Adam (Alex Breaux) has recently moved in with his partner named Liz (Ana Kayne). One night the two of them have a serious discussion which leads to an argument. The argument begins when Liz expresses her desires to one day have children and start a family. Adam is not overly interested in hearing this from Liz as the two have only just moved in together. From the argument, Adam decides to stay elsewhere for the night and starts walking the city streets.
While Adam is walking, he is attacked by a stranger and violently stabbed several times. Soon he wakes up in a loft and discovers he is no longer the same man he was before. Adam has been remade and redesigned from body parts, and a surgeon has brought him back to life. The mysterious surgeon attempts to teach Adam the basics all over again as he cannot even complete the smallest tasks he once could, including being able to speak.
Considering this film seems to have been made on a small budget, the visual effects are quite impressive. The overall look of Adam as a Frankenstein type creation was very pleasing to see, and it felt convincing. The actor is believable in this role, and I felt this was a positive element to the film.
The film’s opening is also quite pleasing. Witnessing Adam’s argument with his partner before suddenly getting stabbed and murdered had my attention. The same can be said when Adam wakes up and discovers that he is now a completely different man.
While the film has a solid opening which caught my attention, after Adam wakes up to discover he is no longer the same man that he once was, the film becomes incredibly slow-paced and sadly uninteresting. In particular, the first hour of this film is slow. This part of the film focuses on Adam learning how to do the basics, but this concept goes on for way too long. Unanswered questions also feel somewhat ignored at the beginning, and reveals are done far later in the movie. When the film does give the audience answers (or further plot development), it feels more predictable instead of surprising. Thankfully, the film’s pace and plot changes quite dramatically after the first hour, but I feel like the film’s start truly hurts this movie. By the time the pacing changes, I think many viewers will find they have already checked out.
Overall, this film brings a creative idea to the screen, retelling a modern-day Frankenstein tale. The film’s visuals along with the makeup and costume work of the leading character are all great. As a plot, the film’s opening had my attention, but sadly this excitement only faded away with a slow and sadly uninteresting story for the first hour of the film. The film certainly redeems itself later in the movie, but the damage is undoubtedly done long before something exciting appears on the screen. Despite a great concept, the plot’s telling was ultimately disappointing to witness.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden