First Reviews For ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Hit
The embargo has lifted and the first reviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter have hit. Does director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) have a hit on his hands or does the unique take on the historic figure fall flat?
Below are the first few reviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and it would appear as if the response so far is a mixed (well, mostly negative) one. Of course, it's worth bearing in mind that the likes of Empire, Digital Spy and Total Film have yet to reveal their take, while we're also awaiting the response of various other websites and publications. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for my take on the film.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a strange film, but then it was always going to be. It diverges wildly from the book and mostly for the better, adding more humour and some sense of its own ridiculousness, while also delivering some top notch action scenes. But the story is half formed and the final battle unsatisfying, while the use of the character of Lincoln never really feels essential. And you’d be well advised to catch it in 2D, if you can.
here are a lot of amusing nods to historical events and characters that anyone with a high school diploma will find entertaining. But it’s the overall feel of the film that I loved most. Beside’s Walkers spot on Abe, it’s a very dark and violent film. Initially I was sure the studio would want to sell as many tickets as possible to a film that had vampire in the title and slap a PG-13 rating on it. However, Fox, trusting a successful R-rated director in Timur, held nothing back and the film is better for it. It’s incredibly violent and features vampires in the correct and demonic light with which they should be seen. It’s not overly campy but it’s just enough to smirk at and you’ll find yourself saying "Really?" only a few times. The action is far too much fun and grabs you from the first axe swing till the last twirl. Abe’s axe is the new bending bullet.
Source: Hey U Guys
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’s heart may be in the right place -- and any film that makes people interested in reading up on the real Lincoln must be commended -- but overall the film is, ironically, bloodless, chugging along from Great Lincoln Historical Moment to carefully choreographed action set-piece without ever generating much energy or enthusiasm.
Source: IGN Movies
Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln
Rufus Sewell as Adam
Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed
Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturges
Anthony Mackie as William Johnson
Robin McLeavy as Nancy Lincoln
Alan Tudyk as Stephen A. Douglas
Marton Csokas as Jack Armstrong
Cameron M. Brown as Willie Lincoln
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2012
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