Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

“Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He led the USA through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis – The American Civil War. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in American history. He was murdered by John Wilkes Booth and has been ranked by scholars and the public as one of the three greatest U.S presidents, the others being George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt… “{Culled from Wikipedia}.

What’s with the entire government / history lesson you might be wondering… If those are your thoughts, fear not you are in the right place, which is the movie blog, Movie Review.  :D. Today I’ll be reviewing the movie ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER hence a little delving into history seeing as the movie is based on one of the greatest human beings that ever lived and would like to provide a little insight for you the readers.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on the novel with the same title written by Seth Grahame Smith which was published on the 2nd of March, 2010. Released in June 2012, the movie is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (known for Wanted and Night Watch), with writing credits by the author of the novel. The cast include, Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges, Anthony Mackie as Will Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Rufus Sewell as Adam, Marton Csokas as Jack Barts, Jimmi Simpson as Joshua Speed, Joseph Mawle as Thomas Lincoln, Robin McLeavy as Nancy Lincoln, Erin Wasson as Vadoma and Cameron M. Brown as Willie Lincoln.

Lincoln when he was young witnessed his mother’s death owing to her being bitten by the vampire Jack Barts. With the loss of his mother and the death of his father a few years later, Lincoln plans to avenge his mother’s death by killing Barts. He succeeds in shooting Barts thinking he had killed him; but as he was about to leave, Barts stands up to beat shit outta him and was about to kill him when Abe was saved by Sturges. Sturges tells Lincoln all about vampires and teaches him how to kill them. With the knowledge and training by Sturges, Lincoln goes on and becomes a shop assistant assisting Speed. In the day time Abe is the shop assistant, by night he becomes a Vampire Hunter killing targets sent to him by Sturges. In no distant time, Abe gets to encounter Adam the 1st vampire, escapes and during his escape he decides to become the president and have a life and drop the vampire hunter behind him. When Abe becomes the President, he encounters the Civil War and gets wind that the confederates where being assisted by the vampires whose ultimate plan was to enslave every person in America. It’s up to President / Vampire Hunter Abraham Lincoln to win the war and stop the vampires once and for all.

If I had known earlier this movie was based on a novel, I would have taken critics early criticisms with a pinch of salt. 1 rule of mine with movies is “Never expect much from a movie that is based on a novel.” Though I have not read the novel, the excerpts I got from Wikipedia and with the little history of the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln I have, the movie in my opinion tried as much as possible to deliver the story of a president who had to do what was necessary to protect those he loved which includes his family and the people he governed. The action scenes where ok, plot was ok, CGI was ok, though I must admit the scene where Abe and Adam fought was rather quite questionable. All in all the movie is a cool movie that can be categorized as a not-so-brainless action movie.


Rating: 6.5/10

Cinema Worthiness: Would advise you do not have high expectations but it’s worth watching at least twice in the comfort of your home.

Movie Tagline: President by Day, Vampire Hunter by Night

Favourite Quotes

Henry Sturgess: There is darkness EVERYWHERE! You are not the only one who has lost everything!

Henry Sturgess: 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.

Henry Sturgess: A man only drinks like that when he’s planning to kiss a girl or kill a man. Which is it?

Mary Todd Lincoln: Well, I wouldn’t back away from what’s right just because it’s hard. My father used to say: plant your feet and stand firm. The only question is where to put your feet.

Abraham Lincoln: History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quite deeds. History remembers the battle, but forgets the blood. However history remembers me before I was a President, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth…

That will be all for now folks. Happy holidays to my Muslim brothers and readers.

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10 thoughts on “Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  1. Nice review but I still think u give the movie way too much credit though, its one of the most criticized movies in 2012, if not the most criticized…..but still love the review 😀

    1. Yeah it was criticized because it was based on a novel. Movies like dat need a little slack. Though i have 1 movie like dat would receive my vitrol wen i review it.

  2. I really really wanted to like this movie – as I had enjoyed both Night Watch and Wanted – but this mess just left me cold. And the 3D never worked properly whenever there was smoke around (smoke kinda’ flattens the depth for some reason). I thought Mary Elizabeth was the best thing in it. But then again – I’d be happy just watching her read out the telephone directory. 🙂

  3. ive finally seen it.
    twas just ok…and i must say they got the perfect face/guy to play Abraham Lincoln
    the part where mary elizabeth winstead climbed his hat was so cutee…lool

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