Year Released: 2013
Directed By: Richard Raaphorst
Written By: Richard Raaphorst, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Chris W, Mitchell,
Notable Cast: Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry, Hon Ping Tang, Andrei Zayats, Mark Stevenson, Klaus Lucas, Cristina Catalina, Jan de Lukowicz, Zdenek Barinka
Plot: Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades — a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat. – SOURCE: imdb.com “Production”
Commentary: Frankenstein’s Army is a delightful oddity of steampunk carnage, and a baffling one, too. Taking place during the end of World War II, and following a troop of Soviet soldiers, the filmmakers decided to use the found footage format to tell the story.
Opinions are divided on this, but I feel the movie had no place being found footage. It makes zero sense for the milieu. Perhaps what you gain is more shock, surprise and impressionism when you view the amazing cool, nightmarish creations of “Viktor” Frankenstein, who in the film uses the scientific advances of grandfather in the service of the Third Reich. But I just don’t know that it served the story.
It is these monsters that are the main reason to check out this movie. They’re inventive, original and ambitious. The film is, in fact. It may not fully succeed but its quite a ride.
What We’re Afraid Of: The horrors of wartime are all around this film, well before we even see a Frankenstein monster. More importantly, we get to see the merciless savagery of our heroes, in particular the soldier Vassili who brutalizes German civilians caught in Frankenstein’s lab. His sadism left me more disturbed and sickened than anything the monsters could have done.
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