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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter



Benjamin Walker
Dominic Cooper
Anthony Mackie
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Rufus Sewell
Marton Csokas

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

I wasn’t holding on to my seat as I watched, I wasn’t jumping for joy as the bad guys get axed and wasn’t thrilled by the lines either but I loved the way Lincoln handled the axe.

The movie is based on the 2010 mash-up novel of the same name written by Seth Grahame-Smith. The film was directed and co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov, along with one of my favorite film makers Tim Burton. Like in the movie poster, the real life figure of Lincoln is seen identifying him as a vampire hunter, who goes hunting to save America from the blood suckers.

Anthony Mackie was the high note in the movie, as he played Abe’s longtime friend Will, who later joined in the hunt of the un-dead, it mostly his portrayal of the character that made his presence more pronounce than that of the lead Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln).

The plot is a little loose, as it portrays vampires as one of the pioneers of slave trade, before the Civil War. In Lincoln’s attempt to stop their reign and expansion, the American Civil War broke out. The Civil War saw men going after vampires that can only be killed by silver, it was a massacre on both sides, till Abe stepped up to the task; willing the axe all over the place, with his life almost cut short a couple of times, he always found a way to still come out on top and mostly unharmed.

The script is everywhere, the tale is a little shallow, and something’s didn’t add up. But maybe it was me, but I expected better cinematography, wasn’t so thrilled by some camera angles. Tim Burton’s presence can be felt in the directing style, but his production power is lacking and the actors kind of grew into their roles, meaning at first they all seemed to be not so into it.

Unlike the mock buster Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies, this movie had Abe start with no beards, just a young man out for revenge. After he got into politics the beards showed.

Also the movie didn’t have wise cracks like the mock buster. Anthony Mackie did well here compared to the mockery acting displayed in the movie, Man On The Ledge. Benjamin Walker is a new face to me, but I guess he will now be known as the man who played Abraham Lincoln, in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Go see it, it was ok.

Brave (2012)

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Brave (2012)


Kelly Macdonald
Julie Walters
Billy Connolly
Emma Thompson
Kevin McKidd
Craig Ferguson

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures

Brave is Pixar's move away from child focus animation to an animation with a plot that had some drama. The movie is enjoyable, especially if you don't know much about the movie and you stayed away from the trailers, I was surprised at the turn of events majorly the whole mother and daughter connection, caught me off guard as i was accustomed to the male lead world. Brave is a change from the regular, having a female lead is something, having two female leads and no romance or male attachment involved is a stab in the dark, a chance that Pixar took, a chance that was met with positive reviews and a good stake in the box office returns that year, as it was a commercial success.

After the movie is over you will know immediately that this is not going to win any Oscar, but you will feel glad that you have seen a nice movie.

Brave is a 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film from Pixar. It was set in the highlands of 10th century Scotland, and the lead role Merida is Pixar's first female protagonist. The movie is directed by Brenda Chapman who is Pixar's first female director and she also wrote the story.

The thing I want you to look out for when you are watching this movie is Merida's brothers, those kids were a menace to the power of 3.

Giving you the plot of the movie without revealing much is going to be quite hard, but I will try. Merida defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting with a witch for help, she is given a cake that caused a change of events in her family, now Merida has to undo the spell herself before it is too late.

The movie's flow is kind of shallow, and the movie looked short, like more could have happened and it didn't. You will love the scenery and the way the women were different from the men in the area of manners and thought. The movie did drive a message though, that both mothers and daughters have to communicate, with both leaving room to understand the other. But the message may not go down well the male viewers who were probably looking for some action.

Voice casting is a part of the movie I enjoyed. It was Scottish to the core.

I can't say for certain if the movie will bring in the regular money that Pixar is use to too, but I do know it is not a bad watch. It is something you will enjoy.