6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining blend of horror, action and science fiction.
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...
Published on May 19 2010 by Katharine Shephard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great.
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 6 months ago by Cheryl Jones-large
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great.,
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ACTORS,
This review is from: Daybreakers (Bilingual) (DVD)loved the actors that they used in this movie. thought the story line needed to be developed more and less gore
2.0 out of 5 stars A New Low for Vampire Flicks,
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. Rest assured, when your solution to the vampire epidemic includes setting them on fire in order to turn them back to normal humans, it's clear you're not in Kansas anymore. Let's see: sun kills vampires. But...just the right amount of sun can CURE the vampire and turn them human? What's next? Just a little bit of Medusa's glare can smooth away your wrinkles? The very notion is preposterous to the point of maddening irritation. If I hadn't shelled out $14.00 to see it in the theater, I would have gotten up and walked away. Oh, and the fellow who discovered the cure just happens to be a former vampire named....Elvis. Yes, how clever indeed.
The film is largely there as a gorefest. There's plenty of it. The characters don't really do much of anything besides step out of the city for a day or two, only to go right back in again, so there's no sense of sprawling adventure or heightened importance. The film cannibalizes elements from the Matrix, Dawn of the Dead, and a handful of other horror movies in a attempt to patchwork some notion of a story amidst all the meaningless filler. Its attempt at social commentary about the dangers of society's mass consumption is about as subtle as being beaten over the head with a bag full of anvils, and sibling directors Michael and Peter Spierig were clearly absent the day George Romero was teaching the how-to class. There's just nothing original here. The story attempts to look witty, but feels like an Underworld rip, and the progression of scenes is utterly drab, uninspired and destined for the landfill where it belongs. They talk a lot about apocalyptic plagues in movies these days. It's too bad they can't create one for awful horror movies, too.
Somebody ring up Christopher Lee. Class is in session.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining blend of horror, action and science fiction.,
This review is from: Daybreakers (Bilingual) (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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampire genre pic taken a bit too seriously?,
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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampire world,
This review is from: Daybreakers (Bilingual) (DVD)"Daybreakers" has a rather clever concept -- if vampires existed, wouldn't they eventually end up outnumbering humans?
The movie doesn't quite carry off that concept, introducing semi-scientific vampirism and then muddling the whole idea of how it works and is cured. But despite its drawbacks, it's still an entertainingly sleek, action-packed story with a surfeit of disgusting gore and a few genuinely wrenching moments.
By the year 2019, the earth is almost entirely populated by vampires, except for a small minority of humans who are drained of their blood. But now almost all humans are gone -- and if vampires don't regularly drink at least a little human blood, they morph into mindless batlike "subsiders." Because of this, hematologist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is desperately trying to formulate a blood substitute.
Then he encounters a small group of humans led by Audrey (Claudia Karvan). Sensing that he's sympathetic to their cause, Audrey reveals something shocking -- Elvis (Willem Dafoe), a man who was cured of his vampirism. Now Edward must unravel the secret of curing vampirism before all humans and vampires are destroyed.
"Daybreakers" clearly wants to be a thinking-person's vampire movie -- it presents a "what if?" world that would probably come to pass if there were vampires, and it presents vampirism as a plague.
Unfortunately, it never really gives any answers -- the cure for vampirism are especially confusing, and the final twist about how to cure people is bafflingly inexplicable. It's never foreshadowed or hinted at -- it just pops out of nowhere. Plus we're saddled with the usual "big corporations = pure evil" cliche. Blech.
But if you turn off some of your brain cells, "Daybreakers" is a pretty entertaining twist on the vampire genre. Directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig paint the vampire world in cold, bleak lighting that seems to sap all color, while the humans' scenes are ramshackle, dusty and brightly lit. There are lots of fast chase scenes (including a ridiculous one on a bridge), tolerable writing, and a literal bloodbath where we see vampires tearing humans apart.
Hawke does a pretty tolerable job as Edward, an angsty vampire who is trying to save as many people as possible -- the character isn't very unique, but Hawke plays it with melancholy power. Karvan is a generic love interest with nothing much to do except get captured, but Willem DeFoe is pretty brilliant as a drawling mechanic human-turned-vampire-turned-human.
"Daybreakers" aspires to be more than it ends up being, but it's still a fairly entertaining vampire movie -- certainly better than the "Twilight" series.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living on the Other Side,
This review is from: Daybreakers (Bilingual) (DVD)DAYBREAKERS is something new in the vampire genre. Taking its cue from the Vampire side of the situation, it winds its way to the obvious conclusion. I will not bother you with the details. I bought this unseen....I am not disappointed. This movie skips into a less human world and into the vampiric with a decent storyline and a handful of quasi-believeable characters.
The aspect that I find disappointing is that it compacts into a movie that which could be much better explored in a TV mini-series, or even series. One doesn't get to jump inside the skin of the vampire, feel his/her pain, wander through nosferatic, nocturnal streets or walkways and get the "feel" of what has the potential to be a fascinating world. An hour and a half etc. just isn't enough. Daybreakers took me to a place I would like to visit again, but not necessarily a sequel.....I am DEFINITELY thinking mini-series.
This movie is for those who have a taste for Vamps, BUT are not looking for swords, sex, or testosterne-driven action! Daybreakers requires a bit more of you than that. If, like me, you have a collection of the vampiric, then pick this one up and absorb it. If you are a vampire novice, or looking to introduce someone to the genre, then I would suggest the BLADE series, or the Underwiorld series to start. For those who like to incorporate overt sexuality...go for True Blood. For the barely out of their teens, have no idea what love or life are really about, I would suggest the vapid Twilight series.
Again...well worth the money for us vampofiles....but I have a longing to get drenched in the atmosphere of it....drenched in what?...you may well ask ; )
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed,
This review is from: Daybreakers (Bilingual) (DVD)I rented this movie because it was about the wolrd of Vampires.
The concept was very interesting as the world is switched to opposite sides. The vampires openly rule and use what's left of humans as farm animals until they just wither and die. I expected more action and the movie was long. When it finally ended I was happy. They are some good scenes, but very few of them last long either. Not much blood exept the last 5 minutes of the movie, and they were the best.
Watch once, is enough, bu be warned this is NOT an action movie where vampires kills all the time.
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Daybreakers (Bilingual) by Ethan Hawke (DVD - 2010)
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