Sunday, June 24, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Honestly, a fun time

There has been major lack of fun at the movies this Summer. Movies such as Dark Shadows and Battleship are a couple of the movies that have ridiculous premises but had a major lack of fun. In Dark Shadows, the execution was boring and Battleship took its premise too seriously to really enjoy itself. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter knows what kind of movie its audience expects and delivers on those expectations well.

Benjamin Walker plays the United States' 16th president, who at a young age, has his mother taken from him by vampires. On his quest for revenge he meets and receives training from the mysterious character played by Dominic Cooper's Henry Sturgess. We are also introduced to many other characters and events that are key to the Lincoln's known legend such as Lincoln's Axe, Mary Todd, Stephen Douglas and the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the of course, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War. It was a lot of fun to see how the writers of the movie fit in Honest Abe's vampire hunting within his rise from shopkeeper to lawyer to President.

Honest Abe with his trusted weapon
Speaking of the vampire hunting, the action scenes in Abraham Lincoln: VH are fun and inventive. From vampire attacks on a Civil War battlefield to fights on top of stampeding horses, the action is cool and unique. The scenes are shot well, and though I didn't see it in 3D, I don't think i missed much.

There are things that could be better about the movie, such as a more compelling, defined villain and a better explanation on the rise of Lincoln as a politician. However, these are minor squabbles that only slightly get in the way of the movie being a good time.

**1/2 stars