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Daybreakers

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

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Surprisingly Enjoyable, Although It Lacked Something

  • Apr 6, 2010
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 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 Day is the only film of his I can honestly say with conviction that I enjoyed from start to finish. I wasn't expecting Daybreakers to be an addition to my Ethan Hawke fan club list of great movies but it was one I found genuinely entertaining is one wouldn't mind watching again. 

The story is set in the year 2019 and a virus has spread across the world turning much of the world's human population into Vampires. As a consequence of this, their is a shortage of human blood and the Vampire race are frantically looking for an alternative or they will all soon turn into what they call `sub-siders' which are mutated, bat-like creatures driven by their hunger much like zombies. Edward Dalton (Hawke) is a haematologist whose job it is to discover that alternative and is driven by his own compassion for the human race. His employer, the company Bromley Marks headed by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) is a greedy corporation, looking for the best way to retain its profits in this time of need. Dalton is in a race against time, to find an alternative to human blood before everyone he knows, including him, succumbs to the curse of a hunger for human blood. He must do this with the help of the Vampires natural enemy, the Human. 

This is really a genuinely enjoyable film. The futuristic effects are well done and the fact that they have retained the Vampire myths such as having no reflection makes it that much cooler. The Speirig brothers have managed to create a believable world in which you can imagine Vampires living and thriving as they go about their daily lives without having to hunt humans themselves. The acting of Hawke, Neill and Dafoe are well done in their respective roles, yet Neill is the more terrifying character in the film. He presents an aura about him which makes the character automatically an intimidating foe for the cause of Dalton. The film has an apocalyptic air to it that, although the human race has essentially died out, you become concerned for the survival of the Vampire race whilst still wanting the humans to take back what is theirs. 

It's a good film that, although not an Oscar winner, serves its purpose in entertaining the viewer for its entire runtime.

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July 29, 2010
I liked this a little more than you did, nice review!
 
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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 …
Quick Tip by . December 04, 2011
Ok so first thoughts. This movie looks great. I just got the DVD so im gonna watch it soon.
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 . February 18, 2010
Daybreakers breaks the mold of traditonal vampire flicks.....
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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
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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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