Alright, first things first. When I saw young Abe in this film, I couldn't help but think...
The actor, Benjamin Walker, actually played a young Neeson, or rather a young Kinsey in "Kinsey." Haven't seen that film, but I assume it was without the nose prosthetic he wore in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." With the prosthetic, he was a spitting image, I thought. He also made for a believable Lincoln. They almost went the ruggedly handsome or pretty route for casting (I checked the imdb stats), and I'm glad they chose Walker so that the focus could be on the story, the character, and not a terribly handsome mug (I'm looking at you, Oliver Jackson-Cohen).
Anyway, as for the film itself, it was very well done. I'd heard some not so great things about the book (which I haven't read, obviously), but I was pleased with the film. The concept was intriguing, and a new spin on something old. Taking a hero and fictionalizing him into a legend, well...it was fairly brilliant, in my opinion. And also, turned out to be quite profitable for the author.
The movie entailed a few film concepts and trends that are now popular (or revived, as it were)--vampires that are angry and grotesque, scheming to harvest the humans, twisting history for the sake of film, and the almighty bromance (initially made popular by the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "On the Road" films). I liked both the visuals and the concept. Missed the first five minutes of the film, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again to analyze it more in depth. Right now, I'm still digesting.
At the end of course, they made room for a sequel as all films do, but set in what appears to be today or the last few years. I wonder if they will make it a Hollywood celeb (Sam Jackson as a real life undercover badass sounds...reasonable, though the guy in this clip was clearly younger and white), or a politician. Actually, having politicians as modern day vampires would be believable.