"However history remembers me before I was a President, it shall only remember a fraction of the truth..."
In 1818 a young boy by the name of Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) witnesses his mother’s murder and vows to get revenge on the man who took her life. In his late teens he finally plucks up the courage to enact his revenge but when he fires a pistol at the head of the assassin, the man simply gets back up and attacks the young
The young man is saved by a strange man called Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) who
tells the future President about the existence of vampires and teaches him the
art of killing them. Lincoln Lincoln dedicates his life
to the destruction of vampires but finds in later life that words and deeds
outweigh the power of his axe and he eventually becomes a Lawyer and later
President of the Union. During his Presidency
the vampire rich South declares war on the North in the hope of creating a
nation for vampires.
This film is a case of a title that is better than the movie. The idea behind it sounds great; that one of America’s most beloved Presidents was also secretly a Vampire Hunter, but the execution doesn’t live up to the premise. I’ve recently read books about the American Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination so probably know more than the average Brit about the President and this period of America’s history and there were nice details, incidents and characters taken from the period and Lincoln’s life that were included to give a bit of authenticity to the story. The truth, with the added inclusion of vampires could have created a really good film but alas it is not.