Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Is Bloody Killer

July 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 112

When we think back on the history of the United States of America and its 16th President, Abraham Lincoln (played by the soon-to-be star Benjamin Walker), a few things come to mind: height, soaring speeches, unabashed honesty, emancipation, greatness, iconic, tragic death... but... highly- skilled monster vanquisher? Not so much. However, in the recently released blood-soaked, horror thriller Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (AL:VH for the remainder because that's a friggin' long ass title) we'll freeze our disbelief for the cause and a great time in the midst of a blazing summer's ultra-cool flick.

Based on the popular work of fiction (did we really need that disclaimer... smh) from author Seth Grahame-Smith, who claimed to have been given a secret diary kept by the 16th POTUS by Lincoln's vampire cohort Henry Sturges, played brilliantly here by the über-talented Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double, Captain America: The First Avenger). After a young Lincoln watches as his mother is brutally, virally murdered by a slave-driving vampire, Jack Barts (Martin Csokas), in her sleep - due to a debt owed by his family - the young boy sets out with his detached father (who lies to him, telling Lincoln she was poisoned) to live out the rest of his life with a big chip on his high shoulder. In his early diary entires, he vows to kill as many vampires as he can... and eventually will.

Fast forward to a teenage Lincoln (17-18), one who attempts to get at Barts at the docks but bites off more than he can chew and takes a nice little beating from the monster, who reveals his nature fully via some nasty, gory FX work (which is all pretty phenomenal throughout, more on this in a bit). Back up a bit - all this after Lincoln initially lures him in and puts a buckshot in his right eye. As he begins to depart, Barts rises quietly and attacks him again from off screen (which warrants a seat jump) and is about to kill him before Sturges shows up and intervenes, sending Barts flying in another awesome slow-motion FX blast. Thus begins their relationship. In short, Sturges reveals to Lincoln that vampires do exist, all descendants of a vampire named Adam (Rufus Sewell) and that he is also a crusader for good. Eventually, Lincoln persuades Sturges to teach him the ways of a vampire slayer (think Buffy, but far more masculine and WAY darker) so that he may dish vengeance to his mother's killer.

We watch as Lincoln sets out in Springfield, friendless and alone, as an assassin of sorts, being sent marks by Sturges that he is sanctioned to eliminate. Little do we know that Sturges has an agenda of his own (one we won't give away here). In the midst of his missions Lincoln befriends (against his employers wishes) his employer Joshua Speed (Jimmi Simpson) and reconnects with childhood friend, former slave and Underground Railroad hero, Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie). He also manages to become romantically connected with his future wife Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and create a political lane for himself after a close-call with death causes him to rethink his future as a hunter. Guess he managed to work out his "chip" after brutally killing 7-8 vampires with a silver tipped axe - one he's quite handy with, might I add. It's pure, visceral fun watching a young Lincoln in his prime wielding an axe and chopping off the heads of his would-be killers. Blood and entrails fly left, right and off the screen. BTW, check this out in 3D - even with the conversion - its easy to see that director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) set this film up for the otherwise gimmicky format, despite not having given the 3D cameras a whirl. We thought with this being such a dark film (via the surprisingly beautiful cinematography) the glasses might serve as a hindrance, but we were in fact mistaken. The 3D lent itself well, especially to the heightened action.

It proved interesting and fun, being somewhat of a history buff, watching as the major beats in Lincoln's stint happen, while the reasoning behind each one is altered for the sake of story. Each event in his life was accurately portrayed, the fictitious portions being the secret diary entries serving as the catalysts. We loved the way the two elements were intertwined, making history more fun than it actually is. Hey, we probably slept through a few minutes of a class or two... don't act as though you were wide-eyed through every single one. The performances are great (even though we feel Sewell was underutilized), the story is fun and the action/effects are both top-notch. We should note that relative newcomer Benjamin Walker does a stellar job as the war-torn, national hero and you should expect to see him around a lot more as this should catapult his career. Go in expecting to see some incredibly far-reaching, ridiculous moments and save the criticisms and Oscar-calibur stuff for Spielberg's Lincoln bio-pic starring Daniel Day Lewis. This one is killer and makes an already amazingly cool POTUS even cooler.

3/5 Taped Glasses

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Abraham Lincoln

,

Vampire Hunter

,

Abe Lincoln

,

Benjamin Walker

,

Anthony Mackie

,

Refus Sewell

,

Timur B

Teenage rebellion is easier to tolerate in book or film form. Take a look back at some of the most well known and loved "coming of age" stories set in boarding schools.

By: Harvey McEwan l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 444

An important thing you have to consider before working out is having a pair of great training shoes. You cannot immediately undergo any physical training wearing inappropriate footwear. If you do so,

By: Steve Hill l Recreation & Sports l July 10, 2012 lViews: 348

Granite is one natural stone that is used for several purposes from dimension stone to countertops to sculptures. The use of granite for building the temples and monuments was initiated millions

By: Steve L Patterson l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 297

Up to 65,000 H-1B visas for new employment may be issued each fiscal year (FY) for professional workers, including medical providers. In general, a person who already has an H-1B and applies for

By: Ann Badmus l Arts & Entertainment l July 10, 2012 lViews: 308

Beside coin shooting, gold detecting or the many other things you can do with your metal detector. There is a large group of people who take their metal detector out looking for old stuff. Not just

By: Candy L Lindsey l Recreation & Sports l July 07, 2012 lViews: 293

Many people want to be writers and you may be one of them. In order to make your dream occupation a reality, you need to have a plan. You also need to work on this plan constantly. These tips from a

By: Harriet Hodgson l Writing & Speaking l July 06, 2012 lViews: 439

Up to 65,000 H-1B visas for new employment may be issued each fiscal year (FY) for professional workers, including medical providers. In general, a person who already has an H-1B and applies for

By: Ann Badmusl Arts & Entertainmentl July 10, 2012 lViews: 308

Teenage rebellion is easier to tolerate in book or film form. Take a look back at some of the most well known and loved "coming of age" stories set in boarding schools.

By: Harvey McEwanl Arts & Entertainmentl July 10, 2012 lViews: 444

Granite is one natural stone that is used for several purposes from dimension stone to countertops to sculptures. The use of granite for building the temples and monuments was initiated millions

By: Steve L Pattersonl Arts & Entertainmentl July 10, 2012 lViews: 297

Investing in art is a good way to renovate your home as well as adding money to your savings. The value of art can appreciate with the passage of time while hanging on the wall. Active participation

By: David Tathaml Arts & Entertainmentl July 06, 2012 lViews: 281

I don't normally get to speak to people in the acting industry let alone anyone well known. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet Vivi Devereaux. Driven, intense and passionate!

By: Nigel Hamiltonl Arts & Entertainmentl July 04, 2012 lViews: 173

Is there a show coming up that you want to see but you were just too slow grabbing tickets? Hundreds of people have been in the situation you are in and sadly many of those same people end up losing

By: Donald B. Johnsonl Arts & Entertainmentl July 04, 2012 lViews: 158

We've all been there. We've all felt detached at some point, with the need to make some sort of genuine connection.

By: Nate R Smithl Arts & Entertainment > Movies TVl June 04, 2012 lViews: 177

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus