Film #133: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3 out of 5 stars
Another rewatch! Allow me to say this right off the bat: I love the work of Timur Bekmambetov. With the exception of his 2001 film, THE ARENA, I’ve dug all of his flicks (NIGHTWATCH, DAYWATCH, WANTED). His films have an almost palpable kinetic energy. No one does action like Bekmambetov. Sadly, sometimes, his scripts are, well… wonky. They lean toward the ridiculous – plot-wise – and the acting is never all that it should be. With AL:VH, Bekmambetov does his best with what is admittedly a rickety script, but really the only reason to see the film is the aforementioned action sequences which are great. Sadly, there are far too few of them given the film’s name is ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. With a title like that, you expect wall-to-wall action. Instead, we get a ridiculously contrived – and quite yappy – plot that both is a slave to history and also takes quite a few liberties with it. Don’t get me wrong… AL:VH is a fun flick, but just know going in, it’s kinda silly and stumbles a bit. As the end-title sequence ran, I gotta tell ya… one question keeps coming back to me: Why the fuck hasn’t somebody given Timur Bekmambetov a goddam super hero flick?