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Daybreakers

A 2010 vampire film written and directed by Peter and Michael Spierig.

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Daybreakers breaks the mold of traditonal vampire flicks.....

  • Feb 18, 2010
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Science Fiction has set bold new standards for films all across the board from action to romance, crime to comedy,  it wasn't until 1982 that  one of cinema's oldest genres, film noir was blended to create a  whole new sub genre in the Science Fiction world, Sci-Fi noir and the two films pioneered this sub genre were Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" and Alex Proyas' "Dark City", they pushed the bar for film making  and propelled this young genre into new heights making it a major staple in the film industry. Now in 2010 a pair of young filmmakers named Michael and Peter Spierig attempted and succeeded in combining dark sci-fi noir with   the vampire genre. A feat up until now that has never been accomplished on such a grand scale and breathtaking scale, that is, until now.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spierig Brothers' "Daybreakers" is a movie of ingenious design, ambitious and ferocious determination it doesn't cheat you out of the good entertainment you deserve. But this film is not just an exercise in bloody horror or dark thrills, no "Daybreakers" is more emotionally driven than any horror film that has come out in these last few years. It focuses on the characters more than the action and there lies the key to its success. It draws you in  from the very beginning  till  the bloody and shocking end, "Daybreakers" succeeds in every way as  both a horror thriller and as a poignant and  heart breaking dark Science Fiction drama   that has deep rooted emotions , morals and   shows that even if your undead  you still have a soul, this film relies on it's actors to  give it   the realistic and emotional feel  that is needed to keep this film afloat  there crucial and without good performances  and  excellent dialogue for them  they would be nothing more than cardboard cut outs of  the characters they are trying to believable play. Whether or not this film is successful as a sci-Fi horror thriller is never truly in question but   the odds may be against this film as it comes during a time when vampire films are the new thing in style, but "Daybreakers" is far above the ranks of more poorly executed vampire films and succeeded at both shocking and entertaining you.

 

 

 

 

Ethan Hawke is exceptional as Dr. Edward Dalton the human respecting vampire, while Hawke's performance is very bland and almost devoid of emotion in the beginning he quickly turns that around and becomes a very emotional centerpiece for this films bleak story. Hawke is sound and confident in his role but there are some scenes where he starts to falter and you as an audience watching this think that it is the fault of the director when it is Hawke doing this on purpose to make his character seem more sympathetic. And it works; Hawke is a class act and one of the more memorable players in this thrilling blood stained adventure. Willem Dafoe is either someone you want in your corner or someone you just want to plain kill; this time around he is someone you want in your corner. Dafoe this time doesn't try and push the envelope   instead he goes for a more grounded and  calmer approach then what you would usually expect from him and in his case that's good. Dafoe is calm, cool and collective as the mentor to Ethan Hawke's character   they way they both act onscreen is completely different as Hawke takes a more modern and cynical  approach  to his acting, while Dafoe takes a more  50's style to his acting  seeing as he is playing a character named Elvis  who happens to like vintage cars, but while both seem to completely contrast each other they both share traits that make them both viable  one use to be a vampire and one is a vampire, with that the contrast and similarities of there characters is just  stunning  and something amazing to watch onscreen. Sam Neill is what you would tentatively call the dark horse of this film, Neill is neither good nor bad he is what you would call a vampire white collar villain he has his own motive and reasons for what he is doing and in some eyes it may seem he is doing the right thing and in most he is just doing it for his own benefit.  Neill is almost a show stealer he outclasses all the other vampire types in this film to come out the best vamp standing. The rest of the supporting cast of almost unknown actors are good in there own right and do help support the leading cast well in there efforts at making this a very believable film. 

 

 

 

 

"Daybreakers" in it's own right is unconventional  and unorthodox for  it's  type it stands out far above others films of it's sub  genre  and firmly plants it self as a leader in the  new sci-fi vampire world. "Daybreakers" may not please all fans of vampires but it will give you a different spin on a genre that is as old as the talkies themselves. 

Daybreakers breaks the mold of traditonal vampire flicks.....

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October 21, 2010
Yes indeed I liked this one as well, loved that documentary on the DVD for this, great making of.
 
February 20, 2010
Great review! I see you've finally gotten the chance to see this movie and I am glad you liked it. This world that was created by the Spierig bros. have infinite potential, hopefully we'll get to see more of it.
 
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review by . January 05, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A good movie, but not as good as I was expecting.
Ok so if you read my Quick tip  you know that from the get go I’ve wanted to see this movie it looked very cool and I love the premise it’s looked very interesting and different. Unfortunately I never got to see this in theaters but I eventually found it on DVD. (HMV FTW)          Daybreakers concerns a world where 90% of the population are vampires, the remaining humans are either given a choice to be turned or be hunted for their blood. …
review by . February 28, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Daybreakers is a movie with Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill and Willem Defoe      It's the near future. A rapidly dwindling resource is causing increasing disruptions to society, with the have-nots suffering from increasing disruptions of a supply that once seemed infinite, but now is proving all too fragile. The creation of substitutes is big business but there are those who want the original, and the substitutes are not working as well as one might hope. Society is unraveling on …
review by . January 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
                    We’ve all seen movies that portray vampires as seductive bloodsuckers, savagely feral creatures, zombie-like interpretations, martial arts vampires, and even love-sick ones. One may argue that the vampire genre is running out of ideas. Movies have to tried to reinvent the genre in different ways; now writer/directors Peter and Michael Spierig takes another stab at making something …
review by . July 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
EASY 5 STARS FOR THE DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASE
      DAYBREAKERS      You know vampires have become a huge thing again which I guess makes me happy since I love them. The thing is, for the most part it is not the vampires I like, today's vampires seem to be all in love and twinkle in the sunlight. What ever happened to the guys that were evil and would um let's say burn in the sunlight. Well let me stop being so one dimensional since I tend to think I am all for something new. With that said there …
review by . March 25, 2011
As soon as the trailer was released for Daybreakers I eagerly anticipated it's release. I was not sure what to expect, however the trailer caught my attention in a way that left me always wanting to search for more footage and featurettes online. Two hours after entering the theater I exited both happy with the final film and disgusted by the simple fact that anyone could come up with such a film. It was a pornography of blood, guts and gore with such graphic cinematography that not only could …
review by . May 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a reluctant vampire in a world where humans have become rare. It's a clever idea: if there really were vampires and they could spread like a virus, why wouldn't they soon run the world rather than slink around in shadows? It turns out this film shows exactly why, if they're smart, vampires would stay out of sight and wouldn't want to spread. Vampires do rule the world in this film, and human beings are the ones who have to creep about during the day, hidden as best …
review by . April 30, 2010
Set in the future, Vampires rule and have toppled man. They have made the world fit their needs but they have turned so many that the problem is they have exhausted the human blood supply and now the poorer Vampires are turning into monsters while our reluctant hero works on a blood substitute.     Such a promising beginning in a visual setting. Enter the human resistance and things are still o.k. but start sliding downhill and all of a sudden it happens and the movie looses …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A fairly fresh idea on the vampire genre, Daybreakers is set in 2019 where vampires are the main race on earth. It is an earth not too different from today. They go to work, drive cars (equipped with special UV windowing), have homeless (will work for blood). Oh, and what few pockets of humans that remain are hunted by the armies for blood harvesting. Well, the vampires are slowly running out of human's to harvest for blood. So it's up to Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) as lead hematologist at pharmaceutical …
review by . April 06, 2010
 This was a film I went to see not really expecting that much. If anything I expected it to fit in with the typically bland trend of Vampire movies that seem to be growing in quantity in recent years. Daybreakers, however, adds something new to the agenda while taking advantage of the growing trend that has swept the Western world. Ethan Hawke is an actor with a very familiar name, but is someone you don't see very frequently on the big screen. Possibly his biggest role in the movie Training …
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
Another vampire flick amongst many others. The story is different and thats all it offers.
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Daybreakers is a 2010 science fiction horror film written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film takes place in 2019, where a plague has turned most of the planet's human population into vampires. A vampiric corporation sets out to capture and farm the remaining humans while researching a blood substitute. Lead vampire hematologist Edward Dalton's (Ethan Hawke) work is interrupted by human survivors led by former vampire "Elvis" (Willem Dafoe), who has a cure that can save the human race.

Daybreakers premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United Kingdom on 6 January 2010 and in North America on 8 January 2010. The film grossed over $40,000,000 and received a mixed critical reception.

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By 2019, a pandemic disease has turned most of the world's human population into vampires. As human numbers dwindle, the need for blood becomes desperate. When deprived of blood for extended periods, vampires degenerate into subsiders, aggressive bat-like creatures. Humans are captured and harvested in laboratory farms while scientists research a synthetic blood substitute to satisfy vampires' blood hunger. The main supplier of blood in the United States is the pharmaceutical company Bromley Marks, run by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill). Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) and Chris Caruso (Vince Colosimo) are hematologists working on the blood ...

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Genre: Horror
Release Date: 8 January 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 98 min.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
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