Monday, November 12, 2012

Science, Hobbit, and Gaming Items and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter mini-review

Just some of the more interesting Science and Hobbit news, as well as some cool gaming items and my brief take on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Plot: As a child, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire and grows up to seek to destroy the vampire menace to the United States.  The vampires are desperate to maintain slavery in the South as a means of securing easy victims and in doing so, become even more hated by Lincoln.

The Good: It's a rather original idea and somehow manages to stay respectful to the great president. It looks good, is reasonably well paced, and, most importantly, the vampires don't sparkle.

The Bad: It's very hard too take seriously, yet isn't intended as camp.  The main villain is too bland and obviously a last minute addition. 

While a bit slow starting, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a rather tolerable action film if you don't expect too much (I learned many years ago to expect very little from Hollywood or else to be continually disappointed).  The characters are likeable enough, especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgram Vs. the World) as Mary Todd Lincoln and the special effects are at least average.  It's a decent film that's worth watching, but not a great film.

Blu-ray extras: Of note is "The Great Calamity" - a motion comic book, that has Edgar Allan Poe telling Lincoln what he knows about the origin of vampires in America and "The Making of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Final Rating: 7 out of 10.  Not bad, but not great.

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