Daybreakers (2009)

In the not-too-distant future, blood supplies are running desperately low. The search for a substitute continues on, unsuccessfully. Vampires have exhausted their human harvests, and the lack of food is causing them to regress into a devolved, bat-like state. As one company attempts to develop the first blood alternative, one of its lead researchers aligns himself with the last remaining humans in order to find a cure, but as everyone knows, there's no money to be made in cures... DAYBREAKERS is a refreshingly original and topical vampire film that translates current social and political issues into the world of Fantasy and Horror. A great amount of care has been put into writing and designing a vampire-centric universe, where bloodsucking politicians debate over undead issues on TV, and where cars, houses, and workplaces are fully equipped with sun-filtering devices. It is a high concept film with an incredible scale, but everything it creates is squandered by the plodding pace and threadbare storyline that lead up to an expected conclusion. Still, the critical outlook on the health care industry and enjoyable performances make it a worthwhile watch.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 5/10.
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  1. I saw Daybreakers in January whilst on vacation in the US, and really only wanted to see it coz it was filmed here in Brisvegas. So, it was more of a trainspotting adventure, annoying my girlfriend every 2 seconds going 'see that, that's such n such...'.

    Not a bad vampire flick, much better than the "sparkly bromance aimed @ tweens and 30something single white female market" pulp doing the circuit atm, but nowhere close to the return to half decent vampire genre films as was 30 Days of Nights.

    Give me real undead lore, vampires that actually bite, actors that don't need their hair combed every 15 seconds, and a story where the damn hero dies.

    As it SHOULD be...

  2. I forgot I wanted to see that. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I loved this one, recently purchased it to make it a part of my collection. I liked it because of its social themes. Totally agree with you man, it is a high concept vampire film.

  4. I had only the worst expectations going in after seeing the trailer, but I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. I didnt really buy into Defoe's character, but I completely enjoyed each of the clever ideas they had that brought the vampire world to life.

  5. It's never a good sign when a movie is left in a vault for two years before being released. Considering that, the movie is better than it has any right to be.

    I will say that a lot of the stuff in there is either silly (the camera-mounted cars) or confusing (the whole 'burning yourself to cure yourself' thing). If you're going to do a 'world of vampires' tale, why not just omit the sunlight thing? It makes you have to explain a lot of stuff that you really shouldn't have to.

  6. That was my biggest problem, the burning yourself thing seemed to be the central force the film was building up to, and it was just, meh..