Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Critic Consensus: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has visual style to spare, but its overly serious tone doesn't jibe with its decidedly silly central premise, leaving filmgoers with an unfulfilling blend of clashing ingredients.
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Critic Reviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The violence quickly becomes numbing, and Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln without the sense of irony needed to keep the historical and supernatural sides of the story consistently entertaining.
The movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.
Of course it's ridiculous and tasteless and grotesque. It's ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER.
The disconnect between intention and final product is a head scratcher.
Bekmambetov doesn't expect us to take the premise seriously, exactly. But he doesn't seem to want us to laugh at it, either.
Audience Reviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I enjoyed the storyline of combining the Civil war and Abe Lincoln with vampires, but silver bullets or not, three good guys would not be able to defeat that many vampires on the train. So it turns into just an action film - and all action with little believability turns me off.
I admit, when I first heard about this movie I was really sceptical. Who wouldn't? It sounds completely absurd even as a work of fiction. Who'd think of putting Lincoln and Vampires together in one movie? But after seeing the first trailer I was really looking forward to this as it had the dark mood and right amount of action you'd expect from such a film. The movie itself is amazing. It wasn't complete fiction where everything was just a story. The important parts of history where in this. Obviously not as they happened, with the Vampires, but always with a touch of real happenings. The deaths of Lincolns mother Nancy and son William, the marriage with Mary Todd, travelling on the Mississippi to New Orleans, his view on slavery and the war, just to mention a view. I as a Vampire fan from child days on thought the way they were portrayed was just right. They might not have been burnt by the sunlight and have two main fangs rather than only fangs but other than that the way they were shown was great. I think seeing this in 3D would've been even better. The action scenes were just right, maybe not as harsh as some thought but to me it didn't have to be all brutal. In fact if it would've been the rest of the story might have been pushed to the background. As I said in other reviews I always like to mention the music as a movie would be nothing without it. It either complements the film or disturbs it with unnecessary songs and sounds. The music was just right, adding the dark mood more intense than a picture only. 4 1/2 Stars 12=15-13
Silly premise aside, this film is a mess of torrid pacing and charisma vacuumed non-acting.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Quotes
|Henry Sturges:||If the silver wasn't on the train, then where is it?|
|Will Johnson:||This isn't the only railway *Referring to the UnderGround Railway*|
|Will Johnson:||This isn't the only railway. [referring to the Under Ground Railway]|
|Henry Sturges:||There is darkness EVERYWHERE! You are not the only one who has lost everything!|
|Henry Sturges:||If vengeance is all you seek, you will never be able to save mankind. Fight this war with me, not for one man but for the whole world... Mr President.|
|Abraham Lincoln:||Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.|
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