Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (15)

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Wed Jun 20 2012

Based on the American president’s secret journals, as imagined by scriptwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (adapting his own novel), this cod-historical horror movie from ‘Nightwatch’ director Timur Bekmambetov is long on speculation, emancipation and decapitation, but in the end is essentially a lot of balls. A skilled rail-splitter, axe-wielding ‘Honest Abe’ moonlights as a slayer of bloodsuckers, one of whom, at the behest of loathsome slave-trader Jack Barts (Marton Csokas), killed his beloved mother. He still finds time to court Mary Todd, campaign against slavery and carve out a political career, but faces disaster during the Civil War, when the vampires are drafted into service by the Confederate South. The storyline is faithful to neither fiction nor reality. Two new characters have been introduced, bored leader of the undead Adam (Rufus Sewell) and Abe’s (ahem) black best friend from boyhood, Will (Anthony Mackie). And two CGI-tastic action scenes have been added, a chase through a stampede of horses and a runaway train headed for a burning bridge. Worst of all, the inspiring biopic and the bloody 3D spectacle seem to occupy parallel historical time zones.
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15

UK release:

Wed Jun 20, 2012

Duration:

105 mins

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scrumpyjack

ANOTHER failure today as my brand new, through my letterbox card wasn't accepted "call da phone line" nonsense again (but with a BIT more sympathetic panache than Tuesday) did so and finally let in. When will Cineworld learn that £180 in their pockets (now back in my bank) is better than £15 poxy quid a month? I can cancel that with 28 days notice, they are so rabidly adherent to! WHAT COMPANY wants that type of deal? Film, enjoyable tat, just as you would expect 6/10

Barry G

Well, after a review THAT bad I just had to go to see this and I am completely with Simon - it was, as he so accurately states, a 'corker'.. he should be given young Floyd's job immediately.

Barry G

Well, after a review THAT bad I just had to go to see this and I am completely with Simon - it was, as he so accurately states, a 'corker'.. he should be given young Floyd's job immediately.

mostly as expected

There's literally no way anyone could watch this with any expectations other than it's going to be completely daft. So, on that count, it lived up to expectations. However, some of the CG effects were quite bad - crowd scenes in particular, and the killing of the vampires was extremely bloody and horrible. Also, some of the make-up was rubbish - Mary Elizabeth Winstead stands out - which is a shame because the lincoln make-up I thought was really good! (apart from the stuck-on beard) Good points - Rufus Sewel, who just keeps getting handsomer and handsomer all the time; Dominic Cooper - cute and OTT, but in a good way, I thought, and the guy playing Lincoln was good too.

kate

My sister and I couldn't stop laughing in this woefully ridiculous film. We are both fans of Seth Grahame-Smith's books and we did expect a fair amount of the ridiculous - but GOOD ridiculous; not this steaming failure of horror. The 'chase scenes' mentioned in the review are worse than you can imagine. Still, we definitely got more than a few laughs out of this film so we rate it an extra star than we feel it deserves...It's a pity, because the casting of Ben Walker as Honest Abe is very good and he does a pretty great job - just a shame about everything else....

Simon

I couldn't disagree more with this review, much of it bizarrely bemoaning its lack of historical authenticity. This film is called Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter for crying out loud. It wears its irreverent intentions on its sleeves! He also implies it's somehow unbelievable that someone like Lincoln could have had a black friend. You do know not all Americans back then were rabid racists? Otherwise slavery would never have been abolished. This is a strange sort of inverted political correctness that bashes a film for having a pivotal black character. I thought it was an absolute corker of a film. It's pure escapist entertainment. Horror fans like myself will love the gory blood soaked action. Of course the concept of Lincoln being a vampire hunter alongside being a politician fighting to end slavery is ridiculous, but that's the whole point! We'll get a serious treatment of his life in Spielberg's biopic. This is meant to be just a big fun summer movie and I recommend people make up their own minds. I'd advise not to see it in 3D though as it doesn't really add anything to the experience. If you don't get the reference to Lincoln's visit to the theatre, shame on you! The audience I saw it with clearly didn't know their history.

Simon

I couldn't disagree more with this review, much of it bizarrely bemoaning its lack of historical authenticity. This film is called Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter for crying out loud. It wears its irreverent intentions on its sleeves! He also implies it's somehow unbelievable that someone like Lincoln could have had a black friend. You do know not all Americans back then were rabid racists? Otherwise slavery would never have been abolished. This is a strange sort of inverted political correctness that bashes a film for having a pivotal black character. I thought it was an absolute corker of a film. It's pure escapist entertainment. Horror fans like myself will love the gory blood soaked action. Of course the concept of Lincoln being a vampire hunter alongside being a politician fighting to end slavery is ridiculous, but that's the whole point! We'll get a serious treatment of his life in Spielberg's biopic. This is meant to be just a big fun summer movie and I recommend people make up their own minds. I'd advise not to see it in 3D though as it doesn't really add anything to the experience. If you don't get the reference to Lincoln's visit to the theatre, shame on you! The audience I saw it with clearly didn't know their history.