Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an over-the-top action film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. An adaptation from a popular book of the same title, this film sadly does not live up to its predecessor.

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an over-the-top action film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. An adaptation from a popular book of the same title, this film sadly does not live up to its predecessor.

Young Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) begins his career in vampire hunting when he takes revenge on the man who killed his mother, and discovers that this person is a bloodsucking beast. Rescued by Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), he teaches Lincoln all the necessary skills a vampire hunter needs. By day Lincoln is a quiet man studying to be a lawyer and gaining the affection of Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), by night he fights a secret war against vampires who wish to take over the country.

Naturally, the movie is as ludicrous as it should be taken with a sense of humor. It glosses over the historical details of Lincoln’s life and the turbulent period surrounding the Civil War while he cuts down both trees and vampires with a single blow of his ax. However, the movie doesn’t share this attitude and takes itself much too seriously to have any fun with the silly concept.

As the film ignores most of the historical details, it also under-develops most of the secondary characters, leaving little reason to care about what happens on screen. The film doesn’t even give many details on the main villains, only a shallow back story of the lead vampire is told.

Fortunately, the relationship between Lincoln and Mary, the absurd depiction of the First Couple, is well supported by Walker and Winstead’s great performances, creating an emotional connection that the film desperately needs.

The quality of the cinematography is a bit spotty. The action sequences are well choreographed but these parts constantly overuse slow-motion. The film also panders to the 3-D technology, with flying splinters, running horses, and dust affects coming directly at the screen in several instances.

Some fun and a few scary moments can be found within Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but it is neither a goofy action flick, nor a horror film. It mostly consists of carefully choreographed action set pieces with little depth or enthusiasm in between.

Rating: R
Running time: 105min‎‎




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