Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov (only other film of his I’ve seen was Wanted and holy fuck, did THAT suck)

Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith adapted his own novel for the screen

Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson and Alan Tudyk

What it’s about: one of the most self-explanatory movie titles ever, it’s right there

B-Movie Alternate Title: Tim Burton presents Abe Lincoln!

Movie Mash Up: (Buffy the Vampire Slayer300Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant) – anything really clever or fun.

What I liked: Well it’s a fairly stylistic movie, but much like every Zack Snyder movie, there requires more to a movie than just flash to make it good.  At least this movie has a slight bit more substance to it than the stuff that Snyder shits out.  I thought the acting was fair to middling, nothing exceptional at all, but it’s not really the kind of movie you’re going to watch for acting tips.

What I disliked: I hate how writers keep coming up with new wrinkles to make their version of vampires fresher or “better”.  Sorry, but silver is used for werewolves, not vampires.  And as soon as you allow vampires to be out in the sun, you’re into Stephanie Meyer territory.  Stick with the Joss Whedon mythos and you’ll automatically make a better movie.  Again, mostly all flashy action set pieces, little to no real meaningful entertainment.  It’s a rote, average movie that looks very pretty.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Not really.  If you go your whole life without watching it, your life will not have been better or worse for it.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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