Move over Buffy, there is a new Vampire Hunter and his name is Abraham Lincoln. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” The Review
By: Michael AlvarezWithout a doubt “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is Work of Art!!As you, I also thought Abe Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter would be a crazy suggestion for a film when I first read the film was being made. I am sure glad I was WRONG! The film is anything but cheesy or corny. It is visually Stunning, a Fantastic Script, and Superb Acting. Timur Bekmambetov who grew up in a Communist Regime did an extraordinary job at interpreting the meaning of Freedom from an American’s Point of View. Bekmambetov also did a great job at recreating American History, and American Pop Culture on Film. A feat I have not seen since Milos Forman Directed the Musical “Hair” back in 1979. Tim Burton made the right choice in Co-Producer Timur Bekmambetov to direct Seth Grahame-Smith’s script based on his Creative Graphic Novel under the same title “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. Let’s not forget that the film was shot in with 3D in mind, which looked incredible on screen. The film opens with a beautiful Camera Shot of the city of Washington DC’s growth in the last 150 years in a backwards mode, very cool.
The story revolves around Abraham Lincoln’s (Benjamin Walker) secret life as a Vampire Hunter in which he logged on his personal journal. Abraham began his trek after the loss of his Mother over a debt. His obsession with vengeance blinded him from something a lot more sinister than he ever imagined. That’s when Abe met his Recruiter/Trainer Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper). Henry saved Abe from a Vampire attack and asked Abe if he will join Henry in his Cause of Vampire Hunting but, only after Abe will be willing to remove vengeance from his eyes. Abe agrees now the secret life and training begin. If memory serves me correct we were taught in Grammar School not only was Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States who ended Slavery but he also built a Log Cabin from the wood he would chop off from trees. What better than an Axe as weapon of choice. Abe handles the Axe the same way Bruce Lee would use his trademark Nunchaku (Nun-Chucks). Once Abe is fully trained all I can say is Buffy you better watch out because Honest Abe might take your job. Like every hero Abe also has a Side-Kick, Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) is a Loyal childhood friend who Abe and his Parents saved from a treacherous man named Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) the reason Abe decided to become a slayer. The story also has a villain of villain’s Adam (Rufus Sewell) a vampire who is thousands of years old. Adam is one of the reasons why this story is so brilliant. The evil vampire Adam devices a plan in which Slaves in the South are to be used as Live Stock for an endless supply of blood for consumption. Masking Vampires as Plantation owners and fueling the Civil War. Seth Grahame-Smith does an amazing job at writing fiction influenced by facts of American History.–Timur Bekmambetov took Seth Grahame-Smith script and seamlessly combined Fact and Fiction on screen. Since this is Abe’s secret life Seth Grahame-Smith had the luxury of writing a story where he can fit in, combine and substitute facts and moments of American History with vampires. As you are watching the film you see key moments of the Civil War such as The Battle for Gettysburg and The Gettysburg address all responsible due to vampires. If one would not know History you would believe what you see on the screen to be true. Don’t be surprised if you have the urge to research Abraham Lincoln to see what fact is and what is fiction? Think about it Abraham Lincoln was a very tall man and rugged man, add the Top Hat, Axe, and a Jacket with coattails and you have yourself a Vampire Hunter.“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a must see and well worth it on 3D!!!!!