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Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

June 23, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • Starring:  Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double).
  • Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted)
  • Synopsis: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.” (Collider)
  • Rated: Rated R for gore, violence, and brief language and sexual content.
  • Trailer:

Okay, First and foremost, this is not a movie that claims to be historically accurate. So let’s get that straight. I mean, did you read the title? If you are going to this movie expecting the accuracies that you were supposed to be learning -but instead slept through- in your history classes, then this is NOT the movie for you! Although, some of you might accept this movie as fact having not paid ANY attention to your history teacher! (shakes head). That being said, producer Tim Burton and director Timur Bekmambetov have put together a rather surprisingly good and imaginative movie that does something I thought impossible: Make the 16th President of the United States even COOLER!

 

Every time this movie trailer would play before other feature films I would hear laughter, comments like “That’s Stupid!”, and a few “Boooos” here and there. And I will admit, I really wasn’t too sure about this movie. I mean, Abraham Lincoln was NOT a vampire hunter! I know! You see, I have a college degree in HISTORY! 😀 So, with low expectations, I ventured into the theater for a 19th century adventure that I never saw coming!

Almost the entire movie takes place in a flashback…and then proceeds to more flashbacks withIN flashbacks. We begin with Abraham Lincoln as a boy and quickly see him come of age with nothing but revenge in his heart and vengeance as his guide. Crossing paths with an experienced tutor of sorts, Henry Sturgess (brilliantly played by Dominic Cooper since Joaquin Phoenix turned the part down.), Honest Abe ventures on a path of indignation and deliverance of a land from the pestilence of the undead. Along the way, he falls in love, seeks political stature, and rekindles friendships of old. With quite the mashup of Marvel’s Blade meets Showtime’s Dexter, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings on the blood and battles of a man who fights for more than he himself. And the action is amazing!

The great assembled cast includes Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, etc. and keeps good acting a part of this outlandish/believable tale. With an impressive infusion of historical people and events, the movie retains a jilted sense of authenticity that allows the mind to entertain the hilarious notion that it could’ve happened. Use of historical figures and events such as Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, Harriet Tubman, Mary Todd Lincoln, the Civil War, Ford’s Theater, and more really added to the “aha” moments in the film and sparked smiles at the realization of what they just did!

I was delightfully impressed. The film puts a fun twist that tempts at reality.

Come on, baby, just do the twist! LOL

Although the pace slows towards the middle, and although the all too convenient repeated rescues that take place end up redundantly expected, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a fun time at the theater. Surprise!! haha.

Is it bloody? yes. A little hokey at times? yes. A bit outlandish and too over-the-top to be accepted as true? sure. An Axe-swinging Abraham Lincoln, Keep-your-eyes-glued-to-the-screen kind of film? You BETCHA!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an intense action film that surprisingly entertains the mind and the action junkie beyond expectation. With a darker more serious tone that anticipated, it blends real life and historical issues with a new fantasy of adventure that was very fun to watch. Something new…and not rehashed…which, of course, is often refreshing in this world of remakes, sequels, prequels, and reboots. Check it out.

Lincoln sits on the “Throne of cool.”

The only thing that would’ve made this film even better for me: if during the credits, Lincoln took his axe and decapitated a few “sparkling” vampires of the Twilight persuasion! ROTFLOL 😀

Score:  3 out of 5 stars for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: Rock of Ages!

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2012 10:39 am

    Well! You sound much more enthused about this flick than I am, for sure.

    We’re not too far apart grade wise though, I gave it a C, which for me is like a 2.5…

    Glad you enjoyed it, I felt it was a bit generic outside of the high concept of Ab fighting vampires…

    Good times though, fun read.

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    • June 25, 2012 9:45 am

      hahahaha. Yes, I did enjoy it quite a bit. I saw your review as well. Made me laugh. Thanks for checking out mine. It’s funny how we were kinda opposites this past weekend.

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  2. June 23, 2012 12:48 pm

    I genuinely liked it 😀
    but not many people seem to be happy about it 😦

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    • June 25, 2012 9:45 am

      haha. as did I. Kinda like John Carter.

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  3. drkaman permalink
    June 23, 2012 6:02 pm

    Great review T! I look forward to watching it even more now.

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    • June 25, 2012 9:44 am

      Awesome man. Can’t wait for you to see it.

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  4. June 23, 2012 8:30 pm

    Hey, I’m gonna see this next weekend. As you know, the draw for me is Rufus Sewell. Glad it’s not a complete bust the way the critics made it out to be. I still wish they had gone with a more tongue-in-cheek approach though.

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    • June 25, 2012 9:44 am

      I can’t wait to see what you think. Sewell was great in his role. Nice to see him in not so much of a “background” role this time around.

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      • June 25, 2012 12:13 pm

        Yep, that’s what I’m hoping, more screen time for Rufus! I mean it’s atrocious what they did to him in The Tourist in a blink-an-you-miss-him role! 😦

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      • June 26, 2012 10:13 pm

        I will def be interested in knowing what you think. I really didn’t think you’d be headed to the cinema to check this one out!

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  5. June 24, 2012 5:22 pm

    I want to see this. I just looked at its RT score, and it seems because the movie didn’t take a comedic approach they deemed it bad…which seems a bit silly t me

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    • June 25, 2012 9:42 am

      I recommend it sir. Much better than what RT is putting it out there as.

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  6. June 25, 2012 8:47 am

    Wow! U liked it! I am honestly surprised at your score, but I am glad to see that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed from the trailer. There is rarely a movie that I have absolutely no interest in, but I have absolutely no interest in this one…lol.

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    • June 25, 2012 8:49 am

      BTW…Thanks for the love with the links. I had to link your Vampire review on my posts because I know alot of followers were wanting a review for this one, and I knew I had the perfect Film critic to give them what they wanted 😉

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      • June 25, 2012 9:36 am

        My pleasure. and Thank YOU for your kind words and the link love!

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    • June 25, 2012 9:37 am

      I did enjoy it quite a bit more than expected. ha. it was fun! Perhaps you just might go check it out? 🙂

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      • June 25, 2012 9:45 am

        Ummmmm…u won’t see me in the theatre watching this one unless i need a place to sit while waiting for my next feature to start while theatre hoping…lol

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