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Friday
Jun222012

Movie Review: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- If it had been a documentary titled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I might have been intrigued, but what made this genre-bending horror flick intriguing was the trailer. After all, that's exactly what a trailer is supposed to do -- and like so many trailers do, this one oversold the quality of the movie.

There’s really no need to get into great detail about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's plot: Everything you need to know is in the title, though some details about Lincoln’s life have been changed. For instance, he loses his mother at a young age when she's killed by a vampire and he sees the whole thing, creating his thirst for vampire-killing vengeance.  Also, Broadway star Benjamin Walker is a considerably better-looking Lincoln than was our 16th president, and producers do very little to change that.  Same goes for Mary Todd Lincoln, who has never been depicted as a beauty yet is exceptionally attractive here.

One would think that a film with a silly title would be, at the very least, funny.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is not.  Even so, I’m not prepared to say that every moment is a wash. There is a sense of artistry in the production design, as well as stand-out performances by Rufus Sewell as vampire leader Adam and Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess, Hunter Abe’s mentor.  However, none of it is enough to make us forget the ridiculous premise.  Done with a little less style and a little more soul and humor, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter might have at least been interesting.

One-and-half out of five stars.

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Friday
Jun222012

"Brave," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and More Open Friday

iStockphoto/ThinkstockHere's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Brave: Disney-Pixar's latest animated film is set in Scotland and follows Merida, the young daughter of a king and queen who must reverse a curse unleashed upon her kingdom.  The voice cast for the movie, which is screening in 3D, includes Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Craig Ferguson and Kevin McKidd.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: The 16th U.S. president is re-imagined as a vampire killer seeking revenge for the death of his mother at the hands of a supernatural creature.  Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rufus Sewell star in this Tim Burton-produced thriller.  Rated R.

-- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: Steve Carell is an insurance salesman who, with his more spontaneous neighbor, played by Keira Knightley, goes on a road trip in search of his high school sweetheart before an asteroid strikes.  Rated R.

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