(2015) (James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A mid-19th century medical student enlists the aid of a mistreated but brilliant circus performer to help him reanimate stitched together dead body parts into a living, sentient human being.
- It's 1860 and Victor Frankenstein (JAMES McAVOY) is a medical student who'd rather be conducting his wild science experiments than going to class with the likes of Finnegan (FREDDIE FOX) who comes from the third richest family in England. Specifically, he's trying to reanimate dead animal organs via jolts of electricity, and his search for animal parts has led him to a local circus encampment. There, a young hunchback (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) is mistreated by nearly everyone, both in and out of the performance ring. Despite being a self-taught doctor, all but trapeze artist Lorelei (JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY) believes he's nothing more than a freak.
But when Victor watches the man save Lorelei's life after a bad fall, he realizes he's found his new assistant and manages to free him from imprisonment there, but not before various close calls and the accidental death of another circus worker. That draws the attention of Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Turnpin (ANDREW SCOTT) who's intrigued that a death occurred at the same place where circus animal parts have been stolen. He's becoming increasingly obsessed with the latter, believes that Frankenstein is somehow involved, and realizes he could use the alleged circus murder to get to him.
Having given the young man the name of his former assistant, Igor, and fixing his hunchback problem, Victor gets to work conducting his experiments, eventually reanimated a dead chimpanzee that's been cobbled together with other animal parts. When he presents another take of that reanimation to Lorelei and Finnegan, the former is horrified but the latter is intrigued enough to fund further experimentation. After a run-in with Turnpin that makes him a fugitive from the law, Victor ends up traveling to Finnegan's remote castle where he hopes to complete his latest experiment, the reanimation of human body parts into a living, sentient human being.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're fans of anyone in the cast or old-school monster movies featuring the likes of Frankenstein's monster.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction.
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