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Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Peaky Blinders) leads a glittering cast that also features James Purefoy (Rome), and Neil Pearson (Bridget Jones Diary). This acclaimed modern re-telling of Mary Shelleys classic finds Dr. Victoria Frankenstein as a leading medical scientist using stem cells to create replacement human organs. Desperate to save her dying son William, Frankenstein secretly introduces his DNA to her research. From solitary cells grows a thrilling, emotionally charged gothic masterpiece that comes to a terrifying conclusion. In a world where genetic manipulation is common, has Frankenstein gone too far?.
Fear is reborn in this gripping re-telling of Mary Shelleys gothic masterpiece!
A few years from now, under the darkened skies of a post super-volcanic world, a group of scientists are conducting advanced stem cell research. Their experiments in the laboratory may one day lead to the possibility of specially tailored organs for use in transplant surgery. But one woman won't wait that long. Doctor Victoria Frankenstein is a leading light in her field. Ambitious and highly intelligent, she is working on the frontiers of controversial medical science, while her son William lies dying in hospital. Desperate to save him, Victoria secretly introduces his DNA to her maverick work on replacement body parts, and inadvertently creates life itself... From a heartbeat in a tank full of gore grows a thrilling, emotionally charged gothic masterpiece that projects humanity's darkest collective fears. Given that we live in a society where genetic manipulation and assisted fertilisation are already commonplace, what does tomorrow hold?
A few years from now, under the darkened skies of a post super-volcanic world, a group of scientists are conducting advanced stem cell research. Their experiments in the laboratory may one day lead to the possibility of specially tailored organs for use in transplant surgery. But one woman wont wait that long. Doctor Victoria Frankenstein is a leading light in her field. Ambitious and highly intelligent, she is working on the frontiers of controversial medical science, while her son William lies dying in hospital. Desperate to save him, Victoria secretly introduces his DNA to her maverick work on replacement body parts, and inadvertently creates life itself From a heartbeat in a tank full of gore grows a thrilling, emotionally charged gothic masterpiece that projects humanitys darkest collective fears. Given that we live in a society where genetic manipulation and assisted fertilisation are already commonplace, what does tomorrow hold?.
In 1816, the Year Without Summer, a volcanic eruption filled the sky with ash. The world became dark and cold. That year Mary Shelley conceived of a story of a scientist who created a monster
At an unspecified time in the near future, Earths climate has changed and as water mixes with the volcanic ash in the atmosphere, the rain runs red. While a storm rages overhead, Dr Victoria Frankenstein sits by the hospital bed of her dying son, William, where doctors tell her to prepare for the worst.
Brilliant and committed, Frankenstein is a scientist conducting highly controversial work in the field of stem cell research and medical biotechnology at The Windmill Research Building. Overseen by Professor Andrew Waldman, her latest research programme, the Universal Xenograft Project is pushing her and her assistant Ed Gore to the very limits of their abilities. But their efforts are not going unnoticed.
So ground-breaking are the possible results, their work is attracting attention from a number of quarters. The mysterious Professor Pretorius meets with Waldman and Frankenstein to get an update on the stage at which the project is at. During the meeting, it is clear that she has ultimate control over the research and has the power to close it down. Frankenstein is also approached by another party, someone who has a more personal interest in the doctor and her work: her ex- husband, Dr Henry Clerval.
Handsome, intelligent and deeply flawed, Clerval also works within the field of stem cell research. But where his ex-wife conducts her research for the public sector, his motivation is purely monetary and results are handed over to the private sector. Still harbouring a deep love for his ex-wife, he is genuinely concerned for Victoria and their terminally ill son; she feels, however, that his interest stems from a desire to sell her findings to the highest bidder and rejects his pleas to help her.
Convinced that the UX project is Williams last chance for survival and maddened by grief and desperation, Victoria secretly takes a sample of his blood and incorporates it into the programme. She tells no one of what she has done.
In the confines of a purpose built tank in the Graft Lab, the cells grow at an extraordinarily accelerated rate. As the cells diversify, mutate and re-form, Ed is astonished by their progression. When he notes the presence of what can only be a human tooth within the tank, he alerts Waldman. The two men confront her and the three then view X-Rays of the internal activity. They reveal a large mass of organs and tissue and as she peers into the tank an eye opens inside. Victoria realises with horror that she is no longer in control of the experiment; that the UX is breeding its own bio-organism and its alive!
At the same time, a late night call from the hospital delivers the news she has so feared; William has passed away and she is too late. As Clerval and Victoria bury their son, Waldman tells the exhausted scientist to take time off to grieve. With the experiment out of control, she asks that he and Ed terminate the UX project in her absence. Waldman ignores Victorias pleas and brings in Pretorius. She immediately acknowledges the extraordinary significance of Frankensteins experiment. A scientist too, she is unable to resist the possibilities. Ignoring all protocol, she instructs the men to continue with the UX project in Victorias absence.
When Frankenstein finally returns to work, she is horrified to see that her experiment is still live. As she argues with Waldman in his office about the termination of the UX, fate intervenes. A storm rages overhead and the lab experiences a power cut. As the machinery powers down, the tank empties its highly secret contents onto the floor of the lab. Amongst the mess of blood and tissue, a deformed figure escapes unseen into the night.
Unsure of what the tank actually contained, Waldman and his team swing into damage limitation mode and assure Pretorius that every piece of tissue is accounted for. But with the UX creation at large, no one can forsee the horror their actions have unleashed.Terrified and alone, the monster seeks safety and refuge; he seeks his creator. But he is so disfigured, he is met only with revulsion. Shunned at every turn, revulsion turns to fear which in turn erupts in terrible violence. When the UX returns to the place of its birth, Victoria must face her experiment. As the monster rampages through the laboratory destroying everything and everyone in its path, she must accept the cost of science pursued without a sense of responsibility and the horrific consequences of her actions .
Starring: Helen McCrory, James Purefoy, Neil Pearson, Benedict Wong, Fraser James, Lindsay Duncan, Ace Bhatti, Julian Bleach