October 9, 2012

Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter: Movie Review

Timur Bekmambetov directed and produced a lot of films since Wanted, but none of them got popular. Now he is back at the big screen with a great anticipated movie and teams up with the Tim Burton, although he name is the only thing that left a remark on the movie.

Short Conclusion: The movie is like the will-never-be-created wanted 2. More about the reason for the vast similarity despite its different time and setting will be answered in the blog post.

Abraham Lincoln wasn't the president we think he was. Not everything he did was written in the book of history, just his results overstood the tooth of time. To defend the human rights and protect the weak he needed to overcome the most feared enemy since the creation of human kind. Vampire, ancient, undead and without any mercy.

The Beginning:
At the age of 9, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire, Jack Barts. Some 10 years later, he unsuccessfully tries to eliminate Barts but in the process makes the acquaintance of Henry Sturgess who teaches him how to fight and what is required to kill a vampire... 

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After the training begins the hunt for the vampires, which ends in each case deadly and bloody. More bloodier than i thought it would be. Beheading them was kinda nice of him instead of the other things he does. But one thing is similar to all of their deaths and that is the stylistic way he does it. Abraham jumps, turns, spins around and uses several methods (some were really unexpected) to kill his prey. The camera acts the same way and spins around in ridiculous ways to show the best moments in the best light withing epic looking landscapes. One scene was a fight between a running herd of horses which the vampire used to throw at Abraham. That was as unrealistic as it could be but something i never saw done before. The end scene (pictured on the left) on the train is at least as gorgeous staged. The movie may had a weak and ridiculous dump story but nonetheless the movie was cinematic till the end and what else needs a movie to be? Having a great story is definitely a plus but for me a movie is all about "showing". I wouldn't read the book it is based on but the movie does its job well in showing you a different world in colorful pictures. this movie is one i would call "Summer Blockbuster", despite its wrong release frame. A movie that is simple on one hand and spectacular on the other just like wanted was.
Did you already watched the movie yourself or read the book? Tell me if you liked it or want to watch it and how which one you liked more: Wanted or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

4 Kommentare:

  1. Haven't seen it, and didn't want to... but after your comments, sounds like it might be a fun movie to watch on DVD. Thanks.

    1. it's really a good choice for a boring TV day with a couple of friends. Its the movie you don't need to focus on all the time to understand it, but the few fighting scenes are gorgerous and fun to watch.

  2. Thanks for the review! I honestly didn't want to see this movie at first either, but now after reading your review, and hearing some good things from a couple coworkers of mine at DISH, I'm now pretty curious to check it out. I really liked Wanted unlike some people too, so I'm sure I'll like this one just as much as you. I've noticed it was available to add to my Blockbuster @Home queue now, so I'm going to add it to the very top of my list to check out probably next weekend. You're not the first person I've come across that says the fighting scenes were gorgeous and fun to watch too, so I'm definitely now pretty excited to check it out! :)

    1. Some movies arent meant to change the world but that doesn't mean that they aren't fun to watch. This one is such a case.

      I'm jealous of your blockbuster account by the way, because we don't have it here in germany. The same goes for netflix. Thanks for the compliment :)