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Daybreakers (2009)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A sort of original screenplay
Director The Spierig Brothers
Writers/Script The Spierig Brothers
Starring Ethen Hawke, William Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan

Elevator Pitch: It is 2019 (yes it is) and the virtually the whole human race have become vampires, the remaining humans being solely a source of blood. But the blood is running out, and vampirs not supplied become terrible batlike creatures who attack everybody. Edward Dalton is a scientist, with sympathy towards the humans who is attempting to develop a blood substitute. He becomes involved with some humans and meets a former vampire who has become human again. They find that they can convert the vampire piopulation back into humans, but will they be in time?

Content:  There is a lot of violence as vampires bite humans and a variety of firefights with guns and crossbows take place. People are decapitated and sometimes explode when staked. The boss of the company providing the blood and looking for a substitute is sinister. The humans travel about in the country and are mostly pursued by the vampire military. There is a subplot involving the boss’s daughter which did not quite make sense (to me).

A View: This vampire movie arrived when there were a lot of them in cinemas, on DVD and Blueray. However it was not disliked by the critics maybe because of the slightly unusual take on the genre. I don’t think it quite made sense, and for much of the time it relied on the vampire antipathy to sunlight, not daylight, which is a movie thing, and we might wonder why the vampires turn into these horrific creatures if deprived of blood, but it does make the movie more interesting. So probably a watch for nothing if you like the genre.

Additional Info: As often happens in this sort of film one of the characters pulls the dust sheet off a car, to reveal a classic vehicle. In this case it was a Pontiac Transam – worth a lot of money today.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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