A new guilty pleasure is born. Hard to believe just how much I enjoyed this confection. Memorable action choreography and well shot by Deschanel. If nothing else Bekmambetov is a superb visual stylist but much like the 'watch' films and 'wanted' the script leaves a lot to be desired. Casting is nothing special it's more a film of visual effects and action than anything else. And it does deliver on it's apt title.
I liked Wanted, it wasn't bad, but this is crap. Just not my cup of tea apparently. Timur Bekmambetov could have done a lot better. The editing was not done well at all and it seems that nothing makes much sense. How does Abe harness such power? Just from "truth" according to his mentor. Don't see the movie.
At the beginning to me there was a kind of 'look and appeal' like an odd '90s straight-to-video R Corman's production, that I liked. Then I don't know whether it was Lincoln, the horses rush, the 'adventurous air' or just me stupid, but I felt almost too many 'spielbergian' coincidences, and soon the whole lot even started nauseating me. Definitely not my idea of cinema, I'd say :(
Zzzzzzz. Seriously, why Lincoln? This could be called "James Madison: Werewolf Slayer", or "Thomas Jefferson: Zombie Executioner". It makes no difference. This is just an extremely formulaic and extremely boring horror/action/whatever film, and for some reason (probably because it would be ironically cool for the hipster generation) they threw Abraham Lincoln in the mix.
Maybe 1 1/2 stars out of 5 on this one. Admittedly its entertaining at the cost of the need to state how utterly fucking ridiculous it is out loud every 10 minutes. The horse stampede scene was as dumb as a bowl of mice, which was matched only by the line Lincoln delivers when he kills the main bad guy. In the plus column, this movie made Spielberg's Lincoln infinitely more watchable.
Stylistically graceful regardless of ridiculously choreographed action scenes. Sure it could have been a little more concise but it's still entertaining as heck and surprisingly well-written, which is more than I can say for a certain other Lincoln film from 2012.