Frankenstein (2004)

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An investigation into a serial killer leads two detectives to discover that Dr. Frankenstein and his creature are still alive after two centuries of genetic experiments.

Film Overview
"Frankenstein", a 2004 television miniseries, is a modern adjustment of Mary Shelley's 1818 book of the exact same name, directed by Kevin Connor and produced by Larry Levinson Productions. The script, composed by John Shiban, features a horror-thriller genre that explores the themes of forbidden understanding, nature versus support, and the monstrous in humanity. The cast consists of Alec Newman as Viktor Frankenstein, William Hurt as Professor Waldman, Luke Goss as the creature, and Julie Delpy as Caroline Frankenstein.

Plot Summary
Embed in seventh-century Ingolstadt, Germany, the story starts with Viktor Frankenstein, a young, ambitious, and fantastic medical student who is obsessed with the mystery of life and death. His mentor, Professor Waldman, introduces him to experiments including the remediation of dead tissue, which stimulates Viktor's interest in producing life from death.

Viktor's fascination results in an unorthodox experiment where he reanimates a dead body, sewing together parts from different corpses. The outcome is a monstrous animal, a far cry from the beautiful being Viktor imagined. Frightened by his production, Viktor leaves it for dead and attempts to go back to his regular life.

In his lack, the animal comes back to life and struggles to comprehend his presence and identity. He faces rejection since of his monstrous appearance, which leads him down a path of anger and revenge.

Dispute and Resolution
When the animal recognizes that Viktor is his developer, he seeks him out, requiring acceptance and friendship. Viktor's rejection to take responsibility for his development activates a series of terrible events, consisting of the murder of his loved ones. The animal pledges revenge on Viktor for bringing him into a world where he is shunned and hated. While doing so, both the creator and production question the effects of playing God and crossing ethical boundaries.

Viktor, filled with remorse, chooses to put an end to the anguish and hunts down the creature. The final conflict between creator and creation leaves both of them at the grace of nature, leading to their demise.

Critical Review
Keeping its loyalty to the novel, "Frankenstein" 2004 is successful in encapsulating the essence of Shelley's traditional tale. The snake-eating-its-tail narrative, the existential angst experienced by the creature and the horror at life unbidden all find their location in this version.

Performances by the cast received broad acclaim, with Newman's representation of the ambitious and guilt-ridden Viktor, Goss's compelling representation of the tormented creature and Hurt's sagacious Professor Waldman standing apart. Additionally, the re-imagined plot brought the novel into the modern-day context effectively, exploring themes appropriate to the technological and scientific developments of the time.

"Frankenstein" 2004 is more than a tale of scary; it's a poignant assessment of human nature and the repercussions of unchecked ambition. It explores the concept of what truly makes up a monster, offering audiences a thought-provoking interpretation of Shelley's initial book.

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