Film Review – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Film: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Released: 2012
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

What I thought of it:
I read the book on which this film is based last year, and the author, Seth Grahame-Smith, also wrote the screen play, so I was pretty certain he would do justice to his own source material. The casting was brilliant – exactly as I had imagined the characters when I read the book; the direction was superb (as you’d expect from the man behind Wanted); and the action sequences and effects were nothing short of heart-stopping It’s a thrilling roller-coaster ride of a movie that is every bit as good as the book – a rare and beautiful thing!

I seriously hope more mash-ups movies will be coming soon, perhaps Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A E Moorat (which similarly closely follows the true life of Queen Victoria and enhances it with the addition of demons), and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which is scandalously close to Austen’s original novel and delights in adding a zombie outbreak to the fray) would be prime candidates as book-to-big-screen adaptations – I’d certainly be happy to watch them!

Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Excellent close-to-the-truth biopic of America’s most famous and best-loved president with a great twist. Highly entertaining.

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