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Daybreakers (2009)

"Daybreakers" breaks something, but luckily it’s not our will to see vampire movies. In this land of "Twilight"-obsessed, two-dimensional vampire movies, we get one that actually tries to break the mold by giving us a “What if Blade failed?” movie. Is it all we had nightmares about? Find out inside.

“Daybreakers” features a world that has been mostly converted to vampires. They hunt the few remaining humans to place them in giant blood-sucking factories, so the vampires can spike their coffee with a little human vitae (not kidding on this one). Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) works for Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) attempting to make a synthetic blood that can sustain the new vampiric people. Charles fails a number of times then gets kidnapped by people that need his help. Why him? Because he is a human sympathizer.

The story (written by Michael and Peter Spierg) gave us no major complaints and the few interesting twists are well-placed, but the film has some strange flaws. The characters aren’t developed and if not for the voice-over at the end of the film, it would have been as clear as mud.

Performances are standard and considering the cast (which includes Willem DaFoe) but nowhere near stellar. Sam Neill is more subtle than you’d expect and it works. Ethan Hawke is standard, every movie, Hawke. DaFoe has an awkward white accent that stands out too much to be dismissed.

Direction also by Michael and Peter Spierg is enough to hold the project together, but they should have leaned on the writers a bit more… wait that's them! NO EXCUSES. The world created here is interesting and the implications great, but the fact that it focuses on two characters and ignores the surrounding world leaves us feeling cheated.

Note to future writer/directors: If you create an intriguing world for your backstory, try exploring it a little more while developing the story and the characters.



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Daybreakers (2009)


Directed by: Michael and Peter Spierig
Written by: Michael and Peter Spierig
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Willem DaFoe, Sam Neill

Source of the Bitter: JAS

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