Movie Review: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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Abraham Lincoln (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

History fused with one of the most loved and popular creatures known to man can be a very nice and effective combination.

Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced — as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthristy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation’s favorite president…as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. — (C)

The story tells about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovering vampires’ plan to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

For me, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is director Bekmambetov’s most unsubstantial movie yet.  He was original, inventive and genre-bending on Wanted, but with Abraham Lincoln, he kind of fell short.  The intention of providing a History Lesson – Fantasy mash-up was there, but the problem was, I saw zero excitement and innovation.

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Source: Rotten Tomatoes

The fight scenes left me wanting more. It’s an effin vampire R-Rated movie!  The least of my worries was for them to play it safe.  But they did play safe.  I was expecting that this movie would be so gory and grotesque, but again, it fell short.  Yeah the scenes were dark, but it was too dark I could not recognize the actual fight and choreography, if there was such.

Again the action/fight scenes showed nothing new to the plate.  I can see bits and pieces of other movie moments all glued together in one mediocre film.  For instance, the whole horse chase scene with Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) and vampire Adam (Rufus Sewell) was too indulgent and too CG that it looked so fake, they looked like the CG Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Agent Smith on the Matrix.  Then add up a little more Sherlock Holmes, Sweeney Todd and even Wild Wild West into the mix, and we get Abe.

how REAL is that?

Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln was actually good and believable, but It was not enough to elevate the film to greater heights.  Probably because of the whole script and plot.  Screenplay Writer Seth Grahame-Smith, which was also the writer of the novel, should have written something else for the movie that is politically-stricken and out-of-the-box, with different political analogies that people of today can relate.

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not ENOUGH BLOOD!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was good, but unfortunately not good enough for me.  We may be forgetting about this movie in a few months time, maybe sooner.

3.0 out of 5

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