Comic books have been used as source material for movies for many years. But in the last decade, film makers have been feverishly scouring the pages of comics for more and more original ideas. They have become the prime source for many films, some highly regarded and others not so.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was recently one of the latest sources to be developed into a major motion picture. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is its one of the more interesting concepts to be merged together to bring forth a unique take on one of the most distinct figures in American History. The film stars Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Father),Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing 2011), Rufus Sewell (The Tourist), Anthony Mackie (Man on A Ledge), Marton Caskos (The Debt), Dominic Cooper (Centurion).
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a multifaceted intersection of history and fantasy. It incorporates a number of genres to bring forth one of the more unique films of 2012. Action, fantasy, history, and horror all converge in this tale about one of the most popular presidents in our history. The film was inspired by a comic book of the same name.
“Vampire Hunter” is an interesting quest into the realm of the supernatural that springs forth because of a thirst for vengeance. It features an intriguing start the immediately submerses the audience into the story. One of the strengths of the films is that it actually manages to try to intertwine the film with real history. As the adventure unfolds, it coincides with the many of the trademarks of Lincoln’s life. Abraham Lincoln incorporates multiple monumental moments in history. “Vampire Hunter” delivers its version of Lincoln’s history very smooth. The larger than life elements of Lincoln’s life fit right into the story and it almost seems as if it was Lincoln’s actual history. The movie incorporates the foundation to Lincoln’s early years showing his beginnings in politics. Shows his fervor for the abolishing of slavery, and his pursuit for the equality of man. “Vampire Hunter” manages to incorporate the Civil war into the story and an interesting twist on it. An alternative perspective to the vampire legend. Invisibility, adaptability to sunlight, and vampires cannot kill their own kind. “Only the living can kill the dead.” But it still keeps (retains) many of the traditional elements of the legend.
The cinematography is great. It compliments the film as it showcases the great moments in history. The capital, the Lincoln memorial, and other sights are show in their early stages. It also features some good action sequences that help to facilitate the film.
I was pleasantly surprised and really impressed by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The film easily surpassed my expectations for the film. It managed to successfully twist and contort the history of the film and then meld it with the supernatural facets of the story very well. The last 30-40 min falls off which makes the films somewhat less interesting than the early part of the story. It loses a lot of the momentum that the initial stages, however, the climax helps to redeem the second half of the film. It’s a good watch that will entertain most. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed.
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