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When a future scientist (John Hurt) creates an invention that implodes space, he finds himself catapulted back to 19th century England. There he meets Mary Shelly, Percy Shelly, and, of course, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.
The relationships between Frankenstein, Hurt's arrogant scientist, and their respective "monsters," explore the idea that once you create something you cannot un-create it. Even if you destroy your creation you can never make things the way they were before--It is unbound.
I agree with "THNEEBAN" about the monster--it is the best Frankenstein I have seen on film. I too found the ending surreal and very fitting. While not for all tastes, I am always surprised by how long this film--especially the ending--lingers in my mind.
Frankstein Unbound is a loose (but much better) adaptation of the mind-numbing novel by Brian Aldiss. A future scientist's experiments with weapons of war causes a tear in time and space that throws him straight into early 19th-century Europe. There, he learns that the story of Frankstein is based on fact. He encounters the doctor, the monster, the "bride", Mary and Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron, all played by a cast surprisingly well-known for this type of film.
The movie is alternately creepy and sappy, and a fling between scientist John Hurt and Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) will surely evoke rolling of the eyes. It's loaded with melodrama, but that's okay, because there's enough cool sci-fi/horror standards present to satisfy anyone, including a suitably "out-there" and fantastic ending. Plus, this movie has the absolute best version of Frankenstein's monster that I have EVER seen, either in film, TV, print, or whatever. The monster's look is truly inspired, and his personality is captured perfectly.
Check this one out... just to say you did. It's very entertaining.
It's wonderful how they blended the life of Mary Shelley - the young woman who will later write the novel FRANKENSTEIN!
Mid 21st century scientist John Hurt is accidentally transported, by an experiment of his own devising, back to 1817 Geneva where the people and the events related in Mary Shelley's novel are real and he becomes involved in their unfolding. His 21st century computerised car is with him and provides interesting commentary a la KNIGHT RIDER on their plight.Read more ›
I have never read the Aldiss book so can't compare to that. I was little concerned about production values seeing how Corman was the king of B movies, but he did a good job. As someone said, one spot where the special effects weren't first rate, but it didn't kill me. The rest of the movie's production values were fine, though the prosthetics on the monster could've been a tiny bit better.
I will agree with the people who overall like the movie. I liked the conceits about the time travel and meeting up with historical figures. I also enjoyed the actors, which is no surprise considering you have Hurt and Julia starring. Support actors are fine.
If this DVD was a rarity going for $100, I might not recommend getting it. If I got it for free I would still rate it 4 stars. Very good, but not a masterpiece as some have said. If you enjoy checking out all the Frankenstein movies of the past few decades (like the DeNiro version), I can certainly recommend this one.
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one of john hurt,s best, with a car like out of knight rider and a great looking monster and good cast one of the better frankenstein story,s, very good.Published 6 months ago by P_A_M
My favorite Frankenstein movie. More than a horror movie, it's also a science fiction movie. Great acting, great story. Completely original and thought provoking. Blu-ray please!Published 8 months ago by Jeremy Silman
Mary Shelley's original was a cautionary tale about technlogy mastering its masters. Aldiss's book wraps that in another technology mastering its respective masters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by wiredweird
Very interesting sci-fi movie mixing the past with time travel...worth the purchasePublished 20 months ago by Musiclover
This movie definitely deserves four stars. Is it a classic??? I doubt it. It *is* a thought provoking film that actually matches the book by Mary Shelly better, but did not... Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by A Roger Zelazny Fan
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