“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a film that is about, well, the title exactly. It’s based off of a novel of the same name, and is about Abraham Lincoln making it his quest to rid the world of vampires before they take over.
The film was directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”), was written by the author of the novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, and stars Benjamin Walker as the 16th president, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd, Rufus Sewell, and Jimmi Simpson.
I’d like to start this review off by saying that you can’t take this movie too seriously. Don’t be a snob. This is a fun movie that you’ll have to suspend reality for in order to enjoy it. That being said, this was a pretty good film.
The acting in this movie was very good with Dominic Cooper stealing the show as Abe’s vampire-hunting trainer. His performance was the most entertaining, and was definitely the most involved.
Walker was very good as the famed 16th president. His performance was a little shaky in the beginning, but overall he did a pretty good job.
The action in this film, when there was any, was just stellar. This movie has a ton of gore, and it really deserves its R-rating. I loved seeing Honest Abe chopping up vampires with an axe, so I found myself not only chuckling, but thoroughly enjoying these sequences.
Some standouts included a great chase scene involving horses, and one of the best fight scenes of the year that involved a train.
Now, I saw this film in 3D, and it was pretty awesome. The 3D really helped me get into the film, and I’d actually recommend that you see it in this format if you can.
The biggest flaw that I had with this movie was the pacing. This movie felt very (and I do mean very) rushed, and not in a good way. The run time for this was 105 minutes, and I felt they should have added at least an extra 15 minutes. It was a substantial flaw.
I had a lot of fun with this movie. It had its flaws, and a ridiculous premise, but overall, I give “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” a 3.5 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a teen movie review and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.