Aaron Eckhart Turns Classic Movie Monster Into Superhero In Netflix Action Movie

By Steven Nelson | Updated

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Prepare to embark on a dark and action-packed journey as Aaron Eckhart breathes life into the iconic character of Frankenstein’s creature in I, Frankenstein now available for streaming on Netflix. Directed by Stuart Beattie, this fantasy action film aimed to offer a fresh perspective on the classic movie monster, but did it deliver on its promise? Netflix users can find out.

In I, Frankenstein, Aaron Eckhart plays Adam in movie based on the classic book title.

In I, Frankenstein Aaron Eckhart delivers a captivating portrayal of Adam, the immortal creature brought to life by the brilliant Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Set in a modern-day world teeming with supernatural beings, gargoyles, and demons, the film plunges viewers into an age-old war for ultimate power.

Amidst this eternal conflict, Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle, a solitary figure tormented by his existence as both a monstrous creation and an immortal being.

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As the film unfolds, we’re introduced to the gargoyles, angelic creatures who serve as protectors of humanity for centuries. Their stoic and imposing presence contrasts starkly with the sinister demon forces led by the cunning and power-hungry Naberius, portrayed with eerie brilliance by Bill Nighy. 

Naberius and his malevolent horde try to unlock the secrets of reanimation that Dr. Frankenstein had unwittingly stumbled upon, hoping to raise an army of the undead to conquer the world.

Amidst this epic battle between good and evil, Aaron Eckhart’s Adam becomes a reluctant player in the age-old feud. Haunted by his creator’s abandonment and his own monstrous appearance, he wanders through the shadows of the night, a soul grappling with his identity and purpose. 

As the lines between allies and enemies blur, Adam is faced with a choice that could alter the fate of both the human and supernatural realms forever.

Eckhart’s dedication to the role was evident bringing authenticity to the conflicted character. However, the film’s portrayal of Adam’s journey from monstrous creation to a superhero-like figure seeking redemption fell somewhat short of its ambitions.

Despite Aaron Eckhart’s efforts, I, Frankenstein failed to impress critically, earning a mere 5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s attempt to revamp the classic movie monster into a modern superhero fell flat, with many reviewers finding the concept unconvincing and the execution lacking.

I, Frankenstein struggled to resonate with audiences and critics alike during its initial release. While the film offered some visually stunning action sequences, the overall narrative failed to captivate, leaving viewers wanting more substance to accompany the style. 

I, Frankenstein earned $77 million on a $65 million budget and had just a 5 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

At the box office, “I, Frankenstein” struggled to make a significant impact, failing to achieve the desired commercial success. With a lukewarm reception from both audiences and critics, the film faced an uphill battle in drawing crowds. It ended up earning just $77 million on a $65 million budget.

That being said, sometimes movies like this can find a new life on streaming. The expectations are a bit lower and it can be just a popcorn watch.

Aaron Eckhart’s Movie Career Includes Acclaimed Roles

Despite the film’s lukewarm reception, Aaron Eckhart’s career has continued to shine brightly. Known for his versatility as an actor, Eckhart delivered captivating performances across various genres, making his mark in Hollywood.

From his memorable role as Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight to his breakout performance in Erin Brockovich, Eckhart proved his ability to embody diverse and challenging characters. Even in I, Frankenstein, his dedication to the role of Adam shone through, demonstrating his commitment to his craft.:

More recently, Aaron Eckhart was featured in the series The First Lady playing former President Gerald Ford. 2023 will also see  him starring in Ambush as well. This one is a war movie set around an elite squad of soldiers trying to reclaim classified information. 

I, Frankenstein may not have hit the mark critically, but Aaron Eckhart’s portrayal of the classic movie monster turned superhero still showcased his talent as an actor. As we venture through the film’s dark and action-packed narrative on Netflix, we witnessed Eckhart’s earnest effort to breathe life into Adam.

See for yourself and check out whether or not this movie has come around some over time. I, Frankenstein is streaming on Netflix and could be worth a late-night watch if fantasy and action are in your wheelhouse.