Daybreakers (2010)

Sadly this had to be released in a time where Twilight rules the vampire world.

Earth’s population is up against a vicious plague that’s transforming everyone into vampires and draining the world of an increasingly precious resource: blood. Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) and “Elvis” Cormac (Willem Dafoe) must decide what happens next. As the human race count nears zero, will vampires feast on the few men and women who remain, or could science hold the key to a less destructive solution? Sam Neill and Claudia Karvan co-star.

This film has a very nice twist on the apocalypse story that we usually see in films nowadays. Instead of their being a world full of humans on extinction, its the vampires world that is, see how it gets ya!

There are a lot of ideas that the directors The Spierg Brothers use. The movie works because it tries to explore flaws in the idea of vampire mythology and our own social structure at the same time. The Spierg brothers ask questions but don’t answer them but how could they? The question of how we solve the energy crisis is indeed a loaded question; we have alternative fuel sources but using them effectively could take decades to figure out and can we figure it out before it’s too late? Obviously no film, no matter how smart, could know the answer and this isn’t “Collapse”, it’s a January vampire movie that serves its primary purpose of entertaining its audience, I just hope that said audience doesn’t use too much gasoline driving to the theater.

Their is also a great use of the action and blood here. The Spierig Brothers show a lot of promise as great directors cause when it comes to their blood and gore, they actually care for it and want it be looked at as in a beautiful way, instead of just your normal every day in a movie killing.

There’s pretty much nonstop action, and the plot twists and turns with several story lines: brotherly love/hate relations between Edward and brother Frankie (Michael Dorman); the inevitable romance between Edward and Audry (Claudia Karvan); father daughter estrangement/betrayal between Charles and daughter Alison (Isabel Lucas); and Elvis’ philosophizing about everything under then sun (and Moon). A little bit too much in one story that could have gone the traditional way other than being over-stuffed.

I think the performances in this film are pretty good, just not as powerful as they could have been. Hawke doesn’t bring out a lot of emotion within his character, unless he really needs to, and even then, his lines don’t seem that believable. I think Dafoe was really good, delivering the best lines in his charmful, yet odd way, but I feel he was under utilized in here. I think he could have played the villain a bit better than Sam Neill, although Neill does do a pretty good job at playing this sinister bad-guy.

There is a little twist at the end of the story here that is worth mentioning, but not too much so I don’t give the full ending away.

Consensus: Though it is a bit over-stuffed with many questions left unanswered, The Spierig Brothers still direct this new twist on the vampire genre, with bloody, dark, and explosive fun.



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