ACTION; MA, 1hr 45min
STARRING: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Marton Csokas
Abraham Lincoln (Walker), the 16th president of the US, hasn’t been renowned for his vampire wipe-out prowess. That’s all changed, more’s the pity, with director Timur Bekmambetov’s idiotic film of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2010 mash-up novel, which Grahame-Smith (also known for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) adapted for the screen.
Lincoln’s wildly re-imagined history begins in 1818, with his witnessing as a young boy of his mother’s death at the fangs of Indiana plantation owner—and vampire! —Jack Barts (Csokas). That kind of experience tends to make an impression. Now a young man, vengeance-bent Abe is mentored by nice-guy vamp Henry Sturgess (Cooper). Henry cautions Abe against forming personal attachments, but the future prez goes his own busy way, wooing comely Mary Todd (Winstead) between slayings, while also building a political future.
“If vampire hunting doesn’t pan out, I’ll need a career to fall back on,” he reasons. God knows what the real Mr Lincoln would make of that, but from where I was sitting, seldom have such excellent technical resources been squandered on such a bloody fool’s errand.
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