At every turn, Frankenstein’s Army exhibits a preference for jolt scares and gore over actual suspense, which never materializes, thanks to a general indifference to plot and minimal interest in character.
Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings
Sep 10, 2013Trying to review a film like Frankenstein's Army is an arduous task indeed because half of the events that take place in this film are so hardTrying to review a film like Frankenstein's Army is an arduous task indeed because half of the events that take place in this film are so hard to make out that it feels as though you have watched half a film. When a group of Russian soldiers are sent to find and capture Dr Frankenstein, an illusive and sociopathic doctor hidden away in a remote village. However when they arrive they find dangerous creatures inhabit the homes and streets of this sleepy place and getting out alive may prove impossible. The found footage phenomenon has been responsible for some excellent movies from last years Chronicle to Cloverfield but it has also created such colossal tripe as The Devil Inside, Quarantine and this piece of ridiculous rubbish. Built from discarded Dead Snow ideas and inoffensive yet poorly thought out historical satire, Frankenstein's Army isn't interesting at all. It's vision of creating a new kind of horror film is one fostered by a director who sadly thinks he is smarter than he actually is and has apparently been living under a rock for several years. Impossible to watch, especially when things actually start happening because the camera is never stationary for enough time for the events and supposed horrors in the film to really sink in as they are glossed over as the characters (and by association, the cameraman) run for their lives in the opposite direction to the action. The creatures they run from are odd looking and badly imagined Dr Who villains. For a horror film its light on the horror, intrigue and excitement as it doubles down on pretentious historical relevance that makes absolutely no sense.… Full Review »
Feb 3, 2015I must admit, the concept of World War II found footage film, although slightly absurd, makes for an interesting back story. The execution,I must admit, the concept of World War II found footage film, although slightly absurd, makes for an interesting back story. The execution, however, is downright preposterous. Visual looks intentionally grainy, and while this may represent the antique vibe, it's not very pleasing to witness. Plot and characters are corny, quite predictably so since a mesh of mockumentary set in war time and the namesake Frankenstein doesn't ensure gritty realism. However, as it gains momentum, the movie manages to grab my attention with some truly bizarre gory scenes.
Story follows a team of Russian recon as they ventures to a desolated village where, as the name suggests, an enigmatic army is being assembled. Unbeknownst to them, Nazi isn't the main threat to their earthly continuity as odd occurrences and clues are found along the village. The very movie itself oozes B-movie air, the old filter is a poor excuse for the muddy graphic. The main disbelief is the cast as these so-called soldiers, they lack fundamental discipline and seems to be in much disarray to be a reconnaissance team in the first place.
Costumes of the titular army are completely strange. Perhaps it tries to display a creature so close to be human but still not nearly enough to be viewed as one, but they come off like the rejects from circus or modern art gallery. One even has fan for head, at least that's a point scored for authenticity. With everything is done by CG, these real life looking monster uses their odd nature as strength. Even though there isn't much characterization or convincing plot, the latter arc is still interesting. Tension rises significantly as they face their fate and some mysteries are deciphered.
The use of gore is silly, excessively so. They applied generous amount of fake limbs and blood to various scenes. This approach is a bit shameless, but surprisingly competent later on. Its reliance of heavy gore and many plot holes throughout the movie makes it just barely a watchable horror flick. Addition of the found footage gimmick, while it has some perks, but ultimately it's not compelling enough to add anything new.
Thanks to its more vivid third act, Frankenstein's Army is a barely decent horror film.… Full Review »
Dec 18, 2014What a stupid movie. Where to begin?... The first thing I hated about this movie is the fact that it's yet another "found footage" piece ofWhat a stupid movie. Where to begin?... The first thing I hated about this movie is the fact that it's yet another "found footage" piece of garbage and worst of all it's set in WW2 and somehow it's all in fantastic vivid colours!.. The next thing that I didn't like in this movie is the stereotypical character who is way too aggressive and out of control. This type of character is what makes these movies excessively bad by making you wish that they would just shut up and go away which distracts you from the movie thereby losing the immersive feeling altogether.
The movie should have ended with everyone either dying or escaping. Instead, at the end, it drags on and on... rather like this review except I know when to stop.… Full Review »