(WLTX) - Before he freed the slaves, he slayed the fiends! Were his actual accomplishments not great enough? Well, whatever the case, the Lincoln legend just got a little larger...and sillier.
This tall-tale (which, believe it or not, is actually based on a book) evolves out of revenge. Creatures of the night were responsible for the loss of young Abraham's mother and, therefore, he will not rest until he has exterminated all of the undead. But is he really ready for it? Is he aware of what kind of army he is up against?
Fortunately, he has the tutelage of Henry Sturgess, who knows a thing or two about obliterating these beasts. Unfortunately, he's dealing with more obstacles than simple folklore has led us to believe. Apparently, vampires have the power of invisibility and are unable to eradicate one another. But they also have a weakness for silver. And, though he isn't a wealthy man, Abe is a resourceful "chopper" and, thus, a valuable Van Helsing.
As far-fetched as this historical horror piece was, it did make for some ridiculous fun. The action was often executed in slow-motion, with 3D droplets of blood emerging from the frame. There were also some extreme encounters on horseback and freight train that were slightly reminiscent of an Indiana Jones adventure.
I don't know if it benefitted from an overly serious tone - but, if you enjoyed "Cowboys vs. Aliens," you'll undoubtedly have no trouble handing over a couple of Lincolns for this yarn.
By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer