2012, abraham lincoln, action, axe, boobies, cinema, day watch, demon, film, horror, hunter, mashup novel, meme, movie, night watch, politics, president, review, russian, seth grahame-smith, smurfin the web, suspense, thriller, vampire, war, wicked
Synopsis: One of America’s most famous men and Presidents has a secret life, he is a vampire hunter. He has to make the choice between his politics and his quest to wipe out the vampires who threaten to take over the country using the Civil War as their vehicle of total destruction.
Main Cast: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas
The Hype: Based upon the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith who also wrote the adapted screenplay here, the cult following for the book was sure to make the film a hit. The trailer was released early and made the movie look pretty interesting along with its big action sequences.
What I Thought: Actually this was quite entertaining in a “take your brain out of your head and don’t think about it too much” sort of way. I did like the use of historical fact interwoven with the vampire story and the action scenes were very well done if not sometimes a little far-fetched, but it is a fantasy film so I guess it is excusable in movies like these. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov who also directed Wanted and Night Watch, his unique style with special effects leads me to wonder if he will ever remake the Night Watch and Day Watch films for the Western audience now that he has made a reasonable name for himself in Hollywood. (The originals of course being Russian).
Conclusions: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a good watch with a decent story and great special effects. High speed action sequences top off a movie that may spawn a whole host of mashup movies adapted from novels such as Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and Jane Slayre. Seth Grahame-Smith’s other best-selling novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has already been given the green light for movie status.