When it's over, what a disappointment. This was one film I was looking forward to seeing. Having Honest Abe and vampires together seemed like a good combination in book form (written by Seth Grahame-Smith), but on screen, it was a mess. The scenes felt abrupt, like it was unfolding too fast. I felt like I was being pulled through the story rather than be led through the story. When Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) discovers that there are vampires threatening to take over the country, he is determined to find and destroy their leader (Rufus Sewell). The story chronicles Lincoln's life from the age of nine onwards, through his training with Henry (Dominic Cooper) and into his presidency. It's the younger years in Lincoln's life which I found most entertaining, the years in which he dedicated his time to hunting vampires. The climatic scene has Lincoln fighting vampires at the ripe age of 50, which I found unrealistic, since the vampires have greater strength, agility, and can even render themselves invisible. Mortal humans don't have a fighting chance, but alas, it's fiction, and to maintain historical accuracy, Lincoln lived to save the day and to see the end of slavery. The unrealistic aspect of this film was forgiveable and I could see past that, but what I couldn't get past was the look of the vampires. They were rather pathetic, lacking in charm or lethal-ness. Like some old horror film, the vampires did nothing more than spring out their fangs into the camera and disappeared on occasion like old-fashioned magic tricks. Poor design and poor execution made this film a perfect example of an entertaining book adapted gone south.
My rating: 2 out of 5
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