This is not a Hollywood blockbuster-budget film; it was funded by Kickstarter, and for a film of such humble origins, I believe they did a fine job. The cinematography is clever, with action superimposed against a background of actual history photos, a feature over which some reviewers who are expecting Cecil B DeMille have griped. Although they claim to have made great efforts to preserve historical accuracy, there are some points where great liberties were taken (Lamond's views toward slavery, for example). Where the film excels, however, is in its depiction of Abraham Lincoln. There is a tendency to portray Lincoln as a stoic, grim-faced and unflappable man; contemporary accounts, however, reveal him to have had a keen sense of humor and at times to have acted almost clownish. Tom Amandes, as Lincoln, gives a superb performance that does a lot to humanize our most revered president. It was suitably delightful for me to see Mr. Lincoln brought to life so skilfully that I was willing to accept some artistic license taken for the benefit of the narrative.
If you are looking for HD special effects, don't watch it. If you are looking for a perfectly accurate historical documentary, don't watch it. If you are looking to step back in time and meet Abraham Lincoln as he was, then you should definitely watch it.