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Reviews In A Hurry: Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter

August 10, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feed Me, Timor!

Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Written by Seth Grahame-Smith

Directed by Timor Bekmambetov

It’s a little-known fact that Abraham Lincoln didn’t become America’s greatest President and fight the Civil War to free the slaves – he did all that to kill the vampires, because they were eating all the slaves! It’s a little-known fact because it never happened, of course. That’s just author Seth Grahame-Smith stretching out the lucky strike he had with his Pride And Prejudice And Zombies best-seller, but while that one was deliciously original and funny, here he and director Bekmambetov play it absolutely straight, which is a little disconcerting for a movie with such a ridiculous premise. Like a History Channel biography with vampires. But you know, as ridiculous as it is, it doesn’t completely, er, suck. (Sorry.) Newcomer Ben Walker is a charming screen presence and Bekmambetov’s staging of the action sequences is all Frank Miller-comic-book graphics, which fans of that sort of thing should appreciate. Ultimately it’s a movie made for 10-year-old boys, though, which is just silly, really, since all the gruesome bloodletting got it slapped with a 16V age restriction.

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  1. leroux permalink
    August 10, 2012 17:36

    I LOVED IT! Very Miller-esque indeed! But so much of the fun. We all know how gullible Americans are and I won’t be surprised if the teenagers in the big U S of A think this is what really happened… Eek!

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