Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Review: Daybreakers

Grade: B+

In the near future a plague has swept across the globe transforming most of the world's population into vampires. Any remaining humans are considered enemies of the state and the vampires are hunting them in order to farm their blood. As the Human population dwindles so does the blood supply for the vampires. As the vampires work on creating a fake blood to sustain themselves one vampire works with a small group of humans to find a cure.

This is the vampire movie I have been wanting to see for a very long time. Every time I watch a vampire movie I always wonder what would happen if the vampire numbers became so great that they actually became the majority. This movie actually answers that questions rather well. The plague has made everybody immortal but if they don't get enough blood they start transforming into large bat like creatures. The vampires only really go out at night, of course, but they do have an underground walkway system and have modified their cars so they can drive during the day if they need to. The vampire world was very interesting and the best part, the vampires don't sparkle.

The movie has a pretty good cast as well. Ethan Hawke (Lord of War, Training Day) plays the role of the (unfortunately named) vampire Edward, who is a scientist working on finding a blood supplement and a cure for vampirism. Ethan Hawke did a pretty good job with this role as a vampire who is sympathetic towards humans. Sam Neil (Jurassic Park, Wimbledon) plays Charles Bromley, Edwards boss and the owner of a blood farm. Neil was great as the evil Bromley who is willing to do anything to make money. Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Inside Man) plays a human, Lionel "Elvis" Cormac. Willem Dafoe was great in this role, as he always is, I just feel that he would have made a better vampire, but he was still very enjoyable.

If you love true vampire movies, go see Daybreakers. It is a lot of fun and very enjoyable throughout. I feel the film makers did a great job of depicting a world where vampires are the majority and did a great job depicting a species of immortals facing a dwindling food supply. It was just a lot of fun and everything I really expected from it.

Great quote: "Well, life's a bitch and then you don't die."

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