Movie Review: ABRAHAM LINCOLN - VAMPIRE HUNTER

PrintE-mail Written by Katherine McLaughlin

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter / Cert: 15 / Director: Timur Bekmambetov / Screenplay: Seth Grahame-Smith / Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Rufus Sewell / Release Date: Out Now

Based on the book of the same title by Seth Grahame-Smith which pits the 16th President of the USA against fanged foes who wish to take over the country this film was never going to be anything other than silly. The trailer paints a darker film than is on offer though and it does have a lightness of comedy, one-liners and a romantic element to it that interlude with the action. Director Timur Bakmambetov brought both the excellent Night Watch and Day Watch to the big screen and though they feature bloodsuckers this has more in common with Wanted where the visuals, fight scenes and set pieces are the focus.

When Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) is a young boy his mother is murdered by a vampire and thus he swears to avenge her death. Fast forward to Lincoln as a young man on the night he chooses to take revenge on this monster and this is where he meets Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) a vampire hunter who teaches him the trade and prepares him for battle. The backdrop of the civil war is mostly wasted and the slavery trade isn’t really dealt with, instead Lincoln’s relationships with the characters he meets on the way to the top are relied on to move the story along.

The kills are quick and brutal with the vampires’ features similar to that in the Fright Night remake and the fight scenes are Matrix style madness.  Face burning, jaw breaking and new rules about the living only being able to kill the dead are introduced, which add to the ever increasing Vampire laws. There are a few montage scenes involving much axe twirling by Lincoln which will make you cringe, but it is all in fitting with the ludicrous nature of the film. Sage advice from elders, curse words and long speeches dominate the dialogue and a certain amount of unintentional comedy comes out of this.

There are also some exceptionally odd moments including Lincoln walking home his soon to be wife Mary after a romantic picnic and pretending the basket is yapping at her. A horse throwing fight scene and a Lost Boys moment where someone (not grandpa) drives a horse drawn carriage through the front of a house to save the day. Sometimes you will be staring at the screen in disbelief as to what is going on but most of the time you should be laughing at the insanity of it all.  An enjoyable guilty pleasure where the nonsensical meets some stylish visuals. The 3D is pointless though.

Expected Rating: 6 out of 10

Actual Rating:


Suggested Articles:
Volumes of Blood impressed a lot of genre-loving folks in 2015 with a low-budget underdog approach t
Dawn Of The Deaf is an engaging, horrifying, mystifying and, due to its brief length, tantalising ta
Ordinarily, explaining the concept of a short would be bad form to even consider, but Rites of Venge
With For a Good Time, Call… horror short heroine Izzy Lee (whose gender-flipped Lovecraft tale Inn
scroll back to top

Comments  

 
0 #4 Denise 2012-06-23 03:36
Abe killing vamps, freeing slaves, saving the nation - all in a stylish top hat with an ax. The movie was great - a very entertaining blend of fantasy and history. Go see it - makes "history" come to life as it puts the undead to rest.
Quote
 
 
0 #3 Paul Mount 2012-06-20 22:10
Waaaahhh!
Quote
 
 
0 #2 Melissa Grey 2012-06-20 20:31
Forget Prometheus, the Avengers, and the Dark Knight rises. This is the genre movie I've been waiting for all year. Because c'mon . . . Abraham Lincoln. He's like the second coolest American president (sorry, Abe, but nobody beats FDR).
Quote
 
 
0 #1 Paul Mount 2012-06-20 19:51
Saw it this afternoon and really enjoyed it but then I expected to. Mad, raucous fun with some good performances and FX which only lose their way in the last reel. Hugely entertaining.
Quote
 

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Movie Reviews

VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES 16 August 2017

DAWN OF THE DEAF [SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

RITES OF VENGEANCE [SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…[SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

A GHOST STORY 15 August 2017

THE DOMICILE 14 August 2017

ALIEN: REIGN OF MAN 07 August 2017

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS 06 August 2017

THE EMOJI MOVIE 06 August 2017

ANNABELLE: CREATION 04 August 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner