Title: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Screenplay by: Seth Grahame-Smith
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov
Producers: Timur Bekmambetov, Tim Burton, Jim Lemley
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Budget: $69 million dollars
Well, I have just seen this movie cos me and my sister wanted to watch something in the cinemas and the only choices were Spiderman, Magic Mike, Kimmy Dora (a local movie) and this, Abraham Lincoln. We’ve already watched Spiderman (review to come) and we don’t want the other two movies so we chose this. And might I say, it was an incredible film. I’ve heard it was nice so I gave it a try.
Why is it a good film to watch?
Well, it is about American history, about the sixteenth American president, Abraham Lincoln and how he fought war against slavery and pushed a better financial modernization throughout the whole of America BUT with a weird twist of a story, his adversaries are vampires. Yes, you’ve read that right, vampires. He is fighting against vampires. At first, he seeks revenge but then it has become so natural of him to kill them because he was trained well by a vampire, named Henry, – who hates vampires as well – because they took everything away from him, even his own life, his mortality. So, Abraham went on and on in killing them and wishes to see a world without those fanged-bloodsuckers. See the story? It is interesting, isn’t it? American history/politics/reality+fictional mythology (vampires)+biography of Abraham Lincoln = An interestingly, fun-to-watch and a one-of-a-kind film!
But I do not like the feel/color of the entire film. I get it that the settings is supposed to be 1840’s but the whole of the film looks dull because it’s too brown. I get it that they wanted to show that the film is from an old era but still they can do it without setting the whole of the movie into sepia mode. The costumes of the characters can already tell the viewers that it isn’t in the present time. Also, I find the swinging-of-the-axe-when-he-kills-a-vampire a bit boring when he repeated it throughout the film. Okay, I get it, that is where he is good at and he was trained to swing an axe to kill blodsuckers but please, he had done it more than 10 times in the film and it actually had bored me a bit (I don’t know with you guys), he should’ve tried something else, like shooting guns or learning karate (lol I kidd). But other than that, I can say the effects, the scenes, the plot etc. are perfect. And the casting is great by the way, I couldn’t see anyone who could play Abraham Lincoln much better than Benjamin Walker.
I know a lot of people are saying this right now: “Vampires should look like that. Not like Edward Cullen, sparkling.” LOL yeah, I like Twilight (oh, please don’t kill me) but I find it also weird that the vampires in the novel/film are sparkling. That’s a very funny thing to imagine, see? They weren’t able to pull it off on screen. But I wouldn’t want the “Twilight guys” to look like the vampires in this film LOL Too scary!! I wouldn’t think Bella would fall in love with a creepy looking vamp!
So, I’m giving this film a 4/5 stars. I liked it but I wouldn’t be watching it again anytime soon. Maybe next year though, just for a recap. Watch for yourselves and critique on your own! 🙂
Here’s the trailer of the movie: