Everywhere I look, I'm seeing more negative reviews for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. So here's my take on the movie, one of the very few good reviews that the film will recieve.
I went to see the 3D version of the film at a small theater in Waynesville. My total bill, including taxi there and back to base, concessions, and the ticket, all came to about $42.50...needless to say, I wouldn't spend that much if I didn't think the movie was worth it. However, I went in to the movie theater slightly doubtful because of various reviews I had read.
The movie started off with Abe as a young boy. He defended his closest friend, Will, as Will was being whipped. As a result, his father had to give the man with the whip a piece of his mind. The man, however, was not pleased with this and dismissed Abe's father from work, ending the conversation with the spine-chilling foreshadowing statement of, "There are other ways to settle a debt, Mr. Lincoln."
Later on in the night as he is writing in his leather bound journal, young Abraham witnesses a strange event. A man in a cloak and hat enters the household and visits Abe's mother at her bedside as she sleeps. He leans over her wrist. As soon as he straightens back up, he looks up at the loft and Abraham quickly hides from view. The man leaves. However, his mother falls very ill and dies with an odd wound on her wrist. Abraham wishes to seek vengeance, but his father forbids it.
Years go by and Abraham's father dies as well. Abraham, no longer bound by the promise he made to his father, picks up a gun and heads to a bar where he drinks heavily. A man next to him looks at him and says, "A man only drinks this much when he thinks of a woman or when he's about to kill a man. Which is it for you?" and gives Abe a pat on the back. The gun falls out. Abraham quickly picks it up and leaves the bar.
He finds, of course, the man he is seeking vengeance upon. His first epic battle ensues and he finally puts a bullet into the eye of the man who murdered his mother. With the man lying on the dock, seemingly lifeless, Abe walks away and throws the gun into the water. But he discoveres very quickly that his enemy is not dead--rather, his enemy is undead. The enemy promply kicks poor Abraham's butt and he is knocked unconscious.
He wakes up the next day in a strange building. It is in this building that he meets the man from the bar--a young man by the name of Henry, who seems obsessed with sunscreen, a cloak, and some rather nice sunglasses. Abraham learns that Henry is a vampire hunter and begs for Henry to teach him how to hunt vampires. Finally, Henry gives in to Abe's please, but on two conditions: He must give up his plan for vengeance and he must not be involved with friends, family, or women. Abraham agrees and his training begins.
Fast forwarding through the training and such, Abraham becomes a vampire hunter. He is released from his apprenticeship with Henry and sent to Springfield, where he meets and works for a man named Speed. It isn't long after that when Abraham recieves his first assignment from Henry. His first mission is successful, if not full of near scrapes with death. He buries the body and returns to life as normal.
More and more missions come to Abraham and more and more vampires are killed. During this time (unfortunately, I forget when, exactly) Abe meets Mary Todd. Despite his reluctance to, he falls in love with her and she with him. While he does try to tell her his secret, she merely laughs it off as a joke. He doesn't push the matter any further.
In the meantime, Abraham's initial enemy and his boss have recieved word of Abe's secret. Believing he has a connection to Henry, they decide to be rid of Lincoln as soon as possible. That's basically about all there is to say at that point.
As the movie goes on, we watch as Abe and Henry part ways because of Henry's own personal secret. Abraham puts away his silver axe and moves into politics, eventually becoming President of the United States. The Civil War is raging and the vampires have takken the side of the South--they destroy the Union Army in nearly every battle. Yet Abraham tells his men to fight on.
By now, Abe has a son and is, of course, married to Mary Todd. One day as his son is playing in his room, a young maid enters the boy's room and closes the door.
Soon, Abraham's son falls mysteriously and deathly ill. As Abraham and Mary sit at his bedside, Abraham notices a wound upon the boy's wrist. Once again, he brings out his silver axe.
Eventually, of course, the movie gets around to Gettysburg. Henry tries to warn Abraham, but his warnings fall upon deaf ears. But even Abraham is feeling desperate...until he is imspired by a fork.
As fun as it would be to tell about the rest of the movie, it would contain more spoilers than I have already put in, so I will say this as my final statement:
While the movie does tend to be highly predictable, it is a fantastic movie. The way it was woven in with history was a fantasic and beautiful integration. The action is fantastic and the plot was amazing. I highly recommend this movie. I give it 4.25 stars out of 5.