139. Daybreakers (2009)

Starts with bite at first, but sucks towards the end

7/10
Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Written by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill

The impending doom of mankind’s extinction has always been a neat concept to rely on for thrillers. The Australian Spierig brothers, however, give this recycled idea a bloodthirsty twist in their gruesome vampire flick, Daybreakers. While the film could have expanded on its original concept by relating the vampire spread to more contemporary issues that we can see in our own time. Alas, we’re left thirsting for something more substantial.

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Edward (Hawke… and not the Twilight kind) is part of the world’s majority who have turned into a vampire as a result of a spreading virus that has left humans to be farmed like animals for their blood. While Edward works for a company that milks blood, his sympathy for the human race compels him to find a substitute blood – especially since blood is starting to fall to alarmingly low levels.

Despite the rather unresolved ending, Daybreakers is gruesomely fun. While the gore pulls us in at first, the cast, the darkly Gothic aesthetic and well executed action makes Daybreakers an enjoyable thriller with each fundamental expectation of a big budget Hollywood flick being fulfilled in this small scale blood splatter. Had the film preserved its energy for the final climax and resolution, instead of simply spraying blood everywhere, Daybreakers would have reigned immortal amongst vampire flicks.

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