The plot is devoid of intelligence or wit except for the tagline, ‘You’re either a patriot or a vampire‘ – reminiscent of a very similar statement by another contemporary US president.
First of all, let’s extend the axe it’s due credit. As evident from the trailers, the movie is more about the fine-art of the axe than the president himself. With 3D and a budget of 69 million dollars, Timur-Burton duo have created plenty of camera-wow-moments.
Clearly, this movie is an indulgent extravagance for those that relish close combat, blood spills, vampire slaying, knives and the fine-art of it. Apart from this, movie fails in every other department. Benjamin Walker looks appealing as older Lincoln; only in costume and posture. However, the dual lives of the Abraham Lincoln is neither consistent nor convincing. Dominic Cooper is the pick among the cast with a charming screen presence.
If you’re looking for morals or the struggle of one man or the struggle of a nation; sorry there isn’t any of these. Timur-Burton specialize in a very specific skill-sets. there is plenty of that and nothing more.
In the end, either you walk out with curses for the production team or deep appreciation for the axe and all that it can do.
Rating: 6/10. The rating is only an acknowledgement of the technical brilliance; no reflection of the plot or its intelligence.