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Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Timur Bekmambetov is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, which offers a vivid description of the untold story and secret life of the 16th president of America, Lincoln Benjamin Walker from his days as a boy to his presidency, which apparently shaped America as a nation. It often construed that many movie adaptions do not necessarily do justice to the well-written books that they are based on; however, in the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Timur Bekmambetov, it does quite well. The narrative of the movie takes the form of secret journal entries, in which Lincoln as a young boy reports witnessing the death of his mother at the hands a plantation owner who he claims was vampiric. As a result, he swears vengeance; and with the guidance and help of another hunter, Henry Sturgess, a role played by Dominic Cooper, Lincoln starts a life-long mission to find and destroy all the vampires lurking amongst humans, and they hold on the mortal society.
After several years, Lincoln’s attraction towards politics, mostly fuelled and motivated by his belief that he had the opportunity and ability to make a difference in the mankind war, not as an assassin, but as a leader. We also witness Lincoln’s election, we see him signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and the outburst of the American Civil War. In addition, we also get to see how these abrupt changes in his life affect the vampires, the interests they have in maintaining the status quo, especially of lawful slavery-with a lot of slaves to offer food with the fear of reprisal as well as the temporal power that the use of slave labor, and immortality bring; the pre-abolition political climate is ideal for them. This apparent conflict of interest, both inhuman and human, set the movie up for an…...

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