Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

WRITTEN BY: Seth Grahame-Smith
DIRETED BY: Timur Bekmambetov
STARRING: Bejamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Jimmi Simpson
RATING 1.5 stars

If you're going to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter you have to forget everything you know about the famous American president and his country's civil war. So, to the history buffs and students, consider yourselves warned. You'll have to accept that in seeing this film you're stepping into a parallel universe where the civil war was about vampires using slaves as food. It sounds like a ridiculous concept, and it is.

Adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's novel by the writer himself, the film tells the story of Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) from his childhood to his time as president. Lincoln hates vampires for killing his mother when he was a child. He tries to destroy the vampire that killed her but fails miserably and is rescued from death by Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), a veteran vampire hunter. Henry takes him under his wing and teaches him how to destroy vampires. Lincoln then enters politics and falls in love with Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Lincoln's greatest challenge as a hunter and a president is how to wipe out vampires in the south who are led by Adam (Rufus Sewell) and are feeding off slaves.

Some of the fight sequences in this film are good but others drag on unnecessarily. The 3D was also hit and miss. Rather than provide the depth that 3D is suppose to do, it was actually quite distracting at times, particularly in vital fight scenes. Also, for a horror film, it wasn't all that horrifying.

The best aspect of the film is actually the acting, which is quite extraordinary considering the odd storyline. Sewell was a great villain and deserved more screen time, while Cooper was surprisingly sympathetic. Anthony Mackie and Jimmi Simpson provided good supporting roles as Lincoln's friends but really it's Walker's performance that holds the film together. Moments that should have been more cringeworthy were almost plausible thanks to him. He's a relative newcomer to film, but he's one to keep an eye on.

If you like vampire tales and can accept that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is pointless and ridiculous, then you might be able to enjoy the film. But the majority of people will probably want to walk out after the first 30 minutes.