Excerpt: 2019. We’re a decade after a mysterious plague arrived and turned almost all of mankind into vampires. Humanity is on the brink of extinction and those left are being hunted down to be hooked up in a laboratory to get harvested from their blood.
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: Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, when an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out.
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...
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.
Conclusion: In the hands of a more experienced director with a higher budget, Daybreakers could have been a must-see addition to the expanding vampire genre. The premise is interesting, the special effects are competent, and who doesn't love a few tense moments with blood-sucking creatures of the night?