Reviews and Problems with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
24 May 2013
Excerpt: Met het verstand op nul is deze film wel prima te doen. Een genre waarin historie en horror wordt vermengd. Dat er iets met Vampire Hunter niet in de haak was, bleek te kloppen. Hij was niet goed, maar ook niet superslecht. Blij dat ik hem niet 3D in de bioscoop ben gaan bekijken. Je moet absoluut niet rekenen op een pretentieloze en spannende vampierfilm. Geen mooie actiescènes. Alles kon beter! Zou hem ook niet opnieuw willen zien! Een score van 4 krijgt ie van mij.
Excerpt: The premise of a historic figure becoming a vampire slayer is ludicrous, the the creators were very serious about this. Some ideas such as this clearly need some sort of humor injected, since it is already fictionalized, why take yourselves seriously? Has the feel of an Underworld and Sleepy Hollow, but lacks the entertainment value and appropriate story telling. Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) tries to avenge his mothers death.
Summary: I can see some people having fun with this - but I found it way to schlocky, plus the effects were pretty terrible. There's no standout actors or overall driving theme - just, as the tiles suggests, Abraham Lincoln (both young and old) taking out vampires. If that sounds like it will float your boat, by all means check it out - I think once is enough for me.
Summary: I was hoping for an action packed, silly and consistently fun homage to one of the most beloved presidents. Instead, I got a mediocre action flick, with a lousy script and a self-serious attitude. It's all just a fast, flashy and tonally inconsistent helping of slo-mo CG fights.
Summary: Some vampire movies are classics ('Nosferatu.') Some are scary ('Martin.') Some are class ('Let the Right One In.') Some are camp ('Bram Stoker's Dracula.') Some are cool ('Near Dark.') Some are epic ('Interview with the Vampire.') Some are badass ('Blade.') Some are fun ('The Lost Boys.') Some are hip ('From Dusk Till Dawn.') Some are glittery-sh*t-on-a-stick ('Twish*te.') And this? This is just trying to be everything.
Summary: The biggest issue with this film is that despite its ludicrous title and concept, it was almost complete devoid of any humour. Basically just a dull action flick with limp 3D effects (aside from an admittedly amusing sequence involving projectile horses and Shortland Street's Leonard Dodds). Only highlight was Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, who somehow managed to convey both the kickass action hero and elder statesman qualities of his character.
Summary: This movie really struggles on so many levels. You don't get a chance to warm to characters. Or you just don't warm to them. The lead actor is underwhelming. It could be trying to be a historical Abe Lincoln and serious, in a movie that at times felt it should be a comedy or action flick. The slow talking dorky Abe just didn't fit with action hero.