Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – A review
It most certainly has been a while since we last reviewed a movie. Our only excuse is we’ve been busy not just with work but with all the social obligations that come with the warmer weather. But not to worry, we’re back and we promise to never go away for extended periods of time ever again!
We saw the trailer to this movie quite a few years ago, soon after we had finished reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which was awesome) and we were immediately intrigued. Mind you this was before the vampires and Twilight thing blew up and became the IT thing in Hollywood. As with any made up story about a prominent historical figure, there were plot holes larger than anything a canon could ever produce. But if you could ignore all that, and just watch it for the pure entertainment value then this is a worthwhile watch.
This retelling shows Abe (Benjamin Walker, Flags of Our Fathers) as anti-slavery from a very young age and as the story progresses, that belief never waivers. After losing his mother, young Abe seeks only to avenge her death without a thought to himself. While failing to do so, he is saved by Henry (Dominic Cooper, Mamma Mia!) who then takes him under his wing and trains him to be a Vampire Hunter.
For a movie that wasn’t expected to do much, it did have quite a few familiar faces, from Rufus Sewell as the head of the Southern Vampire clan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln and always the treat, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as Stephen Douglas. There was nothing to stop these two CityGirls from fangirl giggling when he stepped onto the screen.
This movie is filled with ridiculous (but awesome fun) action scenes that would be out of place in any other movie but just seems to be par for the course with this one. The only thing this movie failed to cover was Abe’s assassination. We were rather disappointed in the ending as it seemed to lead us in that direction with Abe and his wife heading to the theatre, the place that Lincoln was assassinated, but then decided otherwise at the last minute and things ended there. It would’ve been a much better ending to follow the Lincolns to the theatre and have Abe turned into a vampire with John Wilkes Booth being just a cover.
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