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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 11 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003CPPY6U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,173 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Format: Blu-ray
I agree that this was an interesting concept - vampirism as the norm on earth, trying to figure out how to survive as supplies of human blood become dangerously low. The atmospheric touches were good as well - all the brief shots like the crowd waiting for a subway train to come, and when the lights dim for a second everyone's eyes glow red, revealing that this is a vampire society. Even the plot was constructed pretty well - the conscientious scientist (Hawke) trying to come up with an alternative food source that will a) save vampire society and b) switch vampires away from drinking human blood (and therefore end the virtual slavery of humans).

BUTTTT - I don't know. This got pretty "ho-hum" for me about halfway through. Daybreakers was somehow lost between being a drama and an action movie, and the "action" was generally more just gruesome and lunch tossing scenes of vampires being torn apart by other vampires (picture starving hyenas going after another starving hyena, and this being replayed half a dozen times). I really could have done with the gruesomeness being toned down a lot, and some more traditional human vs. vampire action scenes.

Anyway - three out of five stars seems appropriate to me... just a bit above average, but not something I'll be recommending to friends.
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Format: DVD
This was a very original and inventive twist on the vampire sub genre. It is a bleak look at a dystopian future where mankind has been hunted down to near extinction by the vampire majority, who now face a complete breakdown of their society as blood shortages create global chaos. Starvation cause the vampires to regress into deformed crazed cannibals that eventually die. The few human survivors take a desperate last stand against the increasingly desperate vampires. There was a lot to read into the multi-faceted story as a social and political commentary. Or if you're more so inclined, it is action packed with buckets of blood and viscera generously thrown about the screen, as well as awesome creature effects, lots of shooting, gruesome deaths, and car chases. Even a hint of romance. It also has a great cast going for it. In general, a well-rounded crowd pleaser.
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Format: DVD
Daybreakers(released Sept/09)stars,among others,Ethan Hawke,Willem Dafoe,Claudia Karvan,Michael Dorman,Sam Neill and Jay Laga'aia.This film is a pretty good vampire flick, with a nice twist.In this one the vampires,instead of being a sub class living amongst humans,are actually the dominant species.The story deals with their long term attempts at survival.And speaking of which,let's look at that.
The story finds Hawke as a blood specialist working for a pharmaceutical company run by Neill.Vampires now rule the earth with the remaining human population dwindled down to a small percentage.Because of the lack of humans from which to feed off of,the blood supply is dangerously low and getting lower everyday,as we witness vamps lining up to drink fluids that go from 20% human blood content,down to 5%.Another side effect to this shortage is that vamps who cannot afford to pay the ever rising high price,are turning back into unthinking savages(subsiders) who will prey even on their own kind.The company is bound to be the first to come up with a blood substitute.
Hawke is technically a vamp but he has never been comfortable in his own skin.On the way home from work one night he almost gets into an accident with another vehicle.It contains humans,which Hawke hustles into his own car as the police show up.After they leave the humans depart,but not without knowing his name and place of work.
Hawke's own brother is a vamp also,the one in fact that turned Hawke in the first place.He works for the military and later that night he returns from duty with a bottle of pure human blood which Hawke refuses to ingest.After a brief argument the two are confronted by a subsider, who used to be Hawke's gardener.After a close encounter they manage to kill it.
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Format: Blu-ray
A unique marketing campaign gave Daybreakers some semblance of interest when it was being prepped for release, but the final picture is one of the most worn out and stupefying vampire movies ever to grace the cinema, giving F.W. Murnau and Max Schreck complete permission to rise from their graves and slap these filmmakers silly.

Daybreakers is about as predictable as one can get. It's got the shot-grade style of the Underworld series (and a few nips from its monsters) with the poor man's excuse for a cover up story. The premise is simple enough. A vampire plague (go figure) has turned 90% of humans into the undead, leaving the remaining 10% of normal humans to be rounded up and put into blood farms to feed the masses. However, as the blood supply begins running short, the vampires begin mutating into a deadly subspecies of vicious, animal-like creatures. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a researcher for a major U.S. conglomerate looking to create a synthetic blood compound that can feed the population. Things go awry when he meets up with humans who try to turn him to their cause with the promise of a cure for the vampiric plague. But all is not as it seems, and there is a sinister agenda playing out behind the scenes. Someone doesn't want the cure to work.

If the contrived and uninspired plot design doesn't bore you, the movie itself surely will. Daybreakers is about as much fun as standing in line with a group of Twilight fans. At the very least, they are watching a better example of a vampire film, and that says a lot. The problem with the film is that it could have been rather good, had it not been for some outlandishly moronic creative decisions. It all falls apart thanks to one glaring, undeniable flaw: the cure itself.
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