Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of one of the greatest US presidents, and the untold story that shaped a nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest ...more
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of one of the greatest US presidents, and the untold story that shaped a nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead. less
“The interesting mix of history and myth offers a refreshing movie experience. The action is satisfying and the many twists keep you involved. Go for it!”
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What would you expect from a movie with a title like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? A history lesson? Definitely not the kinds that would help you ace your history exams. A comic book adaptation this movie paints Lincoln as a deeply tormented soul whos not just leading a nation but saving it from the undead vampire horde, who murdered his mother.
Oddly enough with a whimsical title as its this is quite a serious concoction of the mythology. The story is littered with plenty of twists and turns at every step of the way right down to many leads being painted in grey rather than simple black and white, which makes for a refreshing change from the usual clichd setup.
Timur Bekmabetov known for his slow-mo technique in his earlier work effectively employs the same here to breathtaking results. The fight aboard the train and the grand finale in particular are an absolute treat. I havent watched the movie in 3D so wont be able to comment on that aspect.
Of the cast two names stand out, Rufus Sewell as Adam, the alpha-vampire and Dominic Cooper as Henry, Abes mentor. Sewell particularly has this ability to sound smooth yet malicious with ease and Cooper has an incredible intensity. Benjamin Walker is kind of bland while Anthony Mackie is underused in a largely thankless role.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is quite an action spectacle and oddly satisfying if you can get past its chequered history. Lincoln in the movie fights to abolish slavery and fights vampires to do so and what do you know, more than a hundred years later, Wesley Snipes plays the most bad-ass vampire hunter ever seen onscreen, progress or what?