Sunday, January 17, 2010

Living in a world where vampires are the dominate species is about as safe as bare backing a 5 dollar whore.

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

Vampires suck. They didn't used to but now they do. Back in the olden days with classics like Fright Night, Bram Stoker's Dracula (despite Keanu), Nosferatu, and Interview with a Vampire vampires were feared and loved. Feared because they were genuinely terrifying but loved because they were so devious but so calm, cool and collected. Heck even Leslie Neelson made a decent vampire. But then vampires took a more demonic tone with movies like Dracula 2000, Van Helsing, Blade and the Underworld series. Now they were mostly feared but also kind of badass. But in 2005 something started to change. A book came out called Twilight. Vampires were now hot and so were werewolves. Slowly but surely people stopped fearing vampires but instead wanted to make love to them. The final nail came when the movie version of Twilight was released as well as a show called True Blood coming out. Then vampires stopped mattering as evil creatures and now people only care about the sexy SPARKLY vampires. Do people even remember 30 Days of Night now besides people who LIKE movies? And so its understandable that when a new vampire movie comes out that people write it off. And I almost wrote Daybreakers off. That was until I saw it one day when there was nothing better to do. Is it a groundbreaking film? No. Is it a masterpiece? No. Its just a decent well made thriller that is entertaining to watch.

The story of Daybreakers is an interesting one. In 2019 a virus turns nearly every human into a vampire. Now the vampire population hunts and harvests humans as a way to feast on blood. If they don't get blood they turn into bat like demons zombies. When the movie starts the vampires are running low on blood. To avoid extinction an executive named Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) hire Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke and yes another vampire Edward) a hematologist to help find a solution to this problem by either finding all of the humans or finding a blood substitute that can help solve the problem. While Edward is finding out a way to help he bumps into Elvis (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan) who have found a cure to vamparism. Now its just a matter of mass producing it.

Its part sci fi epic like the Matrix, part vampire horror like 30 Days of Night and part black comedy...or at least that's what I got out of it. Its funny but not silly, dark but not depressing and it does have some pretty decent scares in it as well. All the acting is decent but Willem Dafoe in my opinion was amazing as always. Hawke was good but he's never been a big favorite of mine.

Overall its a campy, dark, violent, funny thriller that isn't groundbreaking but a good way to spend 100 minutes. There are much worse movies than this and hopefully this movie will get more love.


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