I Got You, Abe

An Active3D Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Rating: *** (out of 5)

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“Axe not what your country can do for you…”

Abraham Lincoln was one of my childhood heroes, as I had understood him to have opposed slavery because of his resistance to racism. It turns out, however, that Lincoln had been quite a staunch racist, despite his non-slavery stance. In fact, there are revisionists who have enough proof to support the view that Abraham Lincoln – this man that so many of us had held up as a paragon of virtue – was a white supremacist!

With this in mind, Fictional Detour # 1 in this film is that Mr Lincoln (played by Benjamin Walker), having witnessed racism as a child, made it his lifelong business to oppose such a prejudicial philosophy. Fictional Detour # 2 is the film’s cute little conceit that the Civil War wasn’t about South vs North, but rather about humans vs vampires. So now you know!

Early in the story, Lincoln has his bacon saved by a friendly vampire (Dominic Cooper) who becomes his mentor and vampire consultant (read “turncoat” to the vampire community). Together, this duo protects America from an onslaught of the bloodsucking beasts.

Considering that the film’s premise is such an outrageously tongue-in-cheek one, it does take itself very seriously, and it was these two elements (the daft concept vs serious execution) that I felt didn’t sit comfortably together in the same skin.

And this guy they have playing Honest Abe, looks more like Conan O’Brien than the stovepipe-hatted US president, which is unsettling in a manner which I don’t believe was intended…

All that having been said, the movie is surprisingly entertaining – and the 3-D photography is… um… bloody good!

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