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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.


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