Daybreakers (2009) Movie Review

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Daybreakers (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
98 minutes / 1h 38min

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Daybreakers Plot Synopsis:

In a world 10 years into the future, vampires make up the vast majority of the population with only 5% of the human race remaining. This presents particular challenges as the vampires' food supply - human blood - is dwindling and rationing is now the norm. There is growing evidence that vampires deprived of an adequate blood supply are themselves evolving into wild, vile creatures that attack anyone and anything in order to survive. Dr. Edward Dalton, a vampire and hematologist who works for a pharmaceutical firm, has been working on finding an artificial blood supply that will meet the vampire society's needs. He is sympathetic to humans and sees his work as a way of alleviating their suffering but his views on finding a solution change considerably when he meets someone who found a way to transform himself from being a vampire to again take human form.

Daybreakers (2009) Review

Daybreakers (2009) is a 1h 38-min rate R Australian science-fiction action horror film that was shot in several locations in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Directors and writers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig are two brothers that have also directed Predestination (2014), Undead (2003), and The Big Picture (2000) together. The brothers did wonders with this movie that went with the idea of if vampires take over the world where individuals work their usual jobs but at nights now. The screenplay is by far anything from original, but it was executed in a way that made it different as it had its own special touches throughout the film.

Police officers went about their business as usual which is cracking down on homeless people who cannot locate sufficient sources of blood and cannot afford the price for Bromley Marks’ product. The homeless people ends up starving which results in them transforming into savages. Tunnels that looks like skywalks are built to help shield the citizens from the sun when traveling in the day and cars are equipped with specialized cameras that allow them to drive in the daytime with their cars shielded with UV shielding.

Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke - Gattaca (1997), Before Sunset (2004), Training Day (2001), Before Sunrise (1995)) is a vampire that did not want to turn and is not happy with the never ending vampiric life and so is many other vampires. Edward gets his blood supply from animals and is working on a blood substitute because he wants it for himself and humans. Edward looks like an average person if you are not looking at his eyes and teeth.

Ethan Hawke gave us a convincing performance as he tries to retain his humanity although he is having darker urges for blood. Sam Neill came in second place for his performance on my list as he did an excellent job portraying his character. Daybreakers did a fantastic job representing our daily life and differed from another vampire movie with its social commentary. There is no romantic feel to the film and no vampire falling in love with a human, but it has an urban feel to it. One of the main things that the movie expressed to me is that life is not all sunshine, and we cannot get everything we want. I would recommend Daybreakers to all horror and vampire fans because it was a good movie.

  • Daybreakers Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.20
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7

About Daybreakers 2009

Title: Daybreakers
Year: 2009
Runtime: 98 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 114,602 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 114,602
MPAA Rating: R
Daybreakers Cast Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Kirby, Alex Revan, Isabel Lucas, Michelle Atkinson, Brooke Chamberlain, Tiffany Lamb, John Gibson, Matthew Wollaston, Claudia Karvan, Jay Laga'aia, Wayne Smith, Michael Dorman, Bryan Probets, David Vallon, David Knijnenburg, Aolani Roy, Candice Storey, Simon Burvill-Holmes, Renai Caruso, Anne Bennetts, Chris Brown, Kellie Vella, Harriet Minto-Day, Kirsten Cameron, Scot McQade, Carl Rush, Mungo McKay
Daybreakers Writers: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Daybreakers Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Box Office: $30,000,000
Production: Lionsgate
Language: English
Country: Australia, USA