Daybreakers

Well, I wasn’t really sure what to think of this one going in. The trailers had intrigued me with the interesting twist on vampire movies, but then the first reviews came out and they weren’t very good at all. So I figured for a matinée price it was worth seeing for myself.

First off, the premise of the movie. It is far in the future and vampires are the majority of the population and there are very few humans left, which means low food supply. Edward Dalton, played by Ethan Hawke (Gattaca), is a vampire with a remorse for killing and happens to work as a scientist trying to invent an alternate of synthetic blood to be used as a food source. He happens upon a Lionel Cormac, an ex-vampire, that has changed back to the human side. Of  course this is the answer Dr. Dalton has been looking for and the answer to the vampire problem, simply change back. Tho only problem, there are business men like Charles Bromley that is in their best interest to stay a vampire.

As far as performances go, there is nothing to write home about. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Dish) plays Bromley who has ownership in the lab. Willem Dafoe (Shadow of a Vampire, Last Temptation of Christ) plays Lionel (Elvis) who is the magic link to putting humans back on top.

So, what did I think of this film, after reading the bad reviews? Actually I thought it was a very entertaining film. I really liked seeing the society that the vampires had created, complete with subwalks to walk during the day, cars with video to the outside so vampires can drive cars during the day, even the Starbucks that opens up at dark and offers a variety of coffee, complete with blood stirred in. The film did get a bit cliché in the end with typical monster shoot em up gore, but other than that, I was never bored with the movie and thought it was better than the harsh reviews I had read.

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