Friday, December 22, 2017

Frankenstein's Army (2013)

Director: Richard Raaphorst

Writers: Richard Raaphorst, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Chris W. Mitchell

Composer: Reyn Ouwehand

Starring: Robert Gwilym, Hon Ping Tang, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry, Joshua Sasse, Mark Stevenson, Andrei Zayats, Karel Roden, Klaus Lucas, Cristina Catalina

More info: IMDb

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.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I love the concept but jesus fucking christ, stop it with the fucking shaky cam already.  The film is graded dark and it's at its worst in the first twenty or more minutes until the Rooskies leave the dreary landscape to the underground bunker where all the goodness starts.  The creature effects are outstanding.  They are freaky as shit.  There's lots of gore, too.  There's a lot of first person footage which gets old very fast.  It's not until minutes from the end did the camera stand still for a while.  That was welcome but the movie was almost over.  I dug the ending but it's the usual thanks but you're too late.  I already checked out.  I REALLY wanted to like this.  It could've been so much better but I'm one of these guys that's getting tired of the shaky cam and grading the color darker.  And the thing is, it didn't have to be that way.  Not for this one.

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