Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D
Out Now On-Demand
President by day. Hunter by night.
Tim Burton presents this action mash-up of American history and horror fantasy directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), following the rise of Abraham Lincoln as both a nation’s leader and a hunter of the undead.
Long before any political aspirations, Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) was driven by the desire for revenge against Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) - the killer of his mother. But Barts is no mortal man. Aided by a vampire expert (Dominic Cooper), Lincoln learns to channel his anger into a more noble task: the destruction of all vampires across America.
- Tim Burton('Edward Scissordhands', 'Corpse Bride', 'Batman Returns')
Fantasy, Horror, Historical, 3D
Rating: R16 contains horror scenes and violence
This much-anticipated creative melding of Bekmambetov and Burton has to go down as the big disappointment of the year so far. In their determination to remain historically accurate, the pair have forgotten to have fun with what is essentially a lurid and laughable idea.
The antics of the top-hatted, axe-wielding Civil War-era aspiring American politician as he vows vengeance on the Dixie-siding bloodsuckers who took his mammy (most notably horribly typecast Kiwi Marton Csokas) just cry out for Gettysberg-inspired one-liners. However, instead we just get po-faced multiple beheadings, with grainly special effects rendered almost unwatchable when viewed through Bekmambetov’s gloom-filled palette.
A bizarro combination of The Matrix Revolutions and New Zealand’s own Perfect Creature, this is only worth watching for fans of feral facial fuzz, the winsome Winstead and for the truly surreal sight of Speights’ former Southern Man throwing a horse at our hero during a battle scene.
Lincoln himself once said that “everybody likes a compliment”, sadly it’s hard to find anything good to say about this cinematic stain on his good name.
Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)
New York Daily News
Time Out New York
Total Film (UK)
I'll be honest - somehow I missed learning about American history in high school, so I really only knew the bare minimum about Abraham Lincoln. I knew enough to know that he wasn't *really* a Vampire Hunter, of course... ;) but other than that, I had to rely on the actors and the storyline to guide me. And you know what? They succeeded!
I've not seen the majority of these actors before, which was actually really refreshing, and I reckon they all did a great job at bringing their characters to life. I particularly enjoyed Dominic Cooper's role - definitely brought some energy and spark into the mix. Benjamin Walker was a charming Abraham Lincoln, making it easy to admire him in the way that we're supposed to :) As for the storyline, it's not the best of plots I've ever seen, but it was far from the worst as well. The ending was really spectacular - the 3D element of the film was particularly well done there! I like the fact that despite the 'vampire' saturation going on these days, this film had its throwbacks to the original vampire genre of Dracula, not the modern-day interpretation - another thing that makes this film refreshing, and well worth a watch.
Good old vampire fun!
I won tickets to this movie, it would not be a movie I would choose to see but I actually enjoyed it! The fight scenes were really good and it was an entertaining movie.
New take on history and vampires
Interesting concept. I guess there are so many other vampire movies out there that they had to think of something different. Who thought of good old Abe being a vampire hunter!
Overall it was enjoyable with a lot going on. 3D was pretty good....liked the blood splatter effects. I had no attachment to the characters so didnt care who died....not many did thou!
Thanks Flicks! Glad it was't Katy Perry :)
Awesome!!! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D
It is indeed a mystery movie, and it really amazes me and my friend who went with me, all the while we thought it would be the latest Batman movie... but we are happy it was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D, we are not fans of vampire movies, but this time we were really entertained, we enjoyed every minute of the movie... it was historical facts but we were left confused while we were in the movie house for its fiction... but when we are already discussing it after the movie, we were back to reality that it is indeed a combination of historical facts and fiction... as long as people are back to its senses after the movie, and separate the historical facts and fiction, it is good indeed!... the 3D added a lot of marvels to the movie... my favourite was the fight on the horse chase, it is marvelous on its camera tricks, matrix movie is left behind with its tricks.... the cast are superb, as most of them are new actors.... In whole, we were entertained and went home with big smiles in our faces... Cheers Flicks!
First of all ... a Big "Thank you" for the movie tickets!
We did not know what to expect, and definitely would not have chosen this to see, as I think the age bracket for this movie would have been around the 15 - 28 - just not our scene, or genre!
But in saying that, I did like that it was educational, to a degree, scary - most definitely, sexy - no, vampires are just not my thing!
So, it wasn't Cabin in the Woods...
Saw this last night in the mystery screening where I had completely convinced myself that the movie was going to be Cabin in the Woods. So, I was initially disappointed when the film started. Luckily however, the movie starts with quite a fast pace, getting us into Vampire territory rather quickly. After that it starts to slow down a bit and after such a long build up I was a little disappointed in the anti-climatic killing of the vampire he wanted revenge on so badly. Benjamin Walker was not always convincing in his part which is a shame but I thoroughly enjoyed Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie's characters. Though some have suggested that the film does not manage to stake itself as neither an action or historical film, I thought this was a clever and mostly well done combination. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend.
Not my thing
It was ok, not really my thing. While watching the movie it felt like there were bits and pieces missing here and there. There wasn't a good flow in the storyline. The action part was good and great scene that make you jump. Thanks for the tickets flicks!
Great and ok
I took a mate with me who thought this was the best movie he has seen at the movies this year (he's a teenager so probably the target audience), I on the other hand thought it was ok, the action sequences were good but the storyline was just average. I did enjoy the movie, it had some humour to it and did not try and take it all too seriously, which was good.
9 out of 10 for the entertainment, i was swept away on Abe's story, we all wanted to see the bearded fella swing that AXE. It intertwinded the historical with a totally different genre and it was Very successful
This movie really struggles on so many levels. You don't get a chance to warm to characters. Or you just don't warm to them. The lead actor is underwhelming. It could be trying to be a historical Abe Lincoln and serious, in a movie that at times felt it should be a comedy or action flick. The slow talking dorky Abe just didn't fit with action hero. This movie could have done with dropping the strong Abe Lincoln reference and just having some guy or at least making him less historically correct.There was also a lack of character consistency at times. The movie seemed rushed and unsure of what it was.
On the plus side I prefer 3D, some of the scenes were pretty neat. Sometimes I wish I could unwatch a movie because aspects were just bad. This movie gets a 2* more for its' action shots and the secondary characters. This movie was let done by the lead actor, direction and editing. All of the supporting cast were pretty good including his three closest friends, his biggest enemy and his wife in fact pretty much everyone. I'd get rid of the lead or make him more current. No get rid of him. (And the director) Just some bad choices. A real mixed bag but not in a good way.