[BD Review] Action-Packed ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Suffers From Weak Script & Character Development

ALVH-080 - Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) examines his vampire-hunting weapon of choice, a specially crafted axe.

I was extremely excited for Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D, his historical retelling in theaters tomorrow from Twentieth Century Fox. The film brings a unique vision to theaters, a rare original idea surrounded by franchise sequels and remake (although, I guess you can argue that “Abraham Lincoln” is a name brand). Anyways, the movie wasn’t as good as I had hoped. Benjamin Walker looks cool, but Seth Grahame-Smith has no idea what the real Honest Abe was like. The characters are faceless, the script is a mess, and the movie looks like absolute dog shit. It looks terrrrrrible. With that said, it’s still pretty fun (at times) and features some great action sequences. 3-D is fake.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is kind of fun, but wholly forgettable. It’s the kind of movie you see just to get out of the brutal summer heat by enjoying the theater’s cool air conditioning. The main problem with the film is twofold, beginning with the tone of both the script and Honest Abe… And while the character development and screenplay are a complete mess, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, at times, is an incredibly interesting movie. The flick features some brilliant CGI work, incredible choreography, and even the vampires look dope.

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  • sex-robot

    This movie looks awful. Crouching tiger wire fights and cgi overload..no thanks

  • djblack1313

    this DOES look like fun. it’s also the type of movie (i think) that doesn’t demand in depth character development (i could be wrong though). PROMETHEUS (even though i was VERY disappointed with it, i kindasorta enjoyed it) is a movie that had a god awful script and had NO character development (David and Shaw notwithstanding). it was the type of movie that NEEDED those things. with LINCOLN/VAMPIRE HUNTER i’m not expecting or really wanting a deep thoughtful movie or character development rich film. just some fun action/vampire killing/gore.

  • ttop33

    Seth Grahame-Smith has struck out twice with horrible writing. I guess Beetlejuice 2 will be crap.

  • Adam666

    i agree with u djblack. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is not the kind of movie that needs to have character development and a good script. It’s just a fun entertaining vampire film and for once its not about a human in love with a vampire. After all the boring Twilights that have come out during the last decade, isnt it time for a fun vampire film?

  • djblack1313

    thanx Adam666! :)

  • EvilHead1981

    I agree. BTW, what do they mean “bad script”? As long as they don’t try to contemporize it by having Abe going, “Yo, wassup bitches!!”, I can deal with bland 19th century speak. Especially if it’s lack of colorful expression. Instead of, “You, git yer ass over there and look through that window!”, we get, “Hey, go over there and look out the window!”, that wouldn’t matter much.

    Also, what’s the problem people are complaining about regarding how it’s not historically accurate. Of COURSE it’s not, Lincoln is a freakin VAMPIRE HUNTER! What, are you gonna gripe that Bram Stoker’s Dracula isn’t historically accurate because Vlad III wasn’t an actual vampire living in the 19th century? LOL!

  • morrisseylikesburgers

    Let’s be honest, were people really expecting this to be good?

  • Nothing333

    Mediocrity is never a good label for a seemingly gung ho movie.

  • Adam666

    every review i have read has given it a good review fangoria gave it 3.5./4 and dreadcentral gave it 3.5/5 so yeah it is that good.

  • xfearbefore

    Do you really need character development in a film about Abraham Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter? Really? It’s Abe Lincoln. Killing vampires.

  • EvanDickson

    Guys – when we say a “good script” we’re not talking about it being a Charlie Kaufman movie. In this case we simply mean “a script good enough to make Abe Lincoln killing vampires for two hours entertaining.” And it fails.

    Movie is super boring IMO