Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies Review
It seems like everyone, no matter where they are in history, have to deal with some of the undead coming back to take over. That has to be interesting for those that are rewriting history with nonfiction, like this one, which poses one hell of a premise amidst the popularity of a novel in which our 16th president fights off an array of vampires. Before he was vampire killer, or rather after, I don’t know, he was fighting zombies, or so this film states. The film is entitled Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies and it is brought to you by The Asylum studios, which never sends me screeners so I have to buy or rent their pieces of shi….nevermind.
The movie starts off with a very young Abe watching his father commit suicide because his mother has turned into the undead and it’s only a matter of time before he has to become one. Abe is steadfast and he takes on his own mother by cutting her head off, and that starts us into a story that sees some badass fighting.
The actor that plays Abraham Lincoln, Bill Oberst Jr. and he knocks the hell out of this role. The 46-year-old actor impresses me so much that I was completely drawn into the film. He really poses himself to be as close of a replication to the president as you can get in cinema, and I for one admire that, considering the budget that this film is touting. He is a shining gem amongst B-Movie actors since he can definitely pull this off believably. He goes through the film and even has cliché lines that got a giggle out of me, but he manages to keep composure and goes through the film killing, maiming, and being the best president we’ve ever had.
The story revolves around the president and a select group of men that have to go off into confederate territory and try to squash an uprising of the undead kind, and he does so with such prowess that you’d swear he was superman. The movie takes 75% action and killing zombies, and mixes it with 25% boredom and talking as well as plot setup. Along the way he runs into some interesting characters like Stonewall Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt and the dastardly John Wilkes Boothe!
The film goes by fast enough, and even though Bill Oberst Jr. does a great job, it lackluster and starts to wear thin. The cinematography and direction is excellent, and for a mock buster, this is the best I’ve seen in a long time. It takes a simple premise and does a lot with a little, and though it’s far from my favorite, it’s better than say, “Gangs of the Dead”. Check out Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies today for a quick and fun romp through fake history.