Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

2012

Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller / Western

258
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 35%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 51%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 138127

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Marton Csokas as Jack Barts
Rufus Sewell as Adam
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln
Anthony Mackie as Will Johnson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Kydd 7 / 10

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ***½ (7/10)

Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)

USA 2012 English (Colour); Horror/Action/Fantasy/Thriller (Twentieth Century Fox/Dune); 105 minutes (15 certificate)

Crew includes: Timur Bekmambetov (Director); Seth Grahame-Smith (Screenwriter, adapting his Novel ***½ [7/10]); Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, Jim Lemley (Producers); Michele Wolkoff, John J. Kelly, Simon Kinberg, Seth Grahame-Smith (Executive Producers); Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographer); François Audouy (Production Designer); William Hoy (Editor); Henry Jackman (Composer)

Cast includes: Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln), Dominic Cooper (Henry Sturges), Anthony Mackie (Will Johnson), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Mary Todd Lincoln), Rufus Sewell (Adam), Marton Csokas (Jack Barts), Jimmi Simpson (Joshua Speed), Joseph Mawle (Thomas Lincoln), Robin McLeavy (Nancy Lincoln); Alan Tudyk (uncredited)

"President by day. Hunter by night."

Having discovered that vampires exist and that his mother was killed by one, the future 16th President of the United States (Walker) is recruited by a mysterious, shades-wearing figure (Cooper) and trained to lead a double life as a silver axe-wielding hunter, determined to rid his troubled nation of these ferocious demons, and of their invincible creator (Sewell).

Crying out not to be taken seriously, what develops nonetheless from this pretty preposterous premise is a straight-faced blast of an offbeat monster movie (incorporating two massive set pieces), with excitement and style to spare, and lashings of gore.

Its otherwise authentic biographical background makes for a grotesque history lesson (of sorts).

Blu-ray Extras: Commentary, Documentary, Graphic Novel, Music Video, Trailer. ***½ (7/10)

Reviewed by Mihai Toma 8 / 10

An interesting re-imagining of Abraham Lincoln

As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln loses his mother to an unknown disease which later proves to be the work of a vampire. Trained by a new close friend Henry, with a story of his own regarding vampires, Abe becomes a legend in eliminating the undead but he eventually marries and retires from this gruesome hobby. Time passes but Abraham, who's become president, is not allowed to rest as the leader of vampires prepares a devastating war in order to take over America. Together with his friends and helped by his experience, Abe must once again save the situation which is in need of a savior.

It's an interesting action-horror movie which "creates" a different version of the history of Abraham Lincoln, posing him as a vampire hunter with a silver axe as his weapon. It features impressive slow- motion undead kills with great moves through eye-taking computer generated imagery. Its story unfortunately isn't on par with its good parts as it is linear and predictable most of the time. Its characters aren't very complex either but they are well played by their actors. It looks good and it is pretty enjoyable, if you're able to withstand the horror part. I certainly did so I ended up seeing a good film.

Reviewed by MannyInNewYork 8 / 10

A tall tale told honestly

Good stuff. First off, ignore the negative reviews - I really don't understand what is wrong with those people – were the expecting Fellini or Coppola? This is an action, quasi-horror, quasi-love story that plays on some aspects of history to deliver a curiously entertaining movie.

We follow Lincoln from his youth to his demise. We learn that aside from his politics, he has been drawn into the world of vampires when one of them kills his mother (as an act of revenge because his parents stood up to slave drivers). Sounds ridiculous doesn't it? Somehow it all works. Abe is obsessed with avenging his mother's murder and that's what launches this movie into the land of the weird.

As a viewer I found that I liked Abe, liked his wife (Mary Todd probably did not look this good), liked his friends and enjoyed the high intensity action scenes. There's not a lot of character development but there is enough to make it interesting. Of course there's a "big villain " and a showdown. What I didn't expect was the great cinematography in some of scenes – the show down on horses and the train scene were awesome, almost hallucinatory.

It's a fun movie with likable characters, action, some suspense and some odd twists on history. Much, much better than I expected.

Just put it on, don't overthink it and have a good time. I've seen it several times and it doesn't disappoint.

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