Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter

So I didn’t get a chance to finish reading a novel this week but I am currently working on “The Clockwork Prince.” My new job is a lot closer than my old one. Definite plus, but the only drawback is that I don’t have as much time on public transportation to read. Most of the time that means I end up reading late into the night/wee hours of the morning which unfortunately doesn’t help me the next day. So for this week, I  doing a review of the movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

 The follow review contains spoilers! Read at your own risk!
Summary:


There are some pivotal but often overlooked points in the life of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States - his mother, Nancy’s, death when he is just a young boy; moving to New Salem, Ill., as a young man and taking a job at a local grocery store; and the death of his son, Willie. These events seem common enough - people die, people move. Maybe these circumstances don’t seem too unusual. But what if these events weren’t the result of random circumstances? What if they were all somehow connected?
When Abraham Lincoln was a young boy he saved his friend, a slave named William Johnson, from wrongfully being beaten. Seeing his own son in danger, Abe’s father, Thomas Lincoln, rushed to protect his child from the plantaion owner, Jack Barts. He paid for it dearly. Thomas, who worked for Barts, was promptly let go.
Young Abe thinks that the nightmare with Barts is over, but that night he sees Barts hovering over his mother while she is sleeping. He looks away but can't stop thinking seeing Barts in his parents' room.
The next day, Abraham is terrified as he watches his mother die, but he now knows that it was Barts that somehow killed his mother.

Nine years later, he has had time to think about revenge. He briefly speaks to a man at the local bar before he decides that night will be his night to get his revenge on Barts. Abraham runs into Barts on a ship dock. He shoots him but realizes that killing Barts won’t be so easy. Barts is a vampire.

Abraham has seriously underestimated the seemingly simple plantation owner. His saving grace comes in the form of the man from the bar, Henry Sturgess.

Now that Lincoln knows what’s out there and what killed his mother, he wants to know how to stop it. With Henry’s help and training, Abraham must stop the vampire uprising and keep the United States for the human race.

Review:

This movie is based on a novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. I have yet to read the book so this review is just on the movie.
As much as I complain about the ridiculous ticket prices I love seeing movies in 3-D! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was no exception. While I did have some problems with the film, there was enough action, suspense and revenge issues to make it a worthwhile film. Plus, Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov were in the credits so of course I had to see it.

You’d think there would only be so many ways that directors can film action scenes before they start to lose their luster.  While the constant decapitation of vampires and bloody fight scenes might offend some - along with the historical inaccuracies of the movie - I was in love with the gory fight scenes, and disgusting but almost zombie-like features of the vampires in this film. One thing that really bugged me about this film was the fact that vampires could be killed with silver. Does silver even kill vampires?!  But I digress.
At first it was difficult for me to imagine the 16th president of the United States, who has always appeared in history books as mild-mannered and levelheaded, to even think of being motivated by revenge but it is a huge aspect of Lincoln's character and helps to shape his career as a politician and as a vampire hunter. 

There are some things that I strongly disliked about the movie, like the fact that there seemed to be a few things that weren’t explained well or rushed over. It was hard to figure out the names of the supporting characters. I thought Jack was Adam until halfway into the movie. Granted they only have so much time to show the necessary bits of information but maybe they could have tightened the script a little so it flowed better and there weren’t as many plot holes.

There is one scene in particular that was a little hard to follow. Right after Will is kidnapped by the vampires, the next scene Abraham and Steed and headed out to Louisiana to rescue Will. It seemed very rushed overall. When did Will and Abraham team up to fight the vampires? How is he just okay with co-existing with vampires? He had no idea about Abraham’s secret identity up until that scene. 

Aside from some questionable points in the fast-paced script, it was an interesting, action packed film. Just go for the vampire slaying and don't try to over analyze the historical points and you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 3/5

Trailer for the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! When there's vampire hunting with an axe it's gotta be awesome!

 






See Abraham Lincoln take out a vampire John Wilkes Booth in the book trailer! Woohoo!


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