January 9, 2010
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This is not your girlfriend’s/daughter’s/wife’s vampires. This is in no way Twilight. They are almost Victorian in their diplomacy, especially Sam Neill. Taking the concept of a Vampire dominant race and Human minority is something I found truly interesting. Of course, a plot like this is bound to be accused of political subtleties, but it’s up to the individual viewer to interpret things in a way that they can understand. But here I am off topic.
Daybreakers follows Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) as a Vampire Hematologist (a special way of saying he studies blood) who is working for a pharmaceutical company that is looking for a blood substitute. This leads to him constantly being pushed by the CEO (Neill). After a chance accident brings him in contact with humans, he finds himself recruited to help the humans endure and repopulate. This culminates in a climax that is quite bloody but with a smart twist to rationalize such carnage.
Hawke, and the underestimated Dafoe, both carry their lines and even elevate the otherwise quick and harmless script. Though Hawke is reduced to nothing more than a vampire version of his caricature, he still has an alluring way around his character that draws you in. This movie plays like a good B movie in parts, and a horrible Uwe Boll movie in a few spots. Fortunately, it’s mostly the former that makes this movie move at a brisk pace. Once it’s over however, you feel like you missed something. Like you need to rewind and look at it again. A lot of great movies have this effect, but so do some truly horrible movies. Overall, it’s a straight up the middle horror movie, but one I’d see again 3 out of 5 stars.