Opening in theatres from director Timur Bekmambetov and 20th Century Fox comes a vivid look at one of America’s early Presidents with “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.

This film tells the story of Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker), who as a young man witnesses his mother’s death by a vampire. As Abe grows up he takes a vow of revenge against the vampire who caused her death. He meets Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), a man who teaches Abe the art of killing vampires by wielding a silver ax.

Now studying to be a lawyer and working in a shop owned by Joshua Speed (Jimmi Simpson), Abe is reunited with his childhood friend Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) who knows about the vampires as well. Looking for the leader Adam (Rufus Sewell) now becomes the challenge.

When Lincoln becomes President the vampires once again rise up and take part in the Civil War but also in his life by threatening his wife Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and their young son. Its time to take the ax out of retirement and band together to save a young nation.

FINAL WORD: Walker as Lincoln is interesting. There are moments where he truly does resemble what most of us think of as Lincoln. Its obvious that he jumped into the character full force and probably enjoyed throwing the ax around. His character was sweet in his relationship with his wife and friends and stern as the President.

Cooper as Sturgess gives a surprising turn of events in the film. Simpson as Speed gets a moment here and there although there is this underlying creepiness that I don’t understand really. Winstead as Mary Todd is sweet and lovely with a strength all her own.

Mackie as friend Will is as loyal as we all hoped a childhood friend would be. Steadfast and strong standing by Lincoln the man as well as the President. Sewell is always a joy to watch. There isn’t a performance that he’s done that I don’t like, even characters were he’s not such a nice guy. Here he gets to be a not-so-nice-guy with fangs!

Other cast include: Marton Csokas as Jack Barts, Joseph Mawle as Thomas Lincoln, Robin McLeavy as Nancy Lincoln, Erin Wasson as Vadoma, John Rothman as Jefferson Davis, Frank Brennan as Senator Jeb Nolan, and Jacqueline Fleming as Harriet Tubman.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. There are so many things I’m disappointed with and I truly don’t know where to begin. The coloring was off, the makeup was visibly thick, there were two scenes out of focus (which is really a bummer if you see it in 3D), there were a few scenes that are beyond ridiculous and a few that were totally unnecessary.

There will be some that are thrilled with what director Bekmambetov has done but I am just not one of them.

In the end – President by day, hunter by night.

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