Excerpt: Somewhere in between “camp” and “art” lies my favorite type of movie. These are the sort of movies that can make you think, but at the same time have monsters, aliens, etc. In the past, I have seen such movies with anticipation, knowing what I am going to get when I walk in the theater.
Excerpt: Daybreakers is an example of how you establish a vampire world. No needless, boring, clichéd teenage romances here. In fact, the whole world has gone pale, taken over by vampires after a virus sweeps the planet.
Excerpt: These days the vampire genre is a crowded and confusing confection. On the one hand, you have niche gems such as Let the Right One In and TV's " True Blood " on HBO. On the other hand, you have the female-fueled Twilight phenomenon.
Pros: Actors: Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, Isabel Lucas, Director: The Spierig Brothers, Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (English), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Region: A, Number of Discs: 1, Rating: R, Studio: Lionsg...
Conclusion: The Spierig brothers' 'Daybreakers' brings an interesting dystopian twist to vampire lore and this film has enough style and gore to appease most horror fans, even if it isn't a perfect entry in the genre.
Excerpt: Despite the slew of vampire movies coming down the pipe in recent years, let’s admit to ourselves: very few of them have been any good. Sure, we had the Swedish imports of Frostbitten and Let the Right One In . But come one, Twilight and Cirque du Freak ? New Moon and Transylmania ?
Excerpt: In the words of Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac (Willem Dafoe), “Life’s a bitch, and then you don’t die.” Hopefully, the days of the glittery brooding vampire will come to an end and the creatures can return to their roots.
Excerpt: In the unnamed metropolis of Daybreakers , downtown bustles at midnight but lies quiet at noon. Sunlight is a little harsh on its denizens, who seem kind of on edge anyway, and not just because of their yellow eyes and pointy teeth.
Summary: Vampire movies continue to arrive thick and fast, although this latest example is more of an action blockbuster than a supernatural romance. Within that category it ticks enough boxes to make it a fun watch but has too many formal weaknesses for it to be able to match the cultural zeitgeist levels...