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. However, I can’t think of the last time a film surprised me as much as "Daybreakers" did.
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. With vampires in control, the world requires changes, some of the more interesting aspects of Daybreakers .
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. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.
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. One might assume that the Team Edward and Team Jacob craziness makes this the perfect time to unleash a weighty and scary vampire thriller, but Daybreakers ' brief and mediocre run at the box office delivered evidence to the contrary.
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: Lionsgate, Blu-ray Disc Release Date: May 11, 2010, Run Time: 98 minutes, List Price: $39.99, Extras: Documentary: Making of Daybreakers Short Film: The Big Picture Commentary with ...
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. Add a great video transfer, a fantastic audio presentation, and a smattering of standard supplements followed by another helping of HD exclusives (including the extremely thorough making-of documentary), the non-sparkly 'Daybreakers' is worth checking out--at least as...
Summary: With every new vampire film released, I'm left with a lingering suspicion that Hollywood is slowly draining the blood out of a lucrative franchise. The Blade and Underworld trilogies went steadily downhill after a strong initial showing; Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch/Day Watch series remains unnoticed by viewers in the United States; and despite the fresh perspective offered by Let the Right One In , I was beginning to fear vampire mythology had run its course.
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 ? Domestically, we have been simply sucking (pun intended) at making vampire movies. Some have called Daybreakers refreshing and to some even original.
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. Not necessarily the Count ‘I vant to suck your blood’ roots, but at least to where vampires were badasses.
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. Ten years into an outbreak of vampirism, society has become a dark mirror of what it was before, with one looming problem: The blood farms have started to run dry.