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Daybreakers (2010)



Critic Consensus: Though it arrives during an unfortunate glut of vampire movies, Daybreakers offers enough dark sci-fi thrills -- and enough of a unique twist on the genre -- to satisfy filmgoers.

Movie Info

Fresh off the success of their inventive take on the zombie genre, Undead masterminds Michael and Peter Spierig direct Ethan Hawke in an ambitious tale of a futuristic Earth populated entirely by vampires, and the efforts made by the creatures to ensure that their food supply doesn't run out as humankind is faced with extinction. The year is 2017, and a vampire plague has turned most of the planet's human population into bloodsucking ghouls. As the population of mortals fast begins to dwindle, a vampiric corporation sets out to capture and farm every remaining human while simultaneously researching a consumable blood substitute, headed by undead hematologist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke). His work is interrupted after stumbling onto a pocket of human survivors lead by Elvis (Willem Dafoe), a former vampire, whose past reveals a cure that could reverse the tide and save the human race. With time running out, Dalton's only hope lies in outsmarting the security forces of his boss (Sam Neill), whose goal isn't just to find a substitute, but to repopulate humanity in order to sell its blood to the highest bidder. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2010
Box Office: $30.0M
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Ethan Hawke
as Edward Dalton
Willem Dafoe
as Lionel 'Elvis' Corma...
Isabel Lucas
as Alison Bromley
Sam Neill
as Charles Bromley
Vince Colosimo
as Christopher Caruso
Jay Laga'aia
as Senator Turner
Claudia Karvan
as Audrey Bennett
Michael Dorman
as Frankie Dalton
Harriet Minto-Day
as Lisa Barrett
Damien Garvey
as Senator Westlake
Carl Rush
as Al Walker
Paul Sonkkila
as General Williams
Todd Levi
as Commissioner Turnbul...
Mungo McKay
as Colin Briggs
Emma Randall
as Ellie Landon
Charlotte Wilson
as Joy Watkins
John Gibson
as Detective Cosgrove
Robyn Moore
as Forensic Investigato...
Troy MacKinder
as Officer Hobbs
Christopher Kirby
as Jarvis Bayom
Des Coroy
as Businessman
Gabriella di Labio
as Businesswoman
Sahaj Dumpleton
as Homeless Vampire
Ben Siemer
as Police Officer
Peter Welman
as Police Officer
Callum Mclean
as Vampire School Kid
Jarrad Pon
as Vampire School Kid
Victoria Williams
as Vampire School Kid
Zoe White
as Vampire School Kid
Aolani Roy
as Vampire School Kid
Konrad Whitten
as Weathered Human
Tiffany Lamb
as News Reader
Renai Caruso
as Coffee Shop Attendan...
Chris Brown
as Subway Commuter
Rohan Smith
as Police Officer in Ca...
Kirsten Cameron
as Subway Commuter
Wayne Smith
as Inmate 4075B
Berni Chin
as Lab Technician
Joel Spreadborough
as Vampire Subject
Jane Wallace
as Bromley's Assistant
Bryan Probets
as Subsider in Kitchen
Glen Martin
as Coffee Buyer
David Vallon
as Janitor
Anne Bennetts
as Onlooker
Kellie Vella
as Subsider in Garage
Scot McQade
as Security Desk Office...
Jack Bradford
as Security Guard #1
Mark Finden
as Young Vampire Cadet
John Gibson
as Detective Cosgrove
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News & Interviews for Daybreakers

Critic Reviews for Daybreakers

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (31)

Daybreakers is the pinnacle of fun, modern sci-fi horror actioners.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

A rock-solid afternoon matinee sort of movie, packed as it is with so many disparate genre influences. Confidently crafted and legitimately clever.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

A slick, violent, and intensely gloomy horror/action/sci-fi hybrid that stands out in a crowded field of end-of-mankind movie scenarios.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Around here Daybreakers' clever streak runs out and the previously witty, refreshing film becomes a predictable action romp that's big on over-the-top gore but lacking in everything else.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

That Daybreakers biggest problem is that there isn't enough of it should tell you enough: watching it provides short-term entertainment, but like those voracious bloodsuckers, it'll just leave you wanting more.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

It's pretty clear that directors The Spierig Brothers are ready to make their mark as a couple of high-end horror genre auteurs.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Daybreakers


I liked it just for the fact it was a completely different approach on the genre than i was use to. Coming from fairly new directors Ill give them leeway on any plot holes and or mistakes made. overall i enjoyed it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

In spite of its intriguing idea and a good cinematography, this is a safe movie that never goes deep enough into the possibilities of its premise, relying on many coincidences and contrivances, and with an attempt at a "message" in the end that disappoints.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Again I must go against many bad reviews here as I quite liked this vampire tale. Some of the ideas in this film are really good, I loved how the human race has adapted to being vampires by building huge tunnel walkways under the cities (like subways) for getting about during the daylight and how cars are kitted out with daylight protection and UV alerts.

It's really quite cool and I would love my car to be like that hehe I also like the look of the vamps in this universe, simple pale faces with yellowish clear eyes that reflect light wonderfully, simple but effective and not everyone is a good looking gaunt vamp either which is more believeable. Other little bits like the death of a vampire when exposed to sunlight or struck through the heart was nice too, good explosions and ember usage although not a very original way of doing it. Much like the plot and the now overused 'world has been infected by virus leaving only a handful of resistance' story.

Things I didn't like about this film was firstly the way in which Hawke changes back to a human, I don't get how that worked, he just flashes himself to the sun for a few seconds??...huh?. Second was the casting of Dafoe and his character. Willem just didn't seem into it properly if you ask me, he wasn't given much to do and his acting was beyond normal cheese levels where as the rest weren't too bad, I stress weren't too bad, Neill being the best of course.

Lastly was the mutation of vampires into bat-like Nosferatu looking vampire creatures if they didn't get blood to feed on. I just felt that was stupid and not needed, why would they change into big bats??. Just about on par with the first 'Underworld', just.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Daybreakers Quotes

Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac: We're the folks with the crossbows.
– Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac: Day time driving man nothing beats it no traffic no cops trouble is if you ain't carefully you can get yourself one hell of a sunburn.
– Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac: Being human in a world full of vampires is about as safe as barebacking a five dollar whore.
– Submitted by Chris E (2 years ago)
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac: We're the guys with the crossbows.
– Submitted by Alex F (3 years ago)

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