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Could Have Been a Masterpiece...,
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This review is from: Frankenstein's Army [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This movie could have been a masterpiece. Although the premise isn't exactly original, the way the director executed the film is. If I was rating the film on special effects alone, it would easily get 4-stars. I love that there is no CGI. I absolutely loath CGI and I would rather see well designed costumes and make-up like this rather than CGI (i.e, Silent Hill: Revelations where the CGI ruined the entire movie.)
The problem here is the plot. I am fine with the "found film" angle but I think it detracts from the movie's potential. Either way, this is a personal preferences and it isn't really where the movie stumbles. The main problem is that the soldiers are extremely unlikable and the monsters have no personality, humanity or story behind them. They are just there to look ugly. How could this have been different? Take the French film 'Martyrs'. The movie is so effective on a psychological level because you really feel for the characters and are horrified by what is happening to them. A few simple plot reworks would've salvaged this film:
1.) Instead of making the 'creatures' horrible monsters, why not make them prisoners of war or another group of soldiers being experimented on. The Dr. is somehow keeping these poor people alive while mutilating them in horrible ways. They are not evil monsters but suffering terribly. This would add some humanity to their background and make you feel that uneasiness in the pit of your stomach missing from this film.
2.) Make the soldiers likable. Have a bad apple or two if needed but for the most part make them people you root for. In line with my above suggestion, why not develop the bonds between the soldiers in the film's first and second act, only to have one of them taken by Dr. In the film's 3rd Act they could run into their friend again, this time horribly mutilated and deformed. That would be a horrible and emotional confrontation.
Overall, this film isn't bad, but it lacks humanity and it's hard to really rate a movie above 2-stars when it leaves no emotional impact whatsoever. It is worth a rent, and right now the Blu-Ray is on sale for $10 and it is worth the $10, but I guess I'm disappointed that if fell so short of what I saw its' true potential to be.