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Daybreakers

2009

Daybreakers
 

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The Movie

In a futuristic world controlled by vampires, a corporation farms the remaining humans while trying to perfect a blood substitute. But the work is interrupted by human survivors, who claim to have a cure that can save the  species.

Sam Neill as Charles Bromley
Michael Dorman as Frankie Dalton
Willem Dafoe as Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Harriet Minto-Day as Lisa Barrett
Jay Laga'aia as Senator Turner
Damien Garvey as Senator Westlake
Sahaj Dumpleton as Homeless Vampire
Ethan Hawke as Edward Dalton

Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig
Writing Credits Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig  

Review

"Daybreakers" is based on an interesting premise that mixes the original fantasy elements of the classic vampire stories with a futuristic sci-fi setting and a curious "What if?..." basic story idea.
It's neatly executed, and beautifully shot and lit. As you might expect from a modern vampire story there's plenty of blood and guts, but generally there are only a few excessively over-the-top moments, and at times it borders on being comic- especially the way in which vampires explode so melodramatically if stabbed through the heart.
After a strong start, the story deteriorates slightly into a predictable hunter-and-chased movie in the middle, but it wraps up nicely (no spoilers). Not destined to be a classic, but a very accomplished and worth-watching movie for sure.
- Mr. Stuart Bruce, Amazon

"Daybreakers" is not a bad film, in fact it is a nice watch, but the story and heroes adventures are ultimately rather banal and easily predictable. Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill mostly go just through the motions as two stereotypic characters, one good, one bad. People who from the beginning are marked as just fodder die, people who we expect to live survive and those who ALWAYS betray, well, they betray... The one exception here is the pretty well thought character of Edward Dalton and Ethan Hawke's performance playing him.
But the main attraction in this film is the general vision of vampire's world, which is pretty well done and by moments very amusing. The vampires in this film are quite close to the "classical" vision of those undead monsters - they die if exposed to the sun, they do not reflect in mirrors and they can be killed only by a wooden stake to their dead hearts. As the result we can see at one moment in a mirror an expensive suit which seemingly walks by itself, as the person wearing it has no reflection...)))
The society in fact do not seem to have changed a lot. We have hobos begging on the streets for blood, street "fast-foods" offering blood-coffee, suburbia residences with a neighbourhood electronic watch warning about upcoming sunrise, vampire detectives making inappropriate comments on crime scenes, undead rebellious teenagers, class divisions and the rat race in work place are still the same, etc. There are also some pretty good one liners, as the one used as the title of this review.
So, even if the story is extremely predictable and most of characters are just stereotypes, this film still is a nice and rather amusing watch, recommended for SF or vampire films amateurs. Still, it is a thing to watch once and I do not intend to keep the DVD - so renting it rather than purchasing can be a good idea.
- Darth Maciek, Amazon

The Disc:

Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment DVD
Release Date: 31 May 2010
Run Time: 97 minutes

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