27 June 2012

Film Reviews - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter today \o/

Certificate – 15
Running time – 105
Scene after the credits – Nope

Cast –
Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln
Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess
Anthony Mackie as Will Johnson
Mary Winstead as Mary Lincoln
Rufus Sewell as Adam

The plot

Explores the secret life of the America's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, and the untold story that shaped the nation. The president discovers blood-thirsty vampires are planning to take over the United States.

Lincoln makes it his mission to eliminate them, becoming history's greatest hunter of the undead.

What's right with it?

From the start it gets you hooked on the story with the young Abe growing up and finding out just why he becomes a Vampire Hunter. You also get a good history lesson in which is fun to see all the details that have changed due to the introduction of blood suckers.

The action scenes are superb. Yep some are WAY over the top, especially the bit with the horses but that's what makes them fun and it's a joy seeing the new and unique ways that Abe dispatches the Vampyrs.

Speaking of those fiends I really liked the unique take on them in this film.

Benjamin Walker as Abe is great, he just steals the show and towards the end really lives up to the president that we all know and love.

What’s wrong with it?

There's a certain rule you find out pretty early on in the movie about the non-reflectos which goes completely out of the window by the third act. Not too much of a problem but it bothered me a little.

There's a character introduced early on which to many is a fan favourite actor. I expected him to be the big bad but he never shows up or is mentioned again.

Who the hell was that guy? People who have seen the film will know what I'm on about. Maybe it's revealed in the book?

Best Scene?

The reveal of just what Lincolns Axe can do

Best Quote?

Henry Sturgess: A man only drinks like that when he's planning to kiss a girl or kill a man. Which is it?

Lincoln: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Bonus Trivia

Based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name written by author Seth Grahame-Smith. He also wrote the awesome book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, of which the film adaptation is currently in development limbo.

Joaquin Phoenix was the first choice for the role of Henry Sturgess, but turned it down.

Final Thoughts

It's a fun film based on a whacky concept that just works

My Advice?

Go see it!

I'm gonna go read the book

and remember....be Excellent to each other.....



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