Suspend disbelief for Abe Lincoln fantasy
MOVIE REVIEWREVIEWED BY NADINE HANCOCK
OPINION: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – 3D. Starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell; directed by Timur Bekmambetov
I must admit that I know little about Abraham Lincoln. My knowledge is limited to his tall black hat and his assassination at the theatre.
Instead, I am someone who seems to absorb everything vampire-related from the sparkling creations of Stephenie Meyer to Alan Ball's adaptation of Charlene Harris' vampires of the South. So give me a film that makes an iconic and historical figure into a vampire hunter and I'm intrigued - especially if it's in 3-D.
Based on the 2011 book of the same name, author Seth Grahame-Smith along with director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) have brought the reimagined life of Abraham Lincoln to the cinema in spectacular 3D. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter follows Abe (Benjamin Walker) from the loss of his mother at the hands of a vampire, through his obsessive vengeance which turns into a life-long obsession leading to his destiny as president of the United States.
While this plot may seem somewhat strange, it actually works well, even if it was a little odd to see Lincoln wield a silver-laden axe, giving Yoda a run for his money in terms of awesome battle scenes.
While Walker played the lead role, the standout actor in this film was definitely Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn, Captain America) playing Henry, Abe's guide into the world of vampire hunting.
He has hair which a certain Edward Cullen would be jealous of, sunglasses which have a steampunk feel to them and an attitude which can only be described as cool.
In terms of 3-D effects, it does not get any better than this. The film's depth was impressive, eye-popping scenes were incredible and little details like the floating dust particles and fire sparks were inspiring.
While I have not yet read this book, I have now put it on my “to be read” pile and cannot wait to compare it to this film which was a lot better than anticipated.
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