Sunday, January 10, 2010


Movie name: Daybreakers
Year of release: 2009
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas, Michael Dorman, Christopher Kirby
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 5

Synopsis:"Daybreakers" is the latest installment in the current vampire frenzy that seems to have taken over all films and TV shows. However, unlike the "Twilight" franchise, "Daybreakers" is a grittier and more horrific view at the vampire world and mythology. The film takes place in 2019, in a world dominated by vampires and where humans are on the brink of extinction. With the extinction of humans comes the problem of the source of nourishment coming to an end. The main character, Edward Dalton, is a lab technician who works for the largest provider of blood, desperately trying to find a substitute for human blood. One evening after accidentally hitting a truck, he gets contacted by an underground human group who puts him on a different path: finding a cure for all vampires.
This film from German filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig, is an unpretentious small film, that aims to entertain. It comes in the tradition of John Carpenter's "They Live", minus the social commentary, but definitely has the look and feel of a polished B movie. The film tries to showcase the greed of corporations and the way the economies will do anything to maintain their profits, but unlike John Carpenter who bit deep in his analogies, these vampires don't have much of a bite. Still it maintains the interest of the viewer and is a film with sufficient pulse to deserve being checked out.