Tom Russo
November 12, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Leave it to the Wachowskis to recycle Mary Shelley’s tale as a guns-a-blazin’ mix of Wild West action and neo-theological sci-fi — and in the process both intrigue and confound us. The concept comes from Steve Skroce and Geof Darrow, artists who helped design The Matrix; the under-rated Skroce handles the book’s dynamically dense visuals. But it’s the brothers’ script that has the monster musing, ”I am a cesarean inflicted upon the womb of your reality.” Apparently, this Doc Frankenstein got the Architect’s brain.

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