JT Film Review

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review
Review #161

3.5/5 stars

Director – Timur Bekmambetov

Cast – Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas, Jimmi Simpson, Alan Tudyk

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. That’s quite a title. It catches the eye, and does half of the advertising for you. You know right away if you’ll enjoy the movie, whose plot is also perfectly summarized in the title. The president hunts vampires, there you go. The vampires, of course, decide to fight on the side of the south because slavery provides them with cheap, available food. Bring on the boom-boom-pow.

I have to admit that I had a great time watching this movie. While it is tempting to describe the movie as “so  bad it’s good”, I will resist. That term has always bugged me… It implies that despite a movie being very bad, it was enjoyable. While I understand where the term comes from, surely if the movie was enjoyable, it was good! Now I understand that it means that perhaps the story was ludicrous, or production values very poor, or something along those lines. But still…

This particular movie certainly has a ludicrous story, but the production values aren’t that bad. The characterizations are almost non-existent, but wisely actors were cast who could bring a strong sense of character to underwritten roles. But it is the gung-ho attitude and ballsiness of the movie that make it so enjoyable. During one particular fight scene, a vampire starts throwing horses at the hero. Throwing. Horses.

That right there should tell you if the movie is for you or not.

OVERALL

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a gutsy movie that doesn’t cease to entertain. I honestly didn’t expect to like the movie at all. Maybe it has to do with who you see it with, but I had a ball. Just “check your brain in at the door”. Whatever the hell that means any more.

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TRAILER

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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September 25, 2012 Posted by | 3.5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Action, Year - 2010-2019 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UPCOMING MOVIES – Gambit (2012)

Upcoming Movies – Gambit
(Opening Date: November 21, 2012)

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Coming up later in 2012 we have Gambit, a Coen Brothers “remake” of a 1960’s Michael Caine film of the same name. This isn’t Fargo Coen Bros., this is Burn After Reading Coen Bros., who are arguably not as succesful. The story follows Colin Firth as he tries to con his boss into buying a forged painting, and for some reason he needs Cameron Diaz to help. See the trailer below!

 It’s great to see Colin Firth back, and Alan Rickman is always a welcome prescence. Cameron Diaz actually seems to have picked a somewhat classy movie, which is weird, but she can be very good. It’s a light and airy (if somewhat muddled) trailer, but it  certainly peeks my interest. Leave your comments at the bottom!

Tomatometer Rating Guess: 75%

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September 20, 2012 Posted by | Upcoming Movies | , , , , , | Leave a comment