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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Brilliant -- a vampire movie based on analogies with oil depletion; neoliberal military, political, and economic models (not so much analogous as straightforward); drug dependence;... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ogilvie
This is the film that asks the questions, "What if there really were vampires?" Apparently a lone bat caused an outbreak and in ten years most of the world were vampires... Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Movie Guy
Arrived via Amazon Prime.. I loved the movie, a different spin on the Vampire themePublished 15 months ago by Neil Barnes
Watched this once and thought it was pretty good, so I bought it. Disappointed on the second viewing. This story has been told too many times.Published on May 25 2013 by Cherjola
loved the actors that they used in this movie. thought the story line needed to be developed more and less gorePublished on Dec 4 2012 by Rosemary Gale
"Daybreakers" has a rather clever concept -- if vampires existed, wouldn't they eventually end up outnumbering humans? Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2011 by EA Solinas
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