Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37% (Critics) / 75% (Audience)
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov
Written By: Seth Grahame-Smith
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
The first half of the film chronicling a young Lincoln’s journey from vengeance feuled hothead to capable vampire killing bad ass was really enjoyable. There was a sense of fun and a cool energy to the proceedings.
Timur Bekmambetov penchant for making visually appealing movies was on full display here.
Too bad the second half of the movie where we are following along with Lincoln’s retirement from vampire hunting and rise to the presidency was such a bummer. To try and tackle serious issues in a movie like this is just ridiculous and only served to completely kill any of the momentum the movie had going for it.
I also found the relationship between Lincoln and Mary Todd to be a total borefest. There was zero chemistry between Benjamin Walker and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The overly hyper-edited fight scenes were terrible to follow.
Final Verdict: When the focus was on a young Lincoln using stylized kung-fu to butcher creatures of the night with his trusty ax ALVH was a fun bit of summer movie escapism. When the movie veered into historical dramatization territory the film became a chore to sit through. The adventures of a pre-President Lincoln hunting vampires would have made a really entertaining 2 hour movie…there was no need to focus on a 50-something year old Pres. Lincoln at all and by doing so Bekmambetov and Grahame-Smith ripped the goofily charming heart out of this flick. C+