Abraham Lincoln, inarguably one of the United States’ greatest presidents, is now a bona fide action movie hero.
Now, to all you nay-sayers and non-believers out there. I see your point, but don’t be too quick to judge.
Director Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also did the screenplay) follows all the basic action movie rules.
There’s a larger than life hero, an equal adversary, and, of course, a lot of action.
It just so happens that our hero is Abraham Lincoln and his foes are vampires. And if you can’t get past that, well this really isn’t the movie for you.
As a young boy, Abe (Benjamin Walker) witnesses the murder of his mother (Robin McLeavy). Years later, looking for revenge, he discovers his mother’s killer is a vampire, and begins the path to his destiny as a vampire hunter.
His guide on his path, Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), turns him into a lean, mean vampire hunting machine; and unintentionally leads him towards his second and better known destiny as President of the United States.
Benjamin Walker as the conflicted loner who turns into the Abraham Lincoln of history plays the part with a simplicity and ease. No small feat when you’re playing a vampire hunting version of one of the most famous men in history.
With bits of history thrown in along the way, “Lincoln,” has something for everyone. Although, at times it’s more like bits of fiction thrown into history. Sure, true history buffs will cry foul over details that are ignored and altered. Fans of the book may also take issue with bits of the story that are left out. But all in all, it’s a good, entertaining film. Plus, with a concept this outlandish, you know it just has to be awesome.
Here’s hoping for a sequel.
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