Sunday, October 6, 2013

Frankenstein's Army (2013)

Every once in a while I stumble upon a flick that has an interesting look and draws me in. That was the case with my next selection Frankenstein’s Army. Honestly, who would not want to see Dr. Frankenstein creating some steampunk creatures supported by Hitler’s Naziwar machine…  

Plot/ Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades -- a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

As a found footage flick, it is one of the better ones, and it actually works well with the storyline. While there are some clich├ęd moments, there was a lot to like with the movie, especially with the steampunk influenced creatures that were lurking around every corner. To me, that was the entire draw to the film, the costuming and make-up effects were incredible and the idea behind the storyline works. Yes, the acting is so-so and the movie would have been much better without the first-person hand-held camera perspectives (especially the imitation WW II era film effects) utilizing traditional camera techniques instead, but those facts do not totally sink the flick. In the end, this is not a perfect flick, but it is creative and has a visually intriguing feel and it is entertaining. It may not be for everyone, but it is one interesting take on the story of Frankenstein, Hitler and his Nazi monsters that were a plague on society.  

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