Most of the time when you see a film after you've read the book you feel let down. The movie usually pales in comparison to the novel. I am happy to report this isn't the case with 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
The film, shot in 3D and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (I've never heard of him either) is entertaining, exciting, clever and total fun.
We meet Abe Lincoln as a boy... a happy carefree boy, until one dark and stormy night his mother is bitten by a vampire and dies. Years later, the same fate takes his dad.
Lincoln is pissed. All he wants is vengeance. Translation: To kill every single vampire on planet earth, give or take one or two.
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Now this proves problematic since vampires are stronger and faster than us humans. Plus they can fly, as well as disappear, which makes them really, really difficult to destroy.
But that doesn't stop our young Abe. He practices and practices and eventually it pays off. Let's just say, this is one dude that knows what to do with an ax.
We follow him into adulthood. Abe gets a job as a clerk in a General Store and then one day he meets a mysterious man named Henry Sturges (Dominic Cooper). Henry hates vampires as much as Lincoln does and agrees to train him. Soon, Abe becomes one kick-ass vampire hunter.
Because of his hatred of slavery, Lincoln gets into politics to abolish it and in case one or two of you weren't paying attention in history class he becomes the 16th President of the U.S.
Lincoln also falls in love and marries the beautiful Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and for a while, gives up hunting. You can't blame him, running a country does take up a lot of one's time.
Of course, due to various circumstances, Abe's need for vengeance comes back stronger than ever. And this time, he has the whole Northern army behind him.
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the novel. The film has the feel of a comic book/graphic novel with Lincoln as a Super-Hero.
By the way, these vampires are nothing like the hot, sexy dudes in 'True Blood' or 'The Vampire Dairies.' These bloodsuckers have long, sharp, pointy teeth and when they opened their big mouths, I jumped out of my seat more than once.
I gave 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter', which opens in theatres, Friday June 22, 2012, 4 bagels out of 5 because I thoroughly enjoyed this twist on history.
Check out our video to see John's rating and his thoughts... The guy actually liked it.