Daybreakers – a Mini Review
I went to see Daybreakers a couple of days ago with some friends. We missed the first 3 minutes of the movie, but I think I got the full gist. ;) Anyway, a friend of mine asked to do a review of it. I did. Here ya go.
Daybreakers – 2010
(warning, some mild spoilers)
They say that timing is everything. In the case of Daybreakers, this is especially true. The film is mediocre at best, however, placed alongside the hype of the Twilight saga, it shines. The film, starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, concerns the plight of an alternative earth that is populated almost entirely of vampires. The human race is an almost extinct species of fine bread cattle for these particular vamps and the blood is running out. The plot itself holds a lot of promise and delivers in some respects. Just as Joss Weadon taught us, Daybreakers underscores that vampires are people too.
Ethan Hawke plays the vampire with a conscience, droning through life like a junkie who is too afraid to live without his fix, but also too afraid to die. Unfortunately, that is where the promise ends as the film devolves into an Underworld wannabe. That said the film can be fun at times, especially when we get to see the little snippets of the modern day vampire lifestyle and how the creatures have adapted to the world of daylight. And Willem Dafoe gets the most points for ex-vampire comic relief and is the high point of the movie. So, yes the movie can be fun at times, forgettable, but fun. And compared to Twilight, well, it at least as some bite to it.