February 1, 2010
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Director: Michael Spierig
Writer: Peter Spierig/Michael Spierig
Producer: Chris Brown/Sean Furst/Bryan Furst
Starring: Ethan Hawke/Williem Dafoe/Claudia Karvan/Sam Neill/Isabel Lucas
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 98 minutes
The entertainment world has been seeing quite a few vampire shows and movies as of late. 2008 and 2009 has shown us True Blood, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Vampire Diaries and the exceptionally fantastic Let The Right One In which is getting the American remake treatment (unfortunately). And now a new movie is added to that list: Daybreakers. In the near-future of 2017, because of a virus which caused inhabitants to turn into vampires, vampires outnumber the population of humans on Earth. As a result to vampires feeding on too many humans, the vampire race will cease to exist as well as the human race and as there’s a shortage to human blood supply, the vampires must find a way to survive before the rations run out.
To be honest, I was quite impressed with this movie considering everyone is lately obsessed with vampires and depicting them in different ways (it’s actually gotten to the point where vampires sparkle in sunlight instead of bursting into flames). The movie is pretty much the same as older vampire movies yet it’s unique. The story is actually pretty good and solid along with the plot which has a couple of holes in but wouldn’t spoil the movie enough. The acting was quite good and the special effects are brilliant. The gore and the action also add something great to the movie and the idea and concept of the movie is pretty much genius for a vampire movie. The fact that the humans go out their way to find a cure for the vampires and the way they can cure themselves is pretty much unthinkable and I would never have imagined it. The characters were well-planned and thought through and you cared about them and their struggle to survive in the vampire world. One thing I didn’t like much was the ending because it felt too short and cut-off but also suggests that there could be a sequel.
Overall, I would recommend vampire fans and movie fans alike to watch this movie as I think they would enjoy it a lot. I like the movie because, unlike most horror movies that are released nowadays, this didn’t rely too much on gore and more on the plot and story. It’s not exactly the movie you’d say would be one of your favourite movies ever but it is a movie that you would enjoy watching.