Good old Honest Abe Lincoln. After seeing a film about Lincoln today, it seems that we owe Abe a bit more than having his likeness on our least valuable coin of the realm – the penny. This coin is likely to be found on more lake bottoms stateside than in people’s pockets. But you’re right, we did build the Lincoln Memorial in his honor; and yes, Abraham Lincoln is on our $5 bill.
Opening today was a new take on Abraham Lincoln, here played by Benjamin Walker. The film is called Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The film was written by Seth Grahame-Smith and is an adoption from his novel of the same name. In case you haven’t noticed, this is a new trend in both literature as well as films. Next year we shall have another from this writer and that title is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. What’s next – King Kong and The Hunger Games? Or maybe Henry Kissinger in Japan: The Real Last Samurai.
Okay, just kidding – there’s nothing wrong with the melding of history, literature and film even if it has been pushed so far out of the envelope that you can no longer even see the envelope. It could prove to be the next BIG THING. Or not. This film was directed by Timur Bekmambetov. I guess he’s telling us that even in Kazakhstan, they’re familiar with vampires.
The film opens with Lincoln reading from his diary, or maybe he was writing in his diary. Never mind – either way works. Washington DC is nothing like what we know today. It is 1865 and the Washington Monument is still under construction. The White House is up and running but there’s no sign of Pennsylvania Avenue. Lincoln had some time on his hands before heading out with the Mrs. to take in a show.
Soon we flash back to when Abraham Lincoln was still a boy. His mother dies, and we come to learn that she was done in by a vampire. Abe cames from a poor family, and they were in debt to one Jack Barts, who not only is a vampire, but he also was the one who killed Abe’s Mother. Young Abe, seeking to avenge his mother, finds Barts alone in his warehouse, and fires a steel bullet directly into Bart’s face. Little did Abe know, that a vampire cannot be killed by a steel bullet, knife, or sword.