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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Quick fact: This movie is based on a novel….. I didn’t know that before I watched it; did you?

I also don’t know why, but I was so skeptical about the movie being worth my time and that may have caused the long delay before I watched it.

Allow me digress a bit…. if you follow me on twitter you probably have seen my tweets discussing the current state of the movie industry (I mean Hollywood not Nollywood now) and the apparent blame the people who make many horribly films horrendously successful should bear.

This made me ask people why they chose to watch a movie and I will ask this here again:

‘What is your biggest motivation for going to see a movie?’

‘Do you attribute quality to the film based on that motivation?’

The reason I ask this is that in my opinion, if you go watch a movie because you like an actor then you should enjoy it because the actor is in it.

It’s like a person buying a soda because it’s the coldest and complaining later that the soda was not sweet; if you wanted a sweet soda then you should have chosen the sweetest not the coldest.

Back to Abraham Lincoln….I do regret giving my time to movies such as ‘The Expendables 2’ or ‘Taken 2’ before I gave my time to it (no offence to anyone who loved those movies).

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[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]The infusion of history into a modern-day fad turned out to be extremely well-played.

I don’t know why but I love the way the stories were fused to seem plausible. A lot of people called it too serious and did not like that the silly undertones of being a vampire movie was not more pronounced but to me that made the film all the more enjoyable.

The visual effects were really great, and the acting really nice so for all those who wanted to go watch some silly vampire flick full of all the usual modern-day film fodder and were disappointed, I’m sorry but I enjoyed the film as it is (Especially the horse scene where he dealt with Bart).[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Cast“]Abraham Lincoln played by Benjamin Walker

I don’t know what went through this young man’s mind when they asked him to play the role of Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter; I do know he did a good job. Even though the character had the initial boorish mannerism of one who has a score to settle, I admire how he was able to get a calm head after his initial encounter and demonstrate restraint until he understood his opponent and what weapons of warfare were the most effective.

I must commend the Make-up team too because once they started showing the older version of Abraham, I genuinely thought a new actor had taken over.

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Henry Sturges played by Dominic Cooper

This character finds himself in a situation he doesn’t appreciate and decides to do all he can to get rid of the menace that put him there in the first place instead of wallowing in self-pity.

If you think that’s easy, I can assure you it’s not and though I’m not saying he handled all dealings in the right manner, I think he did a lot of things he could have as well lived without doing.

I hope the end scenes don’t suggest some form of sequel ideas in the minds of the producers though.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Supporting Cast“]I’ll stop with the two above and do a general review for all other cast because as far as I’m concerned everyone of them played their role quite well. I don’t really know how 1800 Americans behaved or what the people were like in those days but I came off watching this movie feeling like it could have happened exactly the way they said it did (well maybe except for the visual effects).[/toggle]

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I know I’m not saying what everyone felt.

That’s probably because I didn’t have any expectations before I watched this movie or maybe because I felt it was just going to be another dreary vampire film with a widely fantastic plot and was thoroughly surprised.

All in all I will give this film a good recommendation. It’s not your typical modern romanticized vampire flick that tries to pour some sappy love story involving vampires and humans down our throat. Please!

Great movie jor! I know one person for sure who does not agree one bit with me (you know yourself), so I ask the following:

Did you like the movie or not?

Was your motivation for watching it satisfied?

Do you think I’m being too generous with my approval?

Let us know in the comments!

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. punkenstein

    22nd November 2012 at 2:08 pm

    avoided watching the film as well. Maybe I’ll watch soon, next year.

    What motivates me to watch a movie? The plot/synopsis. Then of course, if it’s done by Keanu Reeves, Mel Gibson, Robert Downey jr. or is about Batman, I’ll definitely watch.

    • MoviePencil

      22nd November 2012 at 2:43 pm

      LOL at next year. I see you’re still on about Keanu and Constantine!. SMH

  2. Ayo

    22nd November 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I think I watched an entirely different movie…this movie has no redeeming qualities..none..at least Taken 2 and the Expendables had the benefit of awesome, big-name actors..this one had nothing..zilch

    • MoviePencil

      22nd November 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Well guys I told you didn’t I? He totally disagrees with all I said. Lol!

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