Reel Shorts | Daybreakers

12 01 2010


True Blood
With each passing film, the mythology of the vampire continues to expand which leads us to this bloody, futuristic tale set in 2019 where vampires are in charge and their human blood supply is dangerously low.

Surviving an unknown plague that has transformed the world’s populaton into bloodsuckers, researcher Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) searches for a cure before more vampires turn into monstrous bat-like creatures that feed on other vampires. With every available human being farmed or vampires living off of blood substitues, Dalton teams with a group of humans led by a quirky reformed vamp, Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac (Willem Dafoe) to find a cure and save humanity.

Hawke’s understated persona works very well in this role but the script by Michael and Peter Spierig tries to inject politics into a story that would have worked well as straight camp. Sam Neill is the customary heavy who would sacrifice any and everybody, including his daughter, to make a profit while Dafoe chews up scenery as reformed vampire with a love for vintage cars. Taking itself too serious to be camp but too much fun for straight drama, “Daybreakers” is an enigma wrapped in a bloody riddle.

Grade: C-

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3 responses

12 01 2010
barbara

daybreaker love the clip

13 01 2010
LadyDi

I could pass. I saw it and wasn’t THAT impressed

16 01 2010
james Berclaz-lewis

i do think it deserves more than it gets. the take on the vampire genre is different enough to make it worthy of watching, and there are several good ideas, that i believe, even though not fully expanded on, still deserve some kind of recognition (say the daytime car chase). I would’ve said at least a full C

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