Written by Scotty
With all of the advances that have been made in the medical field, it is surprising that there has not been a way to keep people alive forever. As our average life span has been more than doubled from the early 1800’s, it is amazing that we have not found the way to cheat death altogether. Maybe it has to do with the lack of clinical trials that researchers can get funding for, or maybe it is just not possible. I am sure that we will see something new come to life in our lifetimes that will change our outlook, hopefully for the better.
A secret lab has been opened and working on finding a serum that will revolutionize the world. The Prometheus Project has been formed to find a way to regenerate failing cells via stem cell research, but they have hit a dead end and are in need of a new set of eyes to make their next leap forward. Dr. Elizabeth Barnes has been brought into the mix of great minds to share everything she knows about stem cells and is able to produce faster results than her predecessor. When the group of researchers start to believe that she knows what she is doing, she is given free reign over the facility, but not everyone is happy.
Victoria Travelle was the leader of the research team and is not happy about being replaced. As she has dedicated more time to the project than anyone else, she does not want to give up no matter the consequences. As the first trials of Elizabeth's work fall flat, Victoria is able to jump back into the drivers’ seat and implement her own changes. When a functioning serum is created, the group is anxious to try it, and when a dead body is presented to them, the group puts it to the test. As the corpse comes back to life, the group sees that they have found a way to cheat death, however, they are unable to control the reanimated person in front of them and need to find a way to slow down the process.
When a security guard in the facility is killed in cold blood, Victoria puts it upon herself to try the serum again and bring the man back to life. Without reviving him for a weeks’ time, she sees that there is strange regeneration in the body and once David wakes up, he is much more to her than their first subject. Teaching David like a child, Victoria bonds with him and takes him under her wing. As David develops however, she finds out that he is much more that then man he was before he was gunned down, he is something special…and dangerous.
The Frankenstein Syndrome follows the group of researchers on the Prometheus Project as they are trying to develop a serum that can regenerate dead cells and bring them back to life. As a new researcher is brought into the mix, the stalled results are no more. With a functioning serum in their hands, the group turns to human trials and come up with mixed results. As one person responds differently to the other as the serum takes effect, the group finds that their subject David is much more than he used to be before being killed. Learning everything from the researchers, reading their books, David is now able to see into their minds. Knowing what the group thinks of him, David is able to start controlling things with his mind and there is little that the researchers can do to stop him.
This movie brought more to the screen than I could have ever imagined. With the story starting off with a power struggle that could only end badly, bringing people back to life and not being able to control them is a very scary premise. As David comes back to life and learns everything from the books presented to him, he is able to read into the minds of some of the smartest people on the planet and although that does not seem like it could be so scary, what he is able to do with the information is. With the distinction between science and religion being the vocal point in this film, if we could play God and cheat death completely, would there be any need for someone to watch over us anymore? Stay Scared.