The new film by Timur Bekmambetov has the promise to be ridiculous fun, but sadly doesn’t deliver. Taking an alternate take on the popular American icon, the film stars Benjamin Walker (channeling a young Liam Neeson) as the historic axe wielding president. With a script written by the book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, we go through Lincoln’s entire life from a young boy to being the president of the United States in a strangely POE-faced manner, without any winking towards the camera. It’s an odd experience to see such a ludicrous conception done with a straight face amongst all the CGI affects. Perhaps they had a serious point to make. With Lincoln hunting down those pesky blood suckers, who of course don’t like the idea of abolishing slavery and are in league with the confederacy. So it’s up to our Abraham (Abe to his friends) to not only free the slaves, but to save America from being enslaved.
Walker gives a sold performance as do most of the cast. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd, Dominic Cooper as vampire hunting mentor Henry Sturgess and Anthony Mackie as Lincoln’s black best friend (yes really), William H. Johnson. However all talents are wasted as the script just throws ideas and characters at the screen in the hope that it will stick and hold together. Rufus Sewell who is a fine actor is given nothing to do when he should be chewing the scenery as the main villain Adam. What left is the grand spectacle of the action scenes witch feather a chase through a stampede of horses and a climax on a train running across a burning bridge. Both sound exciting on paper, unfortunately they are mostly computer generated in a way that seams unreal so lacks any real danger or threat. The real crime of Abraham Vampire: Vampire Hunter is that despite the silly lavish title, it is just dull. The whole appeal of a film with this title is to have fun and relish with such preposterous idea. It’s a film equivalent of a joke told completely out of time.