I'm so glad Tom Hardy and Joaquin Phoenix turned this down...
Directed by: Timer Bekmambetov
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell and Jimmi Simpson.
I wasn't fully on board with the idea of an iconic president being used in the vampire craze of the last decade. When I found out it was based on a novel, I was half interested. I kind of cheated ,for I went to see the movie with a few chapters left to be finished. After viewing the movie and later finishing the book, I had yet another John Carter dilemma. Of course, it's obvious that books are always better than their movie counterparts, but why deviate so much? Carter could have been better it if it followed the story of the first book rather than incorporating the sequel book characters. I might contradict myself, but deviating from the source material for Lincoln wasn't at the case.
I should explain, at first, I was initially weirded out by the idea. Then when you see the trailer a few times in a row, it grows on you. Even the people who initially dismissed the idea were suddenly on board. The moment of truth came, and I was in a crowd-less theater, on a Friday with nothing but me, a nerd and a couple. Yeah, you see where I'm going with this? But I wouldn't call it a cause for alarm. When I went to see Deep Blue see opening weekend back home, it was just my dad, a small teenager and I. But that's sharks, and this is the 5th U.S. President vs Vampires. TImer is best known for Wanted, an action movie with blazing gunfire that has us all waiting for it's sequel after it's surprising success. You can see some of that movie's elements are present in Vampire Hunter. For example, get mad enough and you can easily chop down a tree with one swing making Paul Bunyan look like a royal american princess.
Benjamin Walker plays Honest Abe with a secret past. As a child, his mother died of illness. Under no circ*mstances was it by natural causes, for it was a Vampire that took care of her life. Knowing who the killer was, young abe grew into adulthood, inexperienced with a gun, which leads to him discovering the supernatural elements of his world and life that would surely change forever, and shape the nation in its darkest hour of the early 19th century. We get a chronicle of Abraham Lincoln's life as an upcoming lawyer interested in freeing the slaves, while secretly being a vigilante at night hunting down blood sucking maggots, which, to be quite honest, makes perfect sense. There were a string of murders back in the day on the scale of Jack the Ripper with no one being brought to justice. If you're going for a mesh of fantasy and reality, it's always certifiably welcomed that you connect the dots intelligently without making your narrative an ink filled joke.
But, I must confess it was far more entertaining reading the novel than watching it on screen. Hey, at least I gave it a shot. The book was more appropriate than the adaptation. It shows that not everything is adaptable to the giant screen. and don't even get me started on Lincoln vs Zombies. I'm still recovering the right side of my brain from that excrement festivity. Some of the performances were good, other forced and other looked like they were trying their best not to laugh. You follow Lincoln from his toddler years to the night he goes out to the theater. We see the character evolve, but the actor doesn't really enforce the evolution. Just deepen your voice into a gravel sound and we are good to go.
Other elements like the Civil War, the need of everyone's silver for the army, the underground railroad fall into place to continue the chronology, however rushed it looked. But you know what, despite not wanting to laugh at some of the drama or the ridiculous Matrix level fight scenes, it took away my boredom like a professional Cabaret network. As per the visuals, the 3D (though I didn't see it in this platform) wasn't really needed and more focus on the background visuals should have been enforced. I hate how some low budget movies sacrifice this important element. More cheese to the platter I guess.
Overall, after all that he still gets shot in the head? Just leave your brain and book knowledge at the door because you will be utterly disappointed. I take the advice all the time, but sometimes, you just have the curiosity. Good fun with friends for a good laugh.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.