Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
|Released:||Friday, June 22, 2012|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Rating:||Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.|
From visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) comes this edgy thriller about the untold story that shaped our nation. Abraham Lincoln, history’s greatest hunter of the undead, must risk the presidency, his family and his life to protect America from bloodthirsty vampires. Thrust into an epic fight against the ruthless killers, Lincoln must rely on those around him. But it’s unclear who he can trust in this “visceral, violent and wild ride” (JoBlo.com) that’s ablaze with plot twists, blood-pumping action and spectacular special effects!
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Theatrical Review
It's a totally ridiculous premise, this notion that the 16th U.S. president lived a whole other secret life, prowling about at night, seeking out bloodsuckers. But it's a creative one, and it should have provided the basis for a good time.
Unfortunately, director Timur Bekmambetov and writer Seth Grahame-Smith, adapting his own best-selling novel, take this concept entirely too seriously. What ideally might have been playful and knowing is instead uptight and dreary, with a visual scheme that's so fake and cartoony, it depletes the film of any sense of danger.
Bekmambetov, the Kazakhstan-born director whose 2008 action hit "Wanted" was such a stylish, sexy thrill, weirdly stages set pieces that are muddled and hard to follow, a horse stampede, for example, or the climactic brawl aboard a runaway train. The movie also keeps going back to some of the same gimmicky tricks we've seen before, including slo-mo slashings and be-headings that send black vampire blood spurting from the screen; the repetition of this trick produces the same numbing effect that it had in Tarsem Singh's "Immortals" last year.
The tall, lanky Benjamin Walker certainly looks the part as the title character but there's no energy to his performance. He doesn't exude any confidence or charisma, either as he becomes increasingly skilled in vanquishing his foes or as he succeeds in wooing the sophisticated (and engaged) Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). And once he becomes the Lincoln we actually know with the beard and the hat and that big, famous speech it merely feels like he's playing dress-up rather than embodying the spirit of a towering historical figure.
His story begins in childhood when, according to this revisionist lore, Lincoln's mother was killed by a vampire before his very eyes. He seeks revenge as an adult, but doesn't know exactly what he's doing or whom he's dealing with. Enter veteran vampire hunter Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper), a debauched and flamboyant Brit who helps him hone the tools he'll need but who has an ulterior motive of his own.
After wielding his silver-tipped axe on some practice targets Lincoln is finally ready to take on his foes: vampire businessman Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) and the genteel Southerner Adam (Rufus Sewell), who's sort of the king of Vampire Nation. (He gets some help from Anthony Mackie as his childhood friend and Jimmi Simpson as the shopkeeper Lincoln worked for in Springfield.)
At the same time, he's contemplating getting involved in politics during this tumultuous time in America. And so you have this intensifying struggle between humans and the living dead playing out against the backdrop of the nation moving towards Civil War. The notion that the horrors of slavery should be placed on a parallel with monster horror as entertainment is rather distasteful, punctuated by the sight of vampires getting gored on a battlefield with Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in the background.
But that's nothing compared to the line about being late for the theater that Mrs. Lincoln hollers at her husband toward the end. Even when "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" finally gives in and tries to loosen up, it still comes off stiff and unwieldy.
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