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

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  • Jul 29, 2010


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 is finally something new in the vampire world that I like, this wonderful film and even better DVD.

It was not that long ago we were watching this in the theaters and absolutely loved it and just like I hoped the DVD release was great. But we will get to that later, let's talk about the film. The film is set in the not to distant future, ten years or something like that, and the entire population is made up of vampires. Yes you read that right and there are only about 5% of humans left to feed on. The crazy thing is that all of them were at one point human and were turned because of a virus, a pandemic. With such a low percentile left the food supply for the vampires is dwindling , so an alternative is being worked on by the top researchers the population has. One of those vampires is Edward Dalton [Ethan Hawke] who is sympathetic towards the humans, in fact he wants to be one. He has his military little brother to thank for changing him, I guess they don't get along much.

There is also another problem out there, if they don't get enough blood in them they start to mutate into creatures called subsiders. These vampires resemble bats and are very vicious, even attacking and killing "normal" vampires in order to survive. Naturally that puts pressure on the company he works for Bromley Marks and its owner Charles Bromley (Sam Neill), who puts pressure on him. But it is after a chance encounter with a group of humans that Edward realizes he must do more for them. Well actually it is when they show up at his place asking him for help. It is after this he meets a human named Elvis [Willem Dafoe], who once was a vampire himself. Turns out after some exposure to sunlight while being thrown from his car into water he was cured of the disease.

So they team together to find a way to duplicate the effects in a controlled environment, were Edward eventually cures himself. During all of this the vampire's military is still hunting down humans for the harvest. The company still makes most of its money by the blood harvesting they do. But when Edward returns to let his boss in on the cure it turns out Bromley is not interested. He likes things the way they are and wants vampires to continue to rule over the world. What is a former vampire to do in such a situation?

Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig who previously made the independent film "Undead" did a masterful job with this film. The idea to the story all the way to the actual script was great in my opinion. Plus the look of the film is great with a lot of interesting characters to fill in this world. Depending on your taste you probably either loved or hated their first film "Undead" but either way I am sure you could see the potential these two had. I think they are realizing that potential very quickly with such a great film like this, can't wait to see what they next.

With such great characters you have to have actors to bring them to life, and we have that here. Ethan Hawke who when I first had seen the trailers for this seemed out of place for this type of film really surprised me. He did an excellent and was really the right choice to play our lead in this film, in fact the more I think about it he didn't seem out of place I was just in a bad place at that time. He is the right type of person to play the sympathetic character in this, so well done. On the flip side Sam Neill was perfect as the business man that is all about just that, business. He is one of those types who likes his business because business is good, you know that type. And of course you know the great Willem Dafoe is perfect in this and I really love his back story here a lot. Over all the entire cast did an excellent job on this, really they did.

Now if there is any flaw to this film it is that the subsiders are not explored enough, there is so much more there. I found these creatures to be highly interesting and felt they need to be explored more, but perhaps a sequel is what we need. Maybe as the world is being brought back to normal these subsiders need to be rounded up and exterminated. Also add in that all those who want to remain vampires will eventually turn so they are also still a threat. Still the fact that this is the world we live in were the economy and jobs and everything is still an ongoing thing it makes it more realistic, and that helps take away from the flaw.

Still it is the EXCELLENT special features that this release has that makes it a step above others coming out. There are all kinds of features to watch, trailers and even a great commentary by the Brother filmmakers. But it is the highly interesting, entertaining, and very in depth informative making of that is great. Honestly it is one of the best making of features I have ever seen, and it is not your average10 to 15 minute behind the scenes look. It goes all the way back to when the brothers scraped money together to make "Undead" and how that lead into this. From writing it to pitching it to scouting and casting, it has a very in depth look at pre production, VERY in depth look at the production , and of course in depth post production. It even goes all the way to the premiere of the film. Were you might give this a four star rating on the film if that was all you have seen, then know that a five star rating is the least you can give the DVD/Blu-Ray if reviewed.

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July 29, 2010
Happy you liked this movie...even more than I did. This was a good take on the vampire tales and I appreciate its human approach, it also has a great social commentary. It is almost like if Romero did a vampire movie... :) exceptional work, Alex, dude!
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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.

The Plot

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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