‘Daybreakers’ Tried to be a “Different” Vampire Movie

First off I know how late this review is and I apologize, I realize my blog has turned into the House of True Blood which is cool, but we need to keep other interests going. I will always owe a great debt to Sookie and Bill because they were the beginning of my little following here, so I will always sing the praises of True Blood.

This brings us to another vampire story Daybreakers, a film that stars Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe in a futuristic visually and aesthetically pleasing film set about 10 years from now after vampires have taken over the world. In fact at this time, humans only make up about 5 percent of the population. Bummer. Due to the lack of human blood, the vampires are starting to degenerate into these vampire creatures that are actually posing a threat to everyone, vampires included.

Enter Ethan Hawke at his sulky finest. Hawke’s character is a hematologist who feels bad for the humans and doesn’t drink human blood. How very Angel of him. During a car accident he meets a group of humans who have actually found a cure for vampirism. This is where it gets tricky; the “cure” involves small doses of the sun. I guess it’s the same theory of giving someone a little bit of a virus to build up immunity to it. This is certainly nothing we haven’t seen, wasn’t that sort of the basis of the Blade cure Whistler was trying?

Daybreakers was one the most beautifully stylized horror movies, certainly released lately. From the grey sharpness color of the film, to the iconic imagery like the Uncle Sam promoting the capture of humans, it is really amazing looking. Now there were some moments that were a little hard to swallow, for instance if the humans are in a battle for their lives some human scientists would have discovered that the blood substitutes would blow the vampires up. Just saying. The whole Hawke’s renegade solider brother relationship wasn’t that interesting, nor was the little flirt with a love between Hawke and the female character.

The ending was pure Hollywood with Willem Dafoe coming in of course to save the day from evil monster played by Sam Neil. I did like the little twist they tried to throw in there, the theory and concept of that was pretty cool. Not that different, but I can already smell where and how the sequel could go. Overall, I didn’t love the hell out of this, and nope I will not be running out to buy this, but if it’s on HBO I’ll watch it. Rent it!

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  • Ok, what I loved about this movie was the link of the modern day “vampire” with the Nosferatu-ish one. I loved how they didn’t make them two separate species, but what one degenerates to. I also loved that the vampires weren’t all stupid/pretty boys (even though I’m a twi-hard and have thus lost all credibility.)

    Being a Sam Neill fan, I also loved him as the bad guy – the echoing currents of vampire’s as big business seemed to help drive the thing forward for me. All in all, I liked it, but not love.

  • Yeah, I agree having them degenerate into those winged vamps was sort of taking it back to being primal, which like you say was nice to see. I am with you I am glad the vampires didn’t sparkle via Twilight.

    I think your credibility is in tact my friend, every girl with a heartbeat loves Twilight, its just me. I’m bitter and jaded. LMAO!

  • Oh no, no. It’s ok, I HAVE lost credibility. I went to a twi “conference”.

    But, if it helps my case any, I consider that a different genre than my vamp obsession. And hey, at least we call all get down with True Blood.

    30 Days of Night still may favorite recent vamp movie. Maybe Legend – still don’t know if those were vamps. And I LOVE the Underworld series. It’s sad that I can go on for days about this.

  • No, its a gift! And you are always welcomed to go on and on and on about vampires here, we LOVE it!