Talk about your alternative history.
The story is so far off the normality-meter that it’s tempting to sit back and examine the meta-implications of casting Brits Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper as the super-bad and moderately good vampires Adam and Henry Sturges. Which war are we fighting again?
You’d think that co-producer Tim Burton might have a sounder grasp, not only of history but also of just how willing audiences are to suspend belief for the sake of a gurgle. It’s one thing to set Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) up as an axe-wielding youth revenging the vampirical death of his mother by fighting a vampire epidemic in Springfield, Illinois. It’s quite another to slip back onto historical ground via marriage and the Presidency, only for Lincoln to pick up said axe again to avenge the death of his son. And deal with a vampire-instigated Civil War.
That stovepipe hat might be the only credible thing about this film. Try it, for occasional laughs and one excellent horse chase, on Halloween? Maybe.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter | Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (USA 2012) with Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper. Starts October 3