It seems that President Obama isn’t the only one going for the popular vote and he’s got some tough competition. Abraham Lincoln is making a comeback and he’s taking down vampires while he’s at it.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based off the book of the same title by Seth Grahame-Smith. After witnessing the death of his mother (Robin McLeavy), Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) swears he’ll avenge her by slaying the murderer, a local businessman named Jack Barts (Marton Csokas). Unbeknownst to him, his mother’s murderer is not exactly human, and he’s gotten himself in way over his head.
After a failed attempt at assassinating Barts, Lincoln is taken in by a mysterious man named Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) who informs the young Lincoln that there are vampires everywhere (including *spoiler* Barts), and that he won’t be able to kill them or his mother’s killer without some training. Sturgess enlists Lincoln as a hunter and promises him he’ll have his revenge as long as a set of rules are followed. One big one is to not have any friends or relationships.
After moving to Springfield to study law and continue as a vampire hunter, Lincoln finds shelter and work in a local store run by a man named Joshua Speed (Jimmi Simpson). While in Springfield, Lincoln gets involved in some pretty epic fights with some scary looking vampires (anyone else relieved they aren’t sparkling?). The fight scenes have a bit of a Matrix feel to them, due to the pausing during the climax of the fight scenes and some of the effects. It was cool, but you’d think they could be a little more original with the fights. The vampires reminded me of the ones from 30 Days of Nights. Definitely not a vampire you’d want to run into alone.
Abe is doing his best to follow all the rules and mind his business, but he is captivated by a young woman named Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and is unable to resist her charms. The story turns from action/horror to romance/drama pretty quickly, but the transition is very clever and works for the story. Two very big things happen to change the direction of the story.
An old friend, Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) finds Lincoln and asks for his help. He’s gotten himself into some trouble while assisting on the underground railroad and needs Abe’s knowledge of the law to help him get out of trouble. Another major turning point is when Lincoln discovers a secret about his mentor Strurgess; Lincoln abandons his mentor along with hunting in order to pursue a political career.
It’s very interesting to watch Lincoln progress as not only a young man maturing, but also as a young lawyer into the 16th President of the United States. The movie has a little bit of everything; romance, comedy, horror, action and drama. As a big horror buff, I really enjoyed the vampires themselves and how they weren’t your typical “we only come out at night and turn into bats” vampires. This movie is definitely worth a watch and is out in theaters now.