Genres: Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min.
Release Date: January 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.
Director: Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
JJ Rating: B+
Vampires rule the world like a bad disease gone good for immortality. One vampire, Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), feels that human blood isn’t that yummy and questions what the hell they’re all doing harvesting humans. Charles (Sam Neill) sees what they are doing as necessary. Edward (hahaha…) apparently doesn’t like being pale and wanting blood any more so he looks for something that’ll help him out and he runs into a reformed vampire that goes by the nickname of Elvis (Willem Dafoe) and a blood bath ensues. Daybreakers.
I think it’s hilarious that the main character’s name is Edward, but he doesn’t sparkle. Sorry ladies. It has been a while since I’ve seen Ethan Hawke and I don’t think I particularly missed him. I think he did a good job in this film, but this film was very story driven more than character or actor driven. No stand out actors in this film. They all did what they needed to do to make the story work.
Now the story was pretty good and interesting. Corporate greed playing a major role in the entire film and it apparently overrides any family ties. I liked how vampires turned into a zombie like form if they didn’t get the human blood they need to keep functional. The farm was a bit creepy. There was a lot of blood and guts and it really started falling out towards the end of the film. Daybreakers is also really loud, like ear-piercingly loud. When there was an ear-piercing screech that came from the movie there was an equal ear pain scream from a few females in the audience. It has the potential of causing a headache.
Daybreakers had great shots. There is a scene where Edward (hehe) is under a tree in daylight and he’s hopscotching to bypass all the rays of light. It’s pretty awesome looking. It is simple, but very neat to see. Then there is the speeding car and the accident and a flying body into the water. Then there's the dark scene that sort of mirrors how vile humanity can be towards their own that do not look as they wish them to. It was a very serious scene with artistic twist. There were a lot of great visual aspects to the film that I appreciate that were far simpler than Avatar.
Avatar is good and done as far as I am concerned. The movie season is all year around. There shouldn’t be such a thing as Crapuary. It’s a good thing that Daybreakers is decent and entertaining. I would have been royally pisssed if I had to sit through another Leap Year like film or, for that matter, Twilight like film.
Daybreakers has a unique story. It’s not awesome, it’s just good. The end is interesting in how it pans out even if you do figure it before it happens (I did). If you like vampires then this will probably interest you and it might make you feel better after being said that Twilight has made all the girls think that vampires are cute and cuddly. Daybreakers will totally shred that idea into a torrent of blood splatter in every direction and a few guts and brain matter as well. It is the anti-Twilight. That’s one anti we should all embrace with a stake in one hand and a cross in the other.