THAT’S! HOW YOU VAMPIRE!
Daybreakers is a good ole fashion down home romp in the dystopian future in which Vampires have killed off all but the last 5% of humans in the world. Self indulgent beings that they are. Never has there been a more fleshed out “VAMPIRE” world then what you see in this movie. This movie should feed the hunger that vampire fans have been having for a “vampire” movie since they first heard about Twilight.
The movie opens with a montage of shots showing off this new future and how it works also by going through ALL the different vampire lure that we have grown up with and love. I’m no vampire elitist but at the end of this movie I think I finally understood why vampire fans were so upset with what Twilight vampires turned out to be. I mean after this movie its going to be really hard to make ANOTHER vampire film (though I bet if I spent five seconds at IMDB I could find about five coming out this year). In short, vampires are bad ass again.
I really think the stars of this movie are the writing/directing team of the twin Spierig brothers from Australia (next up from down under, Bindi Irwin, she does the Hollywood tradition of rebooting a dead franchise in her direct to VHS movie Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove). This movie was shot down there as well, but from either set pieces or CGI, the main city in the movie feels like its probably the biggest city in the new world. The movie only cost 20 million to make, it feels like a lot more. Whereas a movie like Zombieland had a similar budget but the world created in that movie did not feel as big and vast as the one created here.
Daybreakers is just a fun movie, pure enjoyment on every level. It is obvious the Spierig brothers were more into shots and ideas rather then acting, I mean you don’t hire Ethan Hawke for his uniqueness, but you do hire Sam Neil and Willem Dafoe to make your job easier. While all three are very professional I think the Spierig brothers got lucky because lesser actors could have brought this down, just look at Edward’s (Hawke) brother Frankie played by Michael Dorman he was pretty bad. While Dafoe was fun in his role I could not help but think what if they had gotten Woodey’s character from Zombieland in that same role? Dafoe was just a little bit wooden and awkward at times.
The movie goes pretty much where you expect it to go, the concept of how to fix the vampire problem is pretty stupid….but I do not think I could have thought of a better one. The abrupt ending leaves it open for a sequel, in the end its just a good time at the movies, and trust me you are going to want to see this in the movies just for the sound alone. It’s loud. You have not heard vampire shrieks like this before.
One last thing, if you enjoyed the blood orgy of South Park’s Woodland Critter Christmas….just wait to you see their interpretation of it.