Election time is almost here, how about a superhuman president? “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Review
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Screenwriter: Seth Grahame-Smith
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for violence throughout and brief sexuality)
Go watch the movie. That is all I need to say, I’m certain that you will find it entertaining. Yes you haven’t really gotten enough information about the movie, and you don’t know what to expect, but it honestly is what you see in the trailers. Let me tell you that it’s very likely that you won’t fall in love with this movie, but it is nonetheless a perfect way to spend a couple of hours locked away in a movie theater.
Let’s say you are like me, it feels like forever since I studied History of the United States, yet I do know certain mayor facts. If you go see this movie, you will feel a bit out of the loop, since people, scenes, dates, and events are based on the real life of President Lincoln. Of course not everything is real: come on, do you really think he was as awkward with the ladies as he is portrayed in the film?
The movie is full of adventure and extraordinary events that are in no way a reflection of Abraham Lincoln’s actual life. There are points in which Lincoln’s abilities rival that of a superhero with powers like super strength, super speed, incredible agility, and a 5th sense for danger (notice I said 5th and not 6th since it’s not like a “spidey” sense but it involves the use of augmented use of his 5 senses).
The movie is directed by Timur Bekmambetov who had previously directed a little film by the name of Wanted. Naturally this is very apparent throughout the film, even the movie trailer reminds you of that fact. In a post-Matrix film industry, this movie is immersed in slow-mo impossibly shot action sequences. The crew does do a good job at not overusing that specific special effect, and use it sparingly in those intense scenes.
I really liked the movie, despite its far fetched scenes and characters, it’s what makes the movie that much better. The cast is quite brilliant and very fitting throughout the film, Lincoln himself felt well cast despite my initial concerns. Ladies, if you want to take your guy to a movie they will actually enjoy, make sure to keep this movie in mind for date night.
If you have not yet read the book from which this movie was based on, like me, it will definitely make you want to. I’m curious to see what they added or failed to incorporate in the film version of the best-selling book. I remember passing it various times at my local bookstore, and now I regret not having picked it up. A side effect of the movie though is that you may feel compelled to watch the actual Abraham Lincoln biopic that will star Daniel Day-Lewis coming up soon.