Movie Review: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”Published by Clay Cane on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 11:46 am.
Summary: After a nine year-old Abraham Lincoln sees his mother killed by a racist vampire, it’s his life’s mission to hunt all of the undead.
Review: Abraham Lincoln and vampire hunter is an unlikely match. What could these two possibly have in common? And although it was a best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, can it translate onscreen? It is a cinematic challenge to take a film seriously that shows Abe Lincoln, played by Benjamin Walker, doing Matrix-like butt-kicking with the backdrop of the Civil War. The critics already damned Abe and the vamps to hell the minute they heard the title. Therefore, it has no fighting chance.
Is the Timur Bekmambetov-directed film a brilliant piece of work? No. But expecting brilliance from a film with this title is like expecting a moral compass from pornography. But it’s just as good as Twilight (yeah, I said it) and there isn’t a trite teen love story or a sexist ideology that says: “Lose everything for a man, including your soul.” In the genre of vampire films, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a good flick. Outside of the genre, it’s below average.
Moving on to the part of the plot set during slavery, many are giving it the side-eye. Unlike high-brow flicks which tackle race and the South, there was no shuffling. Nor were there any deep country accents, mammies or slaves whistling “Dixie.” Anthony Mackie plays William Johnson, Abe Lincoln’s best friend (who existed in real life), a free Black man who was trying to avoid slave masters attempting to take his freedom. William and Abe’s friendship is almost like Batman and Robin, but the topic of race is handled respectfully, which some argue even The Help couldn’t get right.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is uselessly in 3D and soaked with annoying CGI and slow motion action, which can account for the nearly $70 million budget. If anything, the cheese-ball effects and superhero-like stunts give it a stake through the heart — I enjoyed the characters more than the action. Nonetheless, audiences just might latch onto Honest Abe and his disdain for vamps. I can’t deny it, there is enough fun to enjoy the quick running time. Be sure to revisit your history books, however – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is not for history buffs.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is in theaters now.