain
Doctor Helios (Thomas Kretschmann) is actually Frankenstein, who plans to
make himself an army of monsters to take over the world, and all of those
killed were actually killed by one of Helios' creatures who wants to
commit suicide, but since he can't, he wants to lure the police onto his
trail to be killed ... confused ?
Well, you should be because none of this
makes any sense !
Ok, so eventually, Carson and Sloane find out that their colleague
Harker (Michael Madsen) is actually the killer, and they do their best to
hunt him down, but in the finale in a warehouse, he puts up a pretty good
fight (doesn't seem to be too suicidal after all) and is ultimately only
stopped (and killed) by Deucalion's timely intervention. To confuse you a
little more, I thought I'd also tell you that Harker was pregnant (really,
no joke !), and that his baby escaped - now, are you confused ?
Be that as it may, in the end Carson and Deucalion decide to join forces and go after Helios
himself and ... the end. Really.
Oh, did I mention that Carson has a little autistic brother (Will
Schierhorn), who seems to respond only to Deucalion. Not that that makes
any sense in the context of the film, I just felt obliged to say it
Originally intended as a series, the whole Frankenstein in modern
day-concept never made it past this film, and thank god for that, the
movie is basically an unoriginal blend of the Frankenstein-myth,
TV cop shows and serial killer films like Silence of the Lambs or Seven,
peppered with some sci-fi-style conspiracy theories ... and somehow this
mix just refuses to make too much sense (not that that would be
surprising). And who thought it a good idea to have the rather attractive
Vincent Perez play the monster with only very little make-up (a scar) ?
This just doesn't work.
To sum the whole thing up in one word: Bullshit.