Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

The director gets credit for some nice visuals, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a contrived, unengaging movie that takes itself too seriously.

Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced — as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthristy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation’s favorite president…as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. — (C) Official Site

This movie does have something. The acting was decent and the Gothic visuals looked good. But halfway through the movie turns from an alternate autobiography into alternate history, all the while selling a silly premise with a serious and dramatic story.

The movie never really offers anything above sub par.  It becomes as predictable and contrived as its fight scenes. It doesn’t do much to suspend disbelief either. The movie’s attempt to mix Lincoln’s exploits with politics fell flat. The idea of Vampires using slaves as food wasn’t developed. As a result there’s no sense of conflict or something big at stake to invest in as the movie climaxes.

The vampires are much more evolved than typical ones, with their ability to adapt to sunlight and become invisible. But even with all the main villain’s power, his final showdown with the vampire hunter/president is lackluster.

The movie’s all too serious tone clashes with its ridiculous premise. Without a sense of humor or even irony, its hard to bite into the story. And even the story isn’t back up by something interesting to sustain your attention. The action quickly wears off with usual slow motion effects.

There’s not much to expect with a title like that, but more effort could have been made to turn it into a good distraction.

My Rating: 4/10

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