Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Movie Reviews
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Lol, well for half the movie I was convinced that the guy who plays Abe Lincoln in this is the kid from "Boy Meets World" but I guess that isn't the case. I really liked this movie, though I thought it could have been done better if they picked up the pace in the middle. There's a lot of internal dialogue that the character goes through as he tries to hunt vampires, but I think it would have worked better if it were just a straightforward action movie. Don't make it so complicated! After all, how many times do we get to see our nation's greatest president kill and slay vampires?
I never read the book so I can't offer a critique of whether it tells the story right, but I did like how Tim Burton took his trademark dark touches and made the movie unlike anything else I've seen. If Abe Lincoln has time to hunt vampires and save the country from splitting in half, then Obama should be able to solve the economic crisis in no time. Just kidding, I know it's fantasy. Still, a fun movie that I will probably watch again on DVD.
This was one of my favorite reads of the decade when it was published, so I knew going in that there was no way the movie was going to be able to compare to the book. There's just no way a standard Hollywood film can fit in all the richness and details of the book into a 2 hour movie. Not. Gonna. Happen.
Having said that, if you take the movie for what it is, it's actually pretty enjoyable. Sure, it isn't the kind of movie that you're going to watch over and over, but it has its own charms that fans of fantasy and horror will likely enjoy. It's the story of Abe Lincoln on the quest to avenge his mother's death. His mother was killed by a vampire, so he becomes a vampire hunter - while he's still President of the United States and waging a war to keep the union from falling apart.
Sounds like a lot, right? It is, which is why the book is far superior. Still, the movie is worth a peek if you like Tim Burton. His movies are, if nothing else, highly stylized and visually arresting.
Oh, what could have been. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" should have been an awesome movie based on premise alone, but movies start out as premises, then need a story to see them through to the end. ALVH just doesn't have the story to see it through. The initial idea is pretty awesome. Young Abe sees his mom killed by a vampire and vows revenge. He's trained by a career vampire hunter who shows him how to take down the blood suckers in brutal fashion. Along the way, he woos Mary Todd and saves the day during the Civil War. I learned a bunch of new things watching this movie, like the Confederacy was a bunch of vampires, and that back then, everything looked like an old timey photo, all sepia toned. This movie should have been a lot of fun, but it's schizophrenic. It doesn't know whether it wants to be a crazy, silly movie or serious, so it decides to be both, and director Timur Bekmambetov can't make these two different genres coexist. He's also too fond of that sped-up, slowed-down action that gives me a headache. And his Lincoln, Benjamin Walker, just isn't up to taking on the role. Oh well, maybe the sequel, "William Henry Harrison: Zombie Fighter", will be better.
There are going to be people who will be offended by this film and I will call those people snobbish because this film was awesome and I had lots of fun watching it. The film is very entertaining and fun to watch and i really don’t care what the critics are saying, I had a great time watching it. The film is exciting, witty and very well-cast with great visuals and plenty of thrills. I think it is the best action movie of the summer and if you like fast paced films full of awesome vampires and killer presidents you should hurry to the theater.
I remember seeing the trailer of this film and laughing and I also remember saying that I will never ever see it in theaters. Well, there is a saying: never say never and I found myself watching this film with my friend who dragged me with him. I have to say that the film was quite interesting and original and I had a pretty good time watching it. The film looked really cool visually and I guess i should not be surprised by that because it was made by Tim Burton who always delivers on the visuals. Overall, I think this film is worth seeing in the theaters because it is entertaining and fresh.
Every time I saw the trailer for this film it made me laugh, actually the whole audience would laugh. I really wanted to see this film because it is such an outrageous idea and Tim Burton is the one to realize it and that says it all. I can say that I liked this film and I recommend seeing it in the theaters. I thought the film was very well made, it looked incredible and it was interesting and entertaining, it is a perfect summer film. The acting in the film was great and I liked the story the most. Overall, I think this film is worth seeing in the theaters, I think you will have lots of fun watching t.
I've loved Tim Burton's movies since back in the 1980s but this reinvention of the story of Abraham Lincoln left me unsettled. I thought my kids might enjoy it since it has something that I think is good (presidential history) and something that they like (cute vampires).
Not exactly. It's hard to gauge what the point of making Abe Lincoln a vampire killer was: wouldn't it have worked the same if he was just another guy who didn't happen to also be the POTUS? I thought it would be a more fun movie since it's produced by Tim Burton, but it's actually quite serious and even dull. It has a few memorable moments, and I like the fact that they tried to do something different, but even my kids thought this vampire story was void of any real entertainment.
Erm, this movie is an odd duck to be sure. I don't know what exactly the makers were trying to get at with this story. The movie is basically a revenge drama where a young man named Abraham Lincoln (as in the President) becomes a vampire hunter after his mother is killed by a bloodsucking vampire. After his mother's death, he spends his life trying to hunt and kill vampires. How he does this is what makes the movie so strange!
Abe (played by Benjamin Walker) decides that the best way to hunt down vampires is by becoming powerful. So he becomes a lawyer, then a senator, and then finally the President of the United States who has to fight a Civil War. But in the end, all he cares about is killing the vampire that killed his mother. Weird.
It sounds bizarre - and it is - but it's also a lot less fun than I thought it would be. Maybe if they made it as a comedy it would have worked. I spent most of the movie waiting for the final credits. Overall, not worth the admission price!