‘Daybreakers’ Movie Review, A Retrospect on its Rentability

by on July 9, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

DaybreakersI rented the movie Daybreakers the other night and was rather surprised by what I came across and hence, a movie review was motivated.  (As if I need an excuse.)

Daybreakers stars Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Claudia Karvan & Michael Dorman amongst others who filled out this perfect ensemble for this movie.  Daybreakers was written and directed by the team of Michael and Peter Spierig.  This movie came out in 2009.

It’s the year 2019.  Many humans have become vampires via a plague.  Humanity adapted to their new condition and commercialized the process of feeding by capturing most of the remaining humans and process their blood for food.  Unfortunately, what’s left of humanity is being hunted down to extinction.  All thanks to the vampires who have made an industry of capturing and harvesting the humans for their blood.

As the vampires are faced with the dwindling human population and hence, their food / blood supply, we follow Edward Dalton played by Ethan Hawke, who is sympathetic to the humans and doesn’t agree with chowing down on them.  He’s been working on a blood substitute for the vampire nation.

The other pressing issue is that as vampires ration how much blood they ingest, they start to revert to a more savage form of themselves and the vampires find themselves enacting police actions to corral the more rabid of their kind.

While the fractured dominant race plots their survival; the researcher Edward Dalton, works with a covert band of vampires and humans on a way to save humankind.

To be honest with you, this isn’t your typical vampire movie.  What makes this movie stand out from other vampire movies is how we’re drawn into the plight of the race of vampires and how they’ve created a society around their plague.  And as they face the extinction of their resource, humans, what they’re up against.  We watch vampire turn against vampire.

At first it’s confusing to sympathize with the vampire race and not hate them because typically they’re the bad guys.  In this case, becoming vampire was almost a choice once the initial plague went through.

As the movie goes on, we follow both Sam Neill’s character, the boss of one of the biggest distributors of human blood, and Edward Dalton, the “man” behind trying to find a blood alternative.

Movie Review Popcorn Score 07It is really a unique plot for its day that keeps you interested.  I’m giving it a 7 out of 10 on my popcorn scale.

Bottom line, if you’re a fan of the actors, you’ll be happy.  If you’re looking to get your socks knocked off from some epic vampire plot, nah, it won’t happen.  It’s a entertaining rental at best.  Go enjoy Daybreakers!

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