Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
"History prefers legends to men. It prefers nobility to brutality, soaring speeches to quiet deeds. History remembers the battle, and forgets the blood. However history remembers me, if it does at all, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth." - Abraham Lincoln
release year: 2012
viewing setting: home Bluray 6/15/18 and 11/18/12
synopsis: After learning of the existence of vampires at an early age, Abraham Lincoln fights them in various ways for the rest of his life.
impressions: This was an unusual combination of historical drama and vampire fiction. Without giving too much away, vampires are besically behind slavery and thus the Civil War. This movie has a lot of fighting (some of which smells like martial arts at times) and special effects. The vampires are fast but can be stopped with silver.
something this movie has that no other movie has: A chase accomplished by leaping from horse to horse during a stampede of horses.
acting: Benjamin Walker does a good job as a driven, hands-on with the fighting Lincoln. Dominic Cooper is his mentor in vampire hunting. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Mary Todd Lincoln. Rufus Sewell is the head vampire, and successfully conveys a somewhat-superior "I've been around for thousands of years" aura.
final word: Good entertaining mish-mash of genres.
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