History buffs and fans of the 16th U.S. president probably ought to keep away from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The film, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and based on the 2010 Seth Grahame-Smith novel, places more emphasis on action movie fight sequences than it does on the historical facts of Honest Abe's biography and the Civil War through which he led.
If he looks familiar, it's probably because he played a young Liam Neeson in 2004's Kinsey, about the life of biologist, zoologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey — also starring Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Timothy Hutton, Laura Linney and Chris O'Donnell — but now Benjamin Walker is portraying an even greater historical figure, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in director Timur Bekmambetov and writer Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The darkest hour, indeed: the one spent calculating all the things you could have purchased with the exorbitant $17 you paid for such a cataclysmic bore outrageously labeled 3D. For $17 you can probably rent or buy both of producer Timur Bekmambetov's horror films — Night Watch and Day Watch — which are astonishing, as well as Wanted, which is rated R and has plenty of eye candy (aside from Emile Hirsch's baby blues, the PG-13-rated Darkest Hour has none).