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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 ›
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.Read more ›
Meanwhile a group of humans have a possible cure, i.e. convert vampires to humans, but what vampire wants that?
Ethan Hawke stars is our protagonist and center point for the film. He is aide by Willem Dafoe, a former vampire who drives a Trans Am and Claudia Karvan against the evil vampire capitalist Sam Neill.
The film has what you would expect from a vampire film, ugly bat people, people on fire, people getting bit, etc. The film is entertaining, but lacks the great characters and dialog of being a hit. It needed to take Dafoe over the top and give personality to the rest of the cast.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Brief nudity of dormant humans.
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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 10 months ago by ogilvie
Arrived via Amazon Prime.. I loved the movie, a different spin on the Vampire themePublished 20 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
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