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

Synopsis:
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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