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Fact, fiction and history all get blended together and blurred effectively in this Tim Burton produced, Timur Bekmambetov directed action adventure that puts the 16th President of the United States as a leader in the day, and a vampire hunter at night, in a story that's Batman-esque, complete with dark visuals that Bekmambetov is well known for from his Day Watch and Night Watch films. It's Abraham Lincoln like we've never seen before which supposedly puts him at the forefront of the fight against Vampires, responsible for the loss of a parent as well as becoming a growing force that's threatening his presidency.
For starters, with the countless of vampire related films these days, one can be already jaded and start to question, what's next, new and fresh? Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on the story by Seth Grahame-Smith, is a novel and interesting manner in which fantasy and history get blended together for a rarely seen before take of a What If, Elseworlds scenario, and the narrative hits it right at many spots along the way. It's impossible to cover every milestone in a biographical film, but this one had important milestones that were adapted, and carefully selected so that they can blend into the fantastical elements it so desires to fuse them with.
And the cast is top notch too, with Anthony Mackie and Jimmi Simpson playing Abe's loyal supporters, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd, Abe's wife, and the relative unknown of Benjamin Walker stepping into the big shoes of the titular character, and better yet, carries the role off whether be it the youthful, impetuous version, or the older one who's more in tune to the well remembered image of Abe Lincoln himself. Action under Bekmambetov's direction was spectacularly designed, if not already offering anything new as far as the genre goes, with the heavy use of blood, gore and dismemberment of the undead set to thrill, and one of the best use and 3D design to provide that incredible depth of field and having things really jump up and out at you as an added, though well executed, gimmick.
If you're in need for a straight forward action adventure involving the unlikeliest heroic protagonist, then perhaps Abraham Lincoln in a What-If type scenario may satisfy that desire, set to open in screens here sandwiched between the friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler, and the dark knight.
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