So after about a half hour long debate on what to watch on this fine Friday afternoon, my friend and I landed on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. And yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like… Abraham Lincoln hunts and kills vampires.
The movie is by no means a masterpiece. I wouldn’t call it a tour de force or an ode la mode of any sort. Its a movie that someone can pop in and get exactly what they expect: vampires fighting your sixteenth president. There are jumps, and there is blood.
The cinematography is unique at certain points in the movie, specifically the fight sequences. The camera circles its subjects a lot as all hell breaks loose around them and Honest Abe swings his axe around himself before landing it in a vampire’s skull. The CGI is pretty suspect, however. Like I didn’t HATE IT, but it seemed like they were trying to make it look as if this were a videogame. Very “computery” and not as realistic as things that have come out before this movie that focus on CGI to tell a story.
There were also moments in the film where I honestly thought I was watching 300 (2007). Like the frame rate would be normal, and then all of a sudden it would slow down a ton, then speed back up again.
There also weren’t any actors that I knew of in this movie. I mean the guy who plays Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) was in it, but that’s about it. I thought this one woman was Lena Heady, who plays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, but IMDB quickly proved me wrong. This really doesn’t play into my opinion of the movie, I just found it interesting considering this was a summer blockbuster last year and most summer blockbusters have a few big names in them.
To sum it up, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a movie that is fun to watch with a friend or two, but really isn’t as fun as it sounds. I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed, but I certainly am glad I didn’t spend money viewing this.
Overall rating: 5.5/10
If you’re looking to watch a movie where you don’t have to think and you can laugh off the ridiculousness of it, then it’s a perfect fit; but don’t go in thinking it’s like the other movie with Abe Lincoln in it that came out this past year as well.