zaterdag 15 februari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 30: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Genre: Horror/ Thriller/ Fantasy
Runtime: 105 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie

Description: Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker), 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.

Review: The title says it all, former president of the USA Abraham Lincoln is going to slay vampires. This completely insane concept is based on the bestseller written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Director Timur Bekmambetov knows how to make it into a good movie. The movie starts with a scene where a young Abe sees his mother get killed by a vampire. When he grows up he meets Henry Sturgess, who teaches him how to become a vampire hunter.
The filmmakers take the strange story very seriously and that works surprisingly well. Although it’s sometimes over-the-top, the scenes are very authentic and the film is very surprising and gives you some big scares. Especially the scene where Abe is fighting vampires on top of a train is fantastic. Eighty percent of its runtime this movie manages to burst of energy, but the visuals are always 100%.
The cast is also a strong point, because there is not one black sheep. It’s a solid line-up, without any ‘big’ names. “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” is a joy to watch and it succeeds in turning the bestselling book into a movie.

Rating: 3,5/ 5

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