Sadly, I haven’t read the book yet so I don’t have anything to compare the movie to, but I knew I was going to see it the second I heard it was being produced by Tim Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).
Lincoln is portrayed as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. After his mother dies killed by a vampire when Abraham is just a boy, he promises to get revenge on the man who did it. Years and a botched assassination attempt later, he meets Henry Sturges, a new-found ally who agrees to teach him how to fight and destroy vampires.
It was an all around good action flick, but that’s about it.
Benjamin Walker plays the 16th President of the USA and does a half decent job, playing it a bit too serious and dramatic which clashes with the rather silly premise of the movie. I expected an overall more layed back feel to the movie.
I also found all the performances to be stiff and forced at times. Dominic Cooper, who plays Sturges, makes his character seem almost kooky crazy at the beginning with a sudden change towards grim for the rest of the movie. However, having not read the novel I couldn’t say for sure if he’s character is supposed to be that way or not.
What I truly enjoyed and if you’ve seen Wanted, you have an idea what to expect, were the special effects. If the whole dark, grim and bloody atmosphere of the movie most likely comes from Burton, then we should thank Bekmambetov for the visuals – or the special effects team he hired.
The fight scenes are really well done, especially the horse scene and the ballroom one. If you’re a fan of good fights and CGI eye candy, this is one movie for you.
Sadly, while the FX were awesome, they made the plot feel like it was moving slow. Also, they made the rest of the movie feel a bit..not interesting bordering on boring. This is not a movie you get invested in, even though it doesn’t lack character development. I know I didn’t.
Not the greatest movie ever done, but it’s definitely flashy, bloody and entertaining.