Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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Given the rarity of good films made in Hollywood these days, I had no reasonable expectations, statistically, for a good film here. So I went into the cinema and hoped for the best, but expected nothing.
Imagine my surprise when I found that "Abe Lincoln" is 1. a well-acted period film with great sets and costumes, 2. a wildly paced action special effects feast, 3. an effectively witty self-satirical historical rewrite and 4. a gruesomely graphic horror flick! I don't see this as a perfect film--it's got flaws. But the handful of flaws that bother me, I can ignore, because this is a film made with a joyous spirit, and the overall structure works well. I've seen this five times in the theatre at this point. I haven't seen a film that many times theatrically in over twenty years! I had read the book and enjoyed it, but had no idea what the film version might be like. As has been noted elsewhere, the book and the movie are two completely different things: The book delivers a more intellectual experience, and the film delivers a more emotional experience. Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has tailored his book into something simpler and less grim for the screen. I think the decision to make the film a fun action movie was a smart one. It's a wild ride.
History is transformed into mythic fantasy in this yarn detailing the never-before-told story of Lincoln's lifelong battles with supernatural evil. Indeed, the opening words of narration, "History prefers legends to men," express the awareness that events are altered in retrospection, to suit our thirst for myth, for purity of rights and wrongs.Read more ›
Our story begins by weaving motive. Young Abraham witnesses the death of his mother at the hand of a vampire. From that day into adulthood, Abraham (Benjamin Walker in his first major role and looking like a young Liam Neeson) seeks revenge against that vampire, but hates them all.
Honest Abe is trained by Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), who is as un-Yoda-like as it gets complete with rigid rules, a temper and a penchant for exterminating all vampires. One must wonder why. Of course, there's a story there, the explanation of which would spoil the movie. He is backed by his best friend Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie), a freeborn black man who has some unexplained skill for martial arts (in a time when it was generally unknown to the West) and axe-spinning (even though he lacked Sturgess' Jedi tutelage).
Abe marries Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), with whom he shares a life veiled from the truth behind his night life and political ambitions. In fact, this is where knowing some simple history gets fun. You'll grin as you see political campaigns and war tactics steered by anti-vampire stratagem.
Our vampiric antagonist is effectively portrayed by professional villain Rufus Sewell.Read more ›
What makes it even more delicious is that there are now some totally baffled Americans out there who think it really is 'the true story of America's 16th president'!!!
I am wheedling to get it as an xmas prezzie!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not some thought provoking, deep thinking movie.
This movie was made for entertainment, and it delivered very well
Amazing how well it sticks to history, while portraying this fictional sub-plot!Published 5 days ago by Karl Haas
Not your average vampire movie. I love it! Great fight scenes & love the integration of history. I'm very happy I bought this! :)Published 6 days ago by ARALOHA
This movie was really good to me. I am quite pleased with my purchase and the price too.Published 11 days ago by ShayBali
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, which made the topic...almost plausible. The movie stretched the rubber band of suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Much too much CGI. Read morePublished 22 days ago by William S. Maley
Not what I expected however that is a good thing! Now, I would love to see some movies like this with important people in history in it.Published 22 days ago by Tish
Please read the book first by Seth Grahame-Smith. Its really good and a lot of this movie is missing key parts from the book, especially the ending! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Simon
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